War in American Culture: Society and Consciousness during World War II / Edition 1

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The War in American Culture explores the role of World War II in the transformation of American social, cultural, and political life. World War II posed a crisis for American culture: to defeat the enemy, Americans had to unite across the class, racial and ethnic boundaries that had long divided them. Exploring government censorship of war photography, the revision of immigration laws, Hollywood moviemaking, swing music, and popular magazines, these essays reveal the creation of a new national identity that was pluralistic, but also controlled and sanitized. Concentrating on the home front and the impact of the war on the lives of ordinary Americans, the contributors give us a rich portrayal of family life, sexuality, cultural images, and working-class life in addition to detailed consideration of African Americans, Latinos, and women who lived through the unsettling and rapidly altered circumstances of wartime America. Lewis A. Erenberg is professor of history at Loyola University of Chicago and Susan E. Hirsch is associate professor of history at Loyola.
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Challenging the claim of World War II to be the last good war, historians explore its paradoxical and enduring effects on American identity, racial and ethnic subgroups, and women's roles. All but one of the 13 essays were presented at a public symposium in March 1992 at Loyala University. They cover the quest for a national unity, interpreting The American Way, the challenge of race and resistance to change, mobilization for change, and the new political paradigm. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226215129
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 275,693
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 No Time for Privacy: World War II and Chicago's Families 17
2 Censoring Disorder: American Visual Imagery of World War II 46
3 Making the American Consensus: The Narrative of Conversion and Subversion in World War II Films 71
4 The Working Class Goes to War 105
5 Rosie the Riveter Gets Married 128
6 Swing Goes to War: Glenn Miller and the Popular Music of World War II 144
7 Race, Language, and War in Two Cultures: World War II in Asia 169
8 The Changing Path to Citizenship: Ethnicity and Naturalization during World War II 202
9 Native Sons and the Good War: Retelling the Myth of American Indian Assimilation 217
10 No Victory at the Workplace: Women and Minorities at Pullman during World War II 241
11 Traditions from Home: African Americans in Wartime Richmond, California 263
12 Zoot-Suiters and Cops: Chicano Youth and the Los Angeles Police Department during World War II 284
13 World War II and American Liberalism 313
List of Contributors 331
Name Index 335
Title Index 339
Subject Index 342
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