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The second edition of Movies and American Society is a comprehensive collection of essays and primary documents that explore the ways in which movies have changed—and been changed by—American society from 1905 to the present.

  • Each chapter includes an introduction, discussion questions, an essay examining the issues of the period, primary documents, and a list of further reading and screenings
  • Includes a new chapter on “American Film in the Age of Terror” and new essays for Chapter 9 (“Race, Violence, and Film”) and Chapter 13 (“Hollywood Goes Global”), as well as updated Reading and Screenings sections
  • Discusses all the major periods in American film history from the first nickelodeons to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the globalization of Hollywood
  • Demonstrates the unique influence of movies on all aspects of American culture, from ideology, politics, and gender to class, war, and race relations
  • Engaging and accessible for students, with jargon-free essays and primary documents that show social practices and controversies as well as the fun and cultural influence of movies and movie-going
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I know from personal experience that historians have often wanted a good book on American film in the twentieth century to assign in their classes. This is it. It combines excellent primary sources, and stimulating commentary by one of the major historians of film, Steven Ross."
—Lary May, University of Minnesota

"Steven Ross brings together a compelling mix of essays and contemporaneous documents, which provide essential insights into the collective power of the movies from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries."
—Charles Musser, Yale University

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Meet the Author

Steven J. Ross is Professor of History at the University of Southern California. He is co-director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities and author of Workers On the Edge: Work, Leisure, and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati, 1788-1890 (1985), Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America (1998), and Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics (2011). Ross is the recipient of the Theater Library Association Book Award and a Film Scholars Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Introduction: Why Movies Matter 1
1 Going to the Movies: Early Audiences 14
From The Making of American Audiences: From Stage to Television, 1750-1990 15
2 Heroes and Heroines of Their Own Entertainment: Progressive-Era Cinema 42
From The Loud Silents: Origins of the Social Problem Film 43
3 The Rise of Hollywood: Movies, Ideology, and Audiences in the Roaring Twenties 64
From Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America 65
4 Who Controls What We See? Censorship and the Attack on Hollywood "Immorality" 98
Hollywood Censored: The Production Code Administration and the Hollywood Film Industry, 1930-1940 99
5 Confronting the Great Depression: Renewing Democracy in Hard Times 128
From The Big Tomorrow: Hollywood and the Politics of the American Way 129
6 Alternative Cinemas: Movies on the Margins 164
From Hollywood's High Noon: Moviemaking and Society Before Television 165
7 Seeing Red: Cold War Hollywood 192
From American Cinema/American Culture 193
8 Eisenhower's America: Prosperity and Problems in the 1950s 220
From American Film and Society Since 1945 221
9 Black and White in Color: Race and Film in the 1960s and 1970s 249
From Framing Blackness: The African American Image in Film 250
10 Vietnam and the Crisis of American Power: Movies, War, and Militarism 280
From Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film 281
11 Reagan's America: The Backlash Against Women and Men 313
From Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women 314
12 Hollywood Goes Global: The Internationalization of American Cinema 344
Is Hollywood America? The Transnationalization of the American Film Industry 345
Index 367
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    Mistake on Author's Name

    **Dear Barnes and Noble: please correct the author's name. it should read Steven J. Ross and not Steven R. Ross. Many thanks

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