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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 1970s

Author : Kelly Boyer Sagert
ISBN : 0313339198
Genre : History
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Covering the turbulent decade that ushered in Ms. magazine, Mood rings, Studio 54, Stephen King horror novels, and granola, this compelling book chronicles the significant changes in our country during the "Me Decade" of the 1970s.

Fad Mania

Author : Cynthia Overbeck Bix
ISBN : 9781467747936
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!

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 : 9780748618859
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 1990s

Author : Marc Oxoby
ISBN : 0313316155
Genre : Social Science
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The last decade of the millennium was, in many ways, the most diverse and fascinating in the history of American culture. Alternative subcultures gained unprecedented exposure, manifest in such phenomena as grunge music, "gansta" rap, hip-hop fashion, raves, extreme sports, and the art of Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano. Twelve narrative chapters depict the United States as brought to you by Generation X--a culture busting out in new and unforeseen ways.

America In The 1950s

Author : Edmund Lindop
ISBN : 9780822576426
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Outlines the important social, political, economic, cultural, and technological events that happened in the United States from 1950 to 1959.

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