By Tom Prezelski
Cross-Posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion
When I started cross-posting here, Mike Bryan suggested that, at some point, I plug the book that I am working on. I am not going to do that, except to say that this post arises from someone else's good book on the subject that actually cites my work.
El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition by David E. Hayes-Bautista, which was published by the University of California Press last year, traces the origins of May 5th celebrations in the United States to 19th century California. We hear all the time that the day is in many ways a bigger deal north of the border than it is in Mexico, and the book goes a long way toward explaining why. The holiday has its roots in Civil War politics and what amounted to a shrewd public relations campaign that reminds us once again that, contrary to anything we hear from Tom Horne, the history of our two nations is inseparable.