The War in American Culture: Society and Consciousness During World War II

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Lewis A. Erenberg, Susan E. Hirsch
University of Chicago Press, May 15, 1996 - History - 346 pages
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The War in American Culture explores the role of World War II in the transformation of American social, cultural, and political life.

World War II posed a crisis for American culture: to defeat the enemy, Americans had to unite across the class, racial and ethnic boundaries that had long divided them. Exploring government censorship of war photography, the revision of immigration laws, Hollywood moviemaking, swing music, and popular magazines, these essays reveal the creation of a new national identity that was pluralistic, but also controlled and sanitized. Concentrating on the home front and the impact of the war on the lives of ordinary Americans, the contributors give us a rich portrayal of family life, sexuality, cultural images, and working-class life in addition to detailed consideration of African Americans, Latinos, and women who lived through the unsettling and rapidly altered circumstances of wartime America.
  

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User Review  - Brittany Rivera - Goodreads

Read most of the essays, skimmed through some. There were a few exceptional essays, I especially liked the ones about women's involvement in the war, but for the most part it was okay. Not great, not terrible. Pretty informative. Read full review

Review: The War in American Culture: Society and Consciousness during World War II

User Review  - Stella - Goodreads

This book didn't change my life, but I very much enjoyed reading it. I love the authors too. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The Quest for National Unity
15
No Time for Privacy World War II and Chicagos Families
17
Censoring Disorder American Visual Imagery of World War II
46
Making the American Consensus The Narrative of Conversion and Subversion in World War II Films
71
Interpreting the American Way
103
The Working Class Goes to War
105
Rosie the Riveter Gets Married
128
Native Sons and the Good War Retelling the Myth of American Indian Assimilation
217
Mobilization for Change
239
No Victory at the Workplace Women and Minorities at Pullman during World War II
241
Traditions from Home African Americans in Wartime Richmond California
263
ZootSuiters and Cops Chicano Youth and the Los Angeles Police Department during World War II
284
The New Political Paradigm
311
World War II and American Liberalism
313
CONTRIBUTORS
331

Swing Goes to War Glenn Miller and the Popular Music of World War II
144
The Challenge of Race and Resistance to Change
167
Race Language and War in Two Cultures World War II in Asia
169
The Changing Path to Citizenship Ethnicity and Naturalization during World War II
202
NAME INDEX
335
TITLE INDEX
339
SUBJECT INDEX
342
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