Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era

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Basic Books, Sep 23, 2008 - History - 320 pages
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A revised edition of the classic, myth-shattering exploration of American family life during the Cold War.
When Homeward Bound first appeared in 1988, it forever changed how we understand Cold War America. Elaine Tyler May demonstrated that the Atomic Age and the Cold War shaped American life not just in national politics, but at every level of society, from the boardroom to the bedroom. Her notion of "domestic containment" is now the standard interpretation of the era, and Homeward Bound has become a classic. This new edition includes an updated introduction and a new epilogue examining the legacy of Cold War obsessions with personal and family security in the present day.
 

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First published in 1988, Homeward Bound is an important cultural study focusing on family and the baby boom phenomenon after WWII. May lays out gender relationships since the Depression and carefully ... Read full review

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May (history, Minnesota) seeks to reconcile two prevailing but contradictory images of the 1950s: the notion of domestic tranquility and happiness amidst the fears and tensions of the Cold War. She ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION 1
1
COLD WAR WARM HEARTH 19
19
HARD TIMES AT HOME 39
39
FANNING THE HOME FIRES 58
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SEX WOMEN AND THE BOMB 89
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SEXUAL CONTAINMENT ON THEHOME FRONT 109
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THE REPRODUCTIVE CONSENSUS 129
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CONSUMERISM AND THE MODERN HOME 153
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FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE 174
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THE BABY BOOM COMESOF AGE 198
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THE AFTERMATH OF SEPTEMBER 11 2001 217
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Appendices 229
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Notes 249
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Index 289
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Elaine Tyler May is the Regents Professor in the Departments of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota. She is the author books including America and the Pill, Homeward Bound, and Barren in the Promised Land, which received Honorable Mention for the William J. Goode Book Award. The former president of the American Studies Association and the Organization of American Historians, May has contributed to Ms., the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications.

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