1940s

ISBN-10: 0313312990
ISBN-13: 9780313312991
Edition: 2004
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 4/30/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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.

Robert J. Sickels is the author of articles appearing in The American Political Science Review and the Yale Law Review Sickels earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University and teaches political science at the University of New Mexico.

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Timeline of the 1940s
Life and Youth During the 1940s
Everyday America
World of Youth
Popular Culture of the 1940s
Advertising
Architecture
Fashion
Food
Leisure Activities
Literature
Music
Performing Arts
Travel
Visual Arts
Cost of Products in the 1940s
Notes
Bibliography and Further Reading
Index

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