Looking at Life Magazine

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Looking at LIFE Magazine focuses on how the magazine, in its editorial and especially its pictorial style, played a leading role in shaping American national identity from the Great depression through the Vietnam War. The thirteen contributors discuss how and why Life became so popular, what political and social views it reflected and projected, how the editors tried to create an image of a unified and classless nation, and why that vision and the magazine itself ultimately failed. In essays ranging from Life is ...
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Overview

Looking at LIFE Magazine focuses on how the magazine, in its editorial and especially its pictorial style, played a leading role in shaping American national identity from the Great depression through the Vietnam War. The thirteen contributors discuss how and why Life became so popular, what political and social views it reflected and projected, how the editors tried to create an image of a unified and classless nation, and why that vision and the magazine itself ultimately failed. In essays ranging from Life is coverage of civil rights, sexuality, and the atomic bomb to its treatment of religion, masculinity, and the counterculture, the contributors explore Life is style and public response, demonstrating the magazine is important place in American cultural History.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781560989899
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1901
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: Looking at Life: Rethinking America's Favorite Magazine, 1936-1972 1
1 Life-Style Modernity: Making Modern America 25
2 Who Read Life? The Circulation of America's Favorite Magazine 41
3 Friend or Foe: Life's Wartime Images of the Chinese 55
4 The Pitiless Spotlight of Publicity: Life and the World War II-Era Exposure of American Extremists 77
5 Imagining the Atomic Age: Life and the Atom 103
6 Life Comes to Corporate Headquarters 123
7 The Image of Religion in American Life, 1936-1951 139
8 Gazing at Race in the Pages of Life: Picturing Segregation through Theory and History 159
9 Masculinity under Fire: Life's Presentation of Camaraderie and Homoeroticism before, during, and after the Second World War 179
10 The Smutty Side of Life: Picturing Babes and Icons of Gender Difference in the Early 1950s 201
11 Visualizing Black America: Gordon Parks at Life, 1948-1971 221
12 The Life of the Party 245
13 Bridging the Two Americas: Life Looks at the 1960s 261
Contributors 279
Index 281
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