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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.

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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.
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Table of Contents



Lewis A. Erenberg, Susan E. Hirsch.

1: No Time for Privacy: World War II and Chicago's Families

Perry R. Duis

2: Censoring Disorder: American Visual Imagery of World War II

George H. Roeder, Jr

3: Making the American Consensus: The Narrative of Conversion and Subversion in World

War II Films

Lary May

4: The Working Class Goes to War

Gary Gerstle

5: Rosie the Riveter Gets Married

Elaine Tyler May

6: Swing Goes to War: Glenn Miller and the Popular Music of World War II

Lewis A. Erenberg

7: Race, Language, and War in Two Cultures: World War II in Asia

John W. Dower

8: The Changing Path to Citizenship: Ethnicity and Naturalization during World War II

Reed Ueda

9: Native Sons and the Good War: Retelling the Myth of American Indian Assimilation

Carol Miller

10: No Victory at the Workplace: Women and Minorities at Pullman during World War II

Susan E. Hirsch

11: Traditions from Home: African Americans in Wartime Richmond, California

Shirley Ann Wilson Moore

12: Zoot-Suiters and Cops: Chicano Youth and the Los Angeles Police Department during

World War II

Edward J. Escobar

13: World War II and American Liberalism

Alan Brinkley

List of Contributors

Name Index

Title Index

Subject Index

Product Details

Erenberg, Lewis A.; Hirsch, Susan E.
Hirsch, Susan E.
Hirsch, Susan E.
Erenberg, Lewis A.; Hirsch, Susan E.
Erenberg, Lewis A.
Erenberg, Lewis A.
Hirsch, Susan E.
University of Chicago Press
World war, 1939-1945
United States - Civil War
United States - 20th Century/WWII
General Social Science
World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects.
United States Civilization 1918-1945.
US History-1800 to Civil War
United States - 20th Century
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Professional and scholarly
25 halftones, 9 line drawings, 2 tables
9 x 6 in

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