The 1940s (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - History - 269 pages
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Twelve narrative chapters chronicle the nation's survival during wartime and its path toward unforeseen cultural shifts in the years ahead. Included are chapter bibliographies, a timeline, a cost comparison, and a suggested reading list for students. This latest addition to Greenwood's American Popular Culture Through History series is an invaluable contribution to the study of American popular culture.

The 1940s were like no other time in U.S. history. The nation went to war in both Europe and Asia; meanwhile, the American population shifted from being largely rural to predominantly urban. The greatest generation saw, and helped, America change forever. Robert Sickels captures the many ways in which the nation's popular culture grew and evolved. The 1940s saw the emergence of such phenomena as television, Levittown housing, comic-book superheroes, pre-packaged foods, Christian Dior's New Look, the original swing music, and the first Beatniks. Twelve narrative chapters chronicle the nation's survival during wartime and its path toward unforeseen cultural shifts in the years ahead.

Included are chapter bibliographies, a timeline, a cost comparison, and a suggested reading list for students. This latest addition to Greenwood's American Popular Culture Through History series is an invaluable contribution to the study of American popular culture.

  

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Contents

Everyday America
3
world of Youth
27
Popular Culture of the 1940s
43
Advertising
45
Architecture
65
Fashion
79
Food
97
Leisure Activities
111
Music
155
Performing Arts
181
Travel
205
Visual Arts
219
1940S
237
Notes
241
Bibliography and Further Reading
255
Index
263

Literature
131

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ROBERT SICKELS

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