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When Homeward Bound first appeared in 1988, it altered the way we understood Cold War America. The post-World War II era was thought of as a time when Americans turned away from politics to enjoy the fruits of peace and prosperity, while their leaders remained preoccupied with the dangers of the Atomic Age. Elaine Tyler May demonstrated that the Cold War infused life on every level from the boardroom to the bedroom. This new edition includes up-to-date information and references, along with an epilogue that examines how the legacy of the Cold War has shaped America since September 11, 2001.
Elaine May mounts a compelling argument about the relationship between the post-war rush into a new domesticity and the spread of Cold War ideology.
1 Containment at Home: Cold War, Warm Hearth 19
2 Depression: Hard Times at Home 39
3 War and Peace: Fanning the Home Fires 58
4 Explosive Issues: Sex, Women, and the Bomb 89
5 Brinkmanship: Sexual Containment on the Home Front 109
6 Baby Boom and Birth Control: The Reproductive Consensus 129
7 The Commodity Gap: Consumerism and the Modern Home 153
8 Hanging Together: For Better Or for Worse 174
9 The End of Containment: The Baby Boom Comes of Age 198
Epilogue Echoes of the Cold War: The Aftermath of September 11, 2001 217
Posted January 12, 2010
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