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Behind the Christmas Tree : The Surprising Story of a German Abolitionist Radical and America's Favorite Evergreen
by Stephen Nissenbaum


Overview - From the Pulitzer Prize finalist  The Battle for Christmas,  here is the story of America's first reported Christmas tree: a tale of antislavery and radical German philosophy, a popular British travel writer and Boston Brahmin elites, the education of nineteenth-century children and candles blowing in the wind. 

Now-forgotten chronicler Harriet Martineau immortalized what became known as the first American Christmas tree, set up in the house of her friend Charles Follen. But she neglected to explain what brought the two of them together in the first place: a passion for abolition.
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Overview
From the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Battle for Christmas, here is the story of America's first reported Christmas tree: a tale of antislavery and radical German philosophy, a popular British travel writer and Boston Brahmin elites, the education of nineteenth-century children and candles blowing in the wind. 

Now-forgotten chronicler Harriet Martineau immortalized what became known as the first American Christmas tree, set up in the house of her friend Charles Follen. But she neglected to explain what brought the two of them together in the first place: a passion for abolition.  Martineau  also failed to mention Follen's convoluted path to America, from banished German radical to Harvard professor and U.S. citizen. Stephen Nissenbaum explains all in this amusing and somewhat astonishing expose of the Christmas tree, taken  from his definitive and award-winning history of Christmas in America.

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  • ISBN: 9781101911518
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Date: Dec 2014
  • Seller Statement: Sold by Random House, Inc.
 
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