Jana Weiß is a historian with a focus on U.S. and transatlantic history. Her dissertation highlights the contested public debates over the entanglements of patriotism, religion, and politics on U.S. patriotic holidays after 1945. In her current project she analyses the technological and cultural transfer of the “German art of brewing” to the U.S. in the 19th century.

Book review: Contesting Commemoration: The 1876 Centennial, Independence Day, and the Reconstruction-Era South.

   Louisiana State University Press, 2021. $45.00   How does a nation celebrate itself when it is in many ways still at war with itself? Jack Noe tackles this question in his engaging study of nationalism and identity in the post-Civil War South through the lens of Independence Day celebrations… Continue reading