American Pop: Popular Culture Decade by Decade

American Pop: Popular Culture Decade by Decade

by Bob Batchelor

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American Pop: Popular Culture Decade by Decade by Bob Batchelor

Pop culture is the heart and soul of America, a unifying bridge across time bringing together generations of diverse backgrounds. Whether looking at the bright lights of the Jazz Age in the 1920s, the sexual revolution and the rock-n-roll revolution of the 1960s, or the thriving social networking websites of today, each period in America's cultural history develops its own unique take on the qualities define our lives. American Pop: Popular Culture Decade by Decade is the most comprehensive reference on American popular culture by decade ever assembled, beginning with the 1900s up through today. The four-volume set examines the fascinating trends across decades and eras by shedding light on the experiences of Americans young and old, rich and poor, along with the influences of arts, entertainment, sports, and other cultural forces. Whether a pop culture aficionado or a student new to the topic, American Pop provides readers with an engaging look at American culture broken down into discrete segments, as well as analysis that gives insight into societal movements, trends, fads, and events that propelled the era and the nation. In-depth chapters trace the evolution of pop culture in 11 key categories: BLKey Events in American Life BLAdvertising BLArchitecture BLBooks, Newspapers, Magazines, and Comics BLEntertainment BLFashion BLFood BLMusic BLSports and Leisure Activities BLTravel BLVisual Arts Coverage includes: BL"How Others See Us" sidebars that allow readers to understand how cultures, particularly youth cultures, outside of America view our "exports" BLControversies and scandals that shook (and shaped) the era, include privacy, censorship, the abortion debate, andhigh-profile legal battles BLSocial and cultural movements, including the birth of rock, civil rights, the sexual revolution, environmentalism, and the gay and lesbian movement BLTrends and fads, such as dance marathons and roller derbies of the 1930s, communal living of the 1960s, extreme sports of the 1990s, and Internet culture today BLKey icons in American culture, from Rosie the Riveter, Superman, and Oprah Winfrey to cell phones and the Internet BLClassroom resources to help teachers give students a greater understanding of major turning points in American culture Designed to meet the high demand for resources that help students study American history and culture by the decade, this one-stop reference provides readers with a broad and interdisciplinary overview of the numerous aspects of popular culture in our country. Thoughtful examination of our rich and often tumultuous popular history, illustrated with hundreds of historical and contemporary photos, makes this the ideal source to turn to for ready reference or research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313364143
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/28/2008
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Bob Batchelor teaches Public Relations in the School of Mass Communications at the University of South Florida in Tampa. A noted popular culture expert, Bob is the author of The 1900s (Greenwood Press, 2002), editor of Basketball in America: From the Playgrounds to Jordan's Game and Beyond (2005) and co-author with Thomas Heinrich of Kotex, Kleenex, and Huggies: Kimberly-Clark and the Consumer Revolution in American Business (2004).

Table of Contents

Volume One, 1900-1929

Series Foreword




Timeline of 1900-1909

Overview of 1900-1909

Advertising of the 1900-1909

Architecture of 1900-1909

Books, Newspapers, Magazines, and Comics of 1900-1909

Entertainment of 1900-1909

Fashion of 1900-1909

Food of 1900-1909

Music of 1900-1909

Sports and Leisure of 1900-1909

Travel of 1900-1909

Visual Arts of 1900-1909


Timeline of the 1910s

Overview of the 1910s

Advertising of the 1910s

Architecture of the 1910s

Books, Newspapers, Magazines, and Comics of the 1910s

Entertainment of the 1910s

Fashion of the 1910s

Food of the 1910s

Music of the 1910s

Sports and Leisure of the 1910s

Travel of the 1910s

Visual Arts of the 1910s


Timeline of the 1920s

Overview of the 1920s

Advertising of the 1920s

Architecture of the 1920s

Books, Newspapers, Magazines, and Comics of the 1920s

Entertainment of the 1920s

Fashion of the 1920s

Food of the 1920s

Music of the 1920s

Sports and Leisure of the 1920s

Travel of the 1920s

Visual Arts of the 1920s


Resource Guide

Volume Two, 1930-1959



Timeline of 1930s

Overview of the 1930s

Advertising of the 1930s

Architecture of the1930s

Books, Newspapers, Magazines, and Comics of the 1930s

Entertainment of the 1930s

Fashion of the 1930s

Food of the 1930s

Music of the 1930s

Sports and Leisure of the 1930s

Travel of the 1930s

Visual Arts of the 1930s


Timeline of the 1940s

Overview of the 1940s

Advertising of the 1940s

Architecture of the 1940s

Books, Newspapers, Magazines, and Comics of the 1940s

Entertainment of the 1940s

Fashionof the 1940s

Food of the 1940s

Music of the 1940s

Sports and Leisure of the 1940s

Travel of the 1940s

Visual Arts of the 1940s


Timeline of the 1950s

Overview of the 1950s

Advertising of the 1950s

Architecture of the 1950s

Books, Newspapers, Magazines, and Comics of the 1950s

Entertainment of the 1950s

Fashion of the 1950s

Food of the 1950s

Music of the 1950s

Sports and Leisure of the 1950s

Travel of the 1950s

Visual Arts of the 1950s


Resource Guide

Volume Three, 1960-1989



Timeline of the 1960s

Overview of the 1960s

Advertising of the 1960s

Architecture of the 1960s

Books, Newspapers, Magazines, and Comics of the 1960s

Entertainment of the 1960s

Fashion of the 1960s

Food of the 1960s

Music of the 1960s

Sports and Leisure of the 1960s

Travel of the 1960s

Visual Arts of the 1960s


Timeline of the 1970s

Overview of the 1970s

Advertising of the 1970s

Architecture of the 1970s

Books, Magazines, Newspapers, and Comics of the 1970s

Entertainment of the 1970s

Fashion of the 1970s

Food of the 1970s

Music of the 1970s

Sports and Leisure of the 1970s

Travel of the 1970s

Visual Arts of the 1970s


Timeline of the 1980s

Overview of the 1980s

Advertising of the 1980s

Architecture of the 1980s

Books, Newspapers, Magazines, and Comics of the 1980s

Entertainment of the 1980s

Fashion of the 1980s

Food of the 1980s

Music of the 1980s

Sports and Leisure of the 1980s

Travel of the 1980s

Visual Arts of the 1980s


Resource Guide

Volume Four, 1990s - 2000s



Timeline of the 1990s

Overview of the 1990s

Advertising of the 1990s

Architecture of the 1990s

Books, Newspapers, Magazines, and Comics of the 1990s

Entertainment of the 1990s

Fashion of the 1990s

Food of the 1990s

Music of the 1990s

Sports and Leisure of the 1990s

Travel of the 1990s

Visual Arts of the 1990s


Timeline of the 2000s

Overview of the 2000s

Advertising of the 2000s

Architecture of the 2000s

Books, Newspapers, Magazines, and Comics of the 2000s

Entertainment of the 2000s

Fashion of the 2000s

Food of the 2000s

Music of the 2000s

Sports and Leisure of the 2000s

Travel of the 2000s

Visual Arts of the 2000s


Cost of Products from 1900-2000s

Classroom Resources


Resource Guide


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