The Kitchen Debate and Cold War Consumer Politics: A Brief History with Documents available in Paperback
This innovative treatment of the Kitchen Debate reveals the event not only as a symbol of U.S. -Soviet military and diplomatic rivalry but as a battle over living standards that profoundly shaped the economic, social, and cultural contours of the Cold War era. The introduction situates the Debate in a survey of the Cold War, and an unprecedented collection of primary-source selections—including Soviet accounts never before translated for an English-speaking audience—connects the Debate to consumer society, gender ideologies, and geopolitics. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions to consider, and a bibliography enhance students’ understanding of this defining moment of the Cold War.
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About the Author
Shane Hamilton (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is associate professor of history at the University of Georgia, where he specializes in social and political histories of technology, capitalism, and agriculture. His book, Trucking Country: The Road to America's Wal-Mart Economy, won the Theodore Saloutos Award for Best Book in Agricultural History. He has published numerous articles and reviews in economic, agricultural, and technological history.
Sarah Phillips (Ph.D., Boston University) is associate professor of history at Boston University, where she specializes in American political history. The author of This Land, This Nation: Conservation, Rural America, and the New Deal, she has also written essays and articles in environmental, agricultural, and transnational history.
Table of Contents
ForewordPrefaceList of IllustrationsPART ONE. INTRODUCTION: THE KITCHEN DEBATE IN HISTORICAL CONTEXTFrom Hot to Cold War"Peaceful Competition"The Politics of AbundanceThe Culture of ContainmentThe Politics of Food and FarmsPART TWO. THE DOCUMENTS1. The Kitchen DebateSelling the American Way1. "People's Capitalism—This IS America," Collier’s, January 6, 19562. Llewellyn E. Thompson, U.S. Ambassador’s Telegram on Plans for the American National Exhibition Plans, November 17, 19583. Office of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, "Kitchens of Today and Tomorrow Slated for Moscow Exhibition," USIA Press Release, February 9, 19594. American "Kitchen of Today," photo or design to come5. Office of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, "Cooking Display in Moscow to Feature American Dishes," USIA Press Release, May 13, 19596. Jerry Marlatt, Letter to President Dwight Eisenhower, July 10, 1959Nixon Goes to Moscow7. "The Two Worlds: A Day-Long Debate," New York Times, July 25, 19598. Ye. Litoshko, "A Talk to the Point," Pravda, July 25, 19599. Alan L. Otten, "Russians Eagerly Tour U.S. Exhibit Despite Cool Official Attitude," Wall Street Journal, July 28, 195910. V. Osipov, "First Day, First Impressions," Izvestia, July 26, 195911. Max Frankel, "Ivan Appears to Like the Way Joneses Live," New York Times, August 2, 195912. Vladimir Zhukov, "What the Facts Say," Pravda, July 28, 195913. Home Economists Demonstrate Convenience Foods, American National Exhibition photograph, July 195914. Russian Kitchen Exhibit, "Everything for Soviet Man" photograph, August 5,1959Responses to Nixon's Visit15. Edward L. Freers, U.S. Diplomat’s Telegram on the American National Exhibition, September 8, 195916. Favorable Comments on Exhibition, September 195917. Unfavorable Comments on Exhibition, September 195918. Ye. Litoshko, "On Nixon’s Visit to the Urals," Pravda, July 31, 195919. Bill Mauldin, "Boy, Did He Tell Them Off!," July 26, 195920. Nikita Khrushchev, Speech in Dnepropetrovsk, July 28, 19592. Consumers and ConsensusCapitalist Consumer Citizens21. Alex Henderson, "Why We Eat Better," Better Living, November 195122. John A. Logan, Speech on Modern Food Distribution, November 195823. John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society, 195824. Herblock, "Split-Level Living," Washington Post cartoon, March 9, 1960Socialist Consumer Citizens25. Edmund Nash, Report on Purchasing Power of Soviet Workers, 195326. Nikita Khrushchev, Speech on the 1959 Soviet Seven-Year Economic Plan, January 195927. Y. Ve. Semichastny, Communist Youth and Consumerism, 195928. A Soviet Woman Questions Consumerism, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 19623. An Easier Life for our HousewivesA Servantless Kitchen?29. Lita Price and Harriet Bonnet, How to Manage Without a Maid, 194230. "Goodbye Mammy, Hello Mom," Ebony, March 194731. Jean Harris, "You Have 1001 Servants in Your Kitchen," House Beautiful, March 195132. Max Yarno, "A Trip to the Supermarket," Fortune photograph, October 195333. Poppy Cannon, The Can-Opener Cookbook, 195234. "Campbell Soup President Sees Trend Toward Entrees," Quick Frozen Foods, March 195735. Peg Bracken, The I Hate to Cook Book, 1960Socialist Kitchens36. Maria Ovsyannikova, "The Woman in Soviet Life," USSR, March 195937. R. Podol’nyi, "Technology on the March," Sem-ia i shkola 195938. Marietta Shaginian, "Reflections on the American Exhibition," Izvestia, August 23, 195939. I. Luchkova and A. Sikachev, "Is There a Science of the Home?," Nauka i zhizn’, October 19644. Down on the FarmAbundance and Rivalry40. Lauren Soth, "If the Russians Want More Meat," Des Moines Register, February 10, 195541. Edmund K. Faltermayer, "Farmer Khrushchev," Wall Street Journal, August 10, 195942. Nikita Khrushchev, Speech in Des Moines, Iowa, September 22, 1959The Problems of Plenty43. John Kenneth Galbraith, Speech on the Farm Problem and the Policy Choices, February 195844. Erwin D. Canham, Speech on the Farmer in the Space Age, October 7, 1959Agricultural Diplomacy45. Orville Freeman, Memo to the President re Tour of the Soviet Union, July 30,196346. U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Report on the Significance of Four Million Tons of U.S. Wheat for Food Consumption in the USSR, October 15,196347. Nikita Khrushchev, "We Have Not Achieved the Abundance We Desire," Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev, 200648. Khrushchev in Kazakh Wheat Field, USIA photograph, August 1964AppendixesA Chronology of the Kitchen Debate and Cold War Consumer Politics (1941-1971)Questions for ConsiderationSelected BibliographyIndex