the 1950s american popular culture through history

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The 1950s

Author : William H. Young
ISBN : 0313323933
Genre : History
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This volume presents a nuanced look at an often romanticized yet surprisingly complex time in American popular culture.

The 1910s

Author : David Blanke
ISBN : 0313312516
Genre : History
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Examines American cultural life and its influences during the second decade of the twentieth century, covering youth culture, entertainment, food, fashion, advertising, architecture, leisure activities, and the arts.

With Amusement For All

Author : LeRoy Ashby
ISBN : 9780813123974
Genre : History
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With Amusement for All contextualizes what Americans have done for fun since 1830, showing the reciprocal nature of the relationships among social, political, economic, and cultural forces and the ways in which the entertainment world has reflected, changed, or reinforced the values of American society.

American Culture In The 1950s

Author : Martin Halliwell
ISBN : 9780748628902
Genre : History
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This book provides a stimulating account of the dominant cultural forms of 1950s America: fiction and poetry; theatre and performance; film and television; music and radio; and the visual arts. Through detailed commentary and focused case studies of influential texts and events - from Invisible Man to West Side Story, from Disneyland to the Seattle World's Fair, from Rear Window to The Americans - the book examines the way in which modernism and the cold war offer two frames of reference for understanding the trajectory of postwar culture. The two core aims of this volume are to chart the changing complexion of American culture in the years following World War II and to provide readers with a critical investigation of 'the 1950s'. The book provides an intellectual context for approaching 1950s American culture and considers the historical impact of the decade on recent social and cultural developments.

The Rural Gothic In American Popular Culture

Author : B. Murphy
ISBN : 9781137353726
Genre : Performing Arts
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The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture argues that complex and often negative initial responses of early European settlers continue to influence American horror and gothic narratives to this day. The book undertakes a detailed analysis of key literary and filmic texts situated within consideration of specific contexts.

The 1940 S

Author : Tim Wood
ISBN : 1932889728
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Text and pictures highlight the main events of the 1940s.

That Half Barbaric Twang

Author : Karen Linn
ISBN : 025206433X
Genre : Music
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This is an interpretation of the changing and conflicting images of a musical instrument as found in the national, commercial culture of the United States.

As Seen On Tv

Author : Karal Ann Marling
ISBN : 9780674735286
Genre : History
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From the painting-by-numbers fad to the public fascination with the First Lady's apparel to the television sensation of Elvis Presley to the sculptural refinement of the automobile, Marling explores what Americans saw and what they looked for in the 1950s with a gaze newly trained by TV.

Fad Mania

Author : Cynthia Overbeck Bix
ISBN : 9781467710343
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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College students crammed into phone booths. Couples dancing until they drop. Daredevils swallowing one live goldfish after another. Streakers dashing naked down the street. Planking and flash mobs and robotic pets. These are just some of the crazy fads that have caught hold in the United States over the last century. Where do these ideas come from and why do they catch people's imagination? Fads reflect the mood and spirit of a particular time, and they offer insight into a nation's culture. The 1950s, for example, was a time of economic prosperity and technological development. Americans expressed their delight in new inventions in many creative ways. One popular craze on college campuses was to stuff as many people as possible into a phone booth. On one campus, twenty-five people managed to squeeze into a single booth! In earlier decades, marked by the Depression and World War II, dance marathon frenzy caught on. Promoters lured couples with promises of fame and monetary prizes for those who could dance for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of hours. And great ideas never die. Almost one hundred years later, dance marathons came back. One creative variation, the flash mob dance, attracts spontaneous performances that range from flash mob wedding dances to ?Gangnam Style" K-Pop flash mobs in cities all over the world. Fad Mania! explores a century of American crazes, offering an entertaining and informative look at the major historical events of each decade and the fads that defined them. As you learn more about smiley buttons and Webkinz, you may just be able to predict this decade's next craze!

Queers In American Popular Culture

Author : Jim Elledge
ISBN : 9780313354571
Genre : Gays in popular culture
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A collection of articles explores the role of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons in shaping American popular culture from the late 1800s to the present.

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