Culture As History: The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

Culture As History: The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by Warren I. Susman
     
 

With amazing creativity, clarity, and wit, Warren Susman (1927-1985) takes us on a provocative tour of the highlights of American culture. By looking at all types of 20th-century culture—highbrow, lowbrow, and middlebrow—Susman shows how culture itself has become a battleground for competing visions of American life. Fourteen essays include such topics

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With amazing creativity, clarity, and wit, Warren Susman (1927-1985) takes us on a provocative tour of the highlights of American culture. By looking at all types of 20th-century culture—highbrow, lowbrow, and middlebrow—Susman shows how culture itself has become a battleground for competing visions of American life. Fourteen essays include such topics as the nature of American conservatism, the cultural contradictions of a consumer society, and the role of the urban experience in the development of American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588340511
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,089,501
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
American Hieroglyphics: A Note on the Illustrations
Introduction: Toward a History of the Culture of Abundance
IHistory as Myth and Ideology1
1History and the American Intellectual: The Uses of a Usable Past7
2The Frontier Thesis and the American Intellectual27
3Uses of the Puritan Past39
IIIdeology as Culture51
4The Nature of American Conservatism57
5Socialism and Americanism75
6The Persistence of Reform86
IIICulture as History99
7Culture and Civilization: The Nineteen-Twenties105
8Culture Heroes: Ford, Barton, Ruth122
9The Culture of the Thirties150
10Culture and Commitment184
11The People's Fair: Cultural Contradictions of a Consumer Society211
IVTransitions and Transformations231
12The City in American Culture237
13Culture and Communications252
14"Personality" and the Making of Twentieth-Century Culture271
Afterwords: Past and Present in the Twentieth Century287
Notes291
Index311

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