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Everything Was Better in America: Print Culture in the Great Depression (History of Communication)

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As a counterpart to research on the 1930s that has focused on liberal and radical writers calling for social revolution, David Welky offers this eloquent study of how mainstream print culture shaped and disseminated a message affirming conservative middle-class values and assuring its readers that holding to these values would get them through hard times. Through analysis of the era's most popular newspaper stories, magazines, and books, Welky examines how voices both outside and within the media debated the purposes of literature and the meaning of cultural literacy in a mass democracy. He presents lively discussions of such topics as the newspaper treatment of the Lindbergh kidnapping, issues of race in coverage of the 1936 Olympic games, domestic dynamics and gender politics in cartoons and magazines, Superman's evolution from a radical outsider to a spokesman for the people, and the popular consumption of such novels as the Ellery Queen mysteries, Gone with the Wind, and The Good Earth. Through these close readings, Welky uncovers the subtle relationship between the messages that mainstream media strategically crafted and those that their target audience wished to hear.

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American mass culture's conservative response to the Great Depression and the coming of World War II

About the Author

David Welky is an assistant professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the coeditor of Charles A. Lindbergh: The Power and Peril of Celebrity, 1927-1941 and The Steelers Reader.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252075049
Author:
Welky, David
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Publishers and publishing
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Media Studies - Print Media
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/Depression
Subject:
American periodicals -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
American newspapers -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
History of Communication
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 photographs
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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