Nation of Outsiders How the White Middle Class Fell in Love with Rebellion in Postwar America

ISBN-10: 0195393139
ISBN-13: 9780195393132
Edition: 2011
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/3/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 9.40" wide x 6.50" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

From the rebellious Marlon Brando in The Wild One to the protest music of Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan, Americans in the 1950s increasingly embraced figures they understood as outsiders, using them to re-imagine their own cultural position as marginal and alienated. In this wide-ranging and vividly written cultural history, Grace Elizabeth Hale sheds light on why so many white middle-class people decided to see themselves as outsiders and how this unprecedented shift changed American culture and society. She shows that encounters with so-called outsiders--from the Beat poets to Elvis Presley--enabled increasing numbers of middle-class whites to cut themselves free of their own histories and to identify with those who, while lacking economic, political, or social privilege, seemed to possess instead vital cultural resources and a depth of feeling not found in "grey flannel" America. This romance of the outsider would ultimately spark wide changes in society, from hippie counterculture to the renewal of fundamentalist Christianity, whose believers began to see their isolation and separatism as strengths.

Grace Elizabeth Hale is Associate Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Outsiders and Rebels
Learning to Love Outsiders
Lost Children of Plenty: Growing Up as Rebellion
Rebel Music: Minstrelsy, Rock and Roll, and Beat Writing
Black as Folk: The Folk Music Revival, the Civil Rights Movement, and Bob Dylan
Rebels on the Right: Conservatives as Outsiders in Liberal America
Romance in Action
New White Negrose in Action; Students for a Democratic Society, the Economic Research and Action Project, and Freedom Summer
Too Much Love: Black Power and the Search for other outsiders
The Making of Christian Countercultures: God's Outsiders from the Jesus People to Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority
Rescue: Christian Outsiders in Action in the Anti-abortion Movement
Conclusion: The Cost of Rebellion
Notes
Index

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