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The Hidden History of Holidays

Narrated by: Hannah Harvey
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: History, World
4 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Our favorite moments from The Hidden History of the Holidays

Chapter Three – Lecture Two
  • Chapter Three – Lecture Two
Christmas
Chapter Fourteen – Lecture Thirteen
  • Chapter Fourteen – Lecture Thirteen
Mother's Day
Chapter Nineteen – Lecture Eighteen
  • Chapter Nineteen – Lecture Eighteen
Halloween

  • Chapter Three – Lecture Two
  • Christmas
  • Chapter Fourteen – Lecture Thirteen
  • Mother's Day
  • Chapter Nineteen – Lecture Eighteen
  • Halloween

About the Professor

Dr. Hannah B. Harvey is an award-winning teacher, an internationally recognized performer, and a nationally known professional storyteller. She earned her PhD in Performance Studies/Communication Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While teaching at Kennesaw State University, she received an Honors Program Distinguished Teacher award and an Alumni Association Commendation for Teaching Impact. As a performance ethnographer, Dr. Harvey develops oral histories into theatrical and solo storytelling works that highlight the true stories of contemporary Appalachian people. Her performance, Out of the Dark: The Oral Histories of Appalachian Coal Miners, earned her a directing award from adjudicators at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in 2007 and three year-end awards from professional critics in 2005. Harvey’s written research has been honored by the American Folklore Society and has been featured in Storytelling, Self, and Society, of which she is managing editor.

Dr. Harvey has delivered award-winning performances and has conducted workshops at festivals and universities in the United States and around the world. She has performed as a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee; received accolades for her performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland; and led intercultural workshops at the University Hassan II, Ben M’Sik, in Casablanca, Morocco.

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An enjoyable listen, but a few inaccuracies

The subject is a fun listen for those who would like a broad overview of the holidays. For the most part it is educational. For history buffs though there are some inaccuracies that will be annoying.One slight slip is thinking Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar are the same person. They are not. They are two different people. August is not another name for Julius Caesar, the conqueror/genocidal maniac of Gaul, it is instead for his adopted son Octavius. Who changed his name to Julius Caesar after the adoption and later given the title Augustus by the senate. A little thing, but the historian in me gets irked.

Another inaccuracy that comes to mind is the Christmas truce of 1914. While in 1917 the American troops may have seen some semblance of the 1914 truce, it certainly wasn't the famous truce of 1914. Americans had not entered the war at that point. I will concede that there may have been volunteer American solders at the time. The way she presents it, is as if the American expeditionary force was present for the 1914 truce.

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Very Interesting

Good stories on how the holidays came to be. But not for children. I think children should have rhe pleasure of the make believe and when we grow up we can learn the real story.

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Very interesting information!

I enjoyed both the speaker's voice and the information provided. You will learn a lot about US holidays.

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A book I would listen to again

Loved it - start to finish! I love learning about the many traditions the holidays pull from and knowing that everything has meaning.

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well researched documentation of popular holidays

The author is a well spoken and theatrical narrator who voice in the written word as well and with the inflection of her voice will keep you reading from start to finish. This is a wonderfum piece that dives past religious beliefs and baised about the homidays to bring about the most well-rounded POV for us to be enlightened.

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Not much information

Felt that the book wasn't much more information than I've heard on my own. I also thought that the narration would be more interesting considering her storytelling education. The only one I found interesting was the Halloween section at the end of the book.

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Great Only If You’re Christian

My husband and I started listening while we were in the car. After a half hour, we were completely done. With the exception of one mention of Thanksgiving, every example was about Christmas or Easter.

We felt her lectures were very one sided and aimed at a Christian audience. This may be the result of her educational and life experiences, but I wish we were forewarned.

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amazing revelation about holidays

I loved listening to this while driving for work.
I never knew so much history went into our holidays

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Great if you like stories

I didn’t finish the book. I thought it was going to be more of a lecture style then a story telling.

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Fascinating and Delightful

So much fascinating information presented in a delightful and entertaining package. The amount of research that went into these lectures is impressive.

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