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'A Christmas Carol's' American Roots

Wednesday, December 12, 2018: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   12/12/2018 18:00:00 12/12/2018 19:00:00 America/Anguilla 'A Christmas Carol's' American Roots Wednesday, December 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Dr. Daniel Gifford shares how 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens mirrors a major turning point in American History. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY


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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is one of the most beloved and widely known pieces of holiday literature. But what can this tale of Yuletide redemption from 1843 tell us about antebellum America? Take a new journey through the story to discover details and structures that many of us may have never noticed. These elements are important clues to seeing A Christmas Carol in a new light, as holiday scholar Daniel Gifford argues that Dickens' English tale mirrors a major turning point in American history. This is no coincidence since Dickens had only recently returned from America, including traveling down the Ohio River. Come discover a new, and decidedly American perspective on this classic holiday story. Dr. Daniel Gifford's career spans academia, museum curation and administration (including several years with the Smithsonian Institution), public history outreach, and both print and online publishing. His first book examines deep divides at the height of the Progressive Era as expressed through holidays and holiday imagery, and his expertise on American holidays has been featured by NPR, the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today among many others. He received both his Master’s and Ph.D. in American history from George Mason University.
'A Christmas Carol's' American Roots

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