Everything Was Better in America: Print Culture in the Great Depression

Everything Was Better in America: Print Culture in the Great Depression

by David Welky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252075048

ISBN-13: 9780252075049

Pub. Date: 05/02/2008

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

As a counterpart to research on the 1930s that has focused on liberal and radical writers calling for social revolution, David Welky offers this eloquent study of how mainstream print culture shaped and disseminated a message affirming conservative middle-class values and assuring its readers that holding to these values would get them through hard times. Through

Overview

As a counterpart to research on the 1930s that has focused on liberal and radical writers calling for social revolution, David Welky offers this eloquent study of how mainstream print culture shaped and disseminated a message affirming conservative middle-class values and assuring its readers that holding to these values would get them through hard times. Through analysis of the era's most popular newspaper stories, magazines, and books, Welky examines how voices both outside and within the media debated the purposes of literature and the meaning of cultural literacy in a mass democracy. He presents lively discussions of such topics as the newspaper treatment of the Lindbergh kidnapping, issues of race in coverage of the 1936 Olympic games, domestic dynamics and gender politics in cartoons and magazines, Superman's evolution from a radical outsider to a spokesman for the people, and the popular consumption of such novels as the Ellery Queen mysteries, Gone with the Wind, and The Good Earth. Through these close readings, Welky uncovers the subtle relationship between the messages that mainstream media strategically crafted and those that their target audience wished to hear.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252075049
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
05/02/2008
Series:
History of Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: "A Time Not to Rock the Boat"     1
Newspapers
The Press Encounters the New Deal     17
Kidnapping America's Child     28
Olympic Feats of Americanism     45
The Gumps: America's Comic-Strip Family     67
Magazines
How to Slant a Magazine     83
Life, the War, and Everything     96
Defining Womanhood in the Ladies' Home Journal     114
Patriot Number One, the Man of Steel     130
Books
Mainstreaming the Book Industry     149
Finding Security in Best Sellers     160
Ellery Queen Restores Order     177
Gone With the Wind, but Not Forgotten     193
Conclusion: "Everything Was Better in America"     215
Notes     221
Index     251

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