T-G-I-F — four of the most beloved letters in the alphabet… but who’d be thankful if Saturday wasn’t a day off? In fact, it wasn’t officially part of the American weekend until 1940 (although “St. Monday” was often reserved for nursing hangovers). When did Americans start drawing a line between labor and leisure? Once they had time off, what did they do with it? When did we start feeling “bored,” and has idleness historically been a virtue or a sin? Why does play now involve so much work? Got a story or question about the changing nature of leisure?
"BackStory with the American History Guys," a new public radio show hosted by historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh, is seeking callers for its "History of Leisure" show. If you'd like to participate (it takes about eight minutes), email Catherine Moore by Tuesday, July 8th, at the latest.
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