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Ray Rast

Ray Rast

Ray Rast is an associate professor of history at Gonzaga University. He specializes in 20th-century U.S. history, with areas of focus that include cultural history, urban history, Latine historyand the history of the American West. He also practices public history, with an emphasis on historic preservation and interpretation. He has worked closely with the National Park Service and community stakeholders to create the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument and to preserve numerous other sites associated with Latine history.

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‘White Christmas’ by Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby made Christmas a celebration for all Americans

By: - December 24, 2023

Irving Berlin was a Jewish immigrant who loved America. As his 1938 song “God Bless America” suggests, he believed deeply in the nation’s potential for goodness, unity and global leadership. In 1940, he wrote another quintessential American song, “White Christmas,” which the popular entertainer Bing Crosby eventually made famous. But this was a profoundly sad […]