Behind the Christmas Tree: The Surprising Story of a German Abolitionist Radical and America's Favorite Evergreen - eBook  -     By: Stephen Nissenbaum
Buy Item InStock0.99$0.99 Add To Cart

Add To Wishlist

Behind the Christmas Tree: The Surprising Story of a German Abolitionist Radical and America's Favorite Evergreen - eBook

Vintage / 2014 / ePub

$0.99 (CBD Price)
In Stock
CBD Stock No: WW73234EB

Flash Sale
* This product is available for purchase only in the USA.

Have questions about eBooks? Check out our eBook FAQs.

Product Information

Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Vintage
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781101911518
ISBN-13: 9781101911518

Publisher's Description

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.

An eBook short.

Author Bio

Stephen Nissenbaum is professor of history emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and adjunct professor of history at the University of Vermont. In addition to The Battle for Christmas (1996), he has written Sex, Diet, and Debility in Jacksonian America (1980) and Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft (1974, co-authored with Paul Boyer and a finalist for the National Book Award as well as winner of the John H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association). The Battle for Christmas was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in History.

Product Reviews

Be the first to write a review!

Ask Christianbook


Ask Christianbook

What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours.

If you need immediate assistance regarding this product or any other, please call 1-800-CHRISTIAN to speak directly with a customer service representative.

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review

Start A New Search