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Recasting America

Culture and Politics in the Age of Cold War

"The freshness of the authors’ approaches . . . is salutary. . . . The collection is stimulating and valuable."—Joan Shelley Rubin, Journal of American History

320 pages | 22 halftones | 6.00 x 8.90 | © 1989

Culture Studies

History: American History

Table of Contents

Introduction — Lary May
Part One: Toward a Theory of Postwar America
1. Did Success Spoil the United States? Dual Representations in Postwar
America — Warren Sussman, with the assistance of Edward Griffin
2. A Matter of Taste: Corporate Cultural Hegemony in a Mass-Consumption
Society — Jackson Lears
Part Two: The Intellectual Reorientation
3. The Reconstruction of Progress: Charles Beard, Richard Hofstadter,
and Postwar Historical Thought — David W. Noble
4. The Politics of Social Science in Postwar America — Terence Ball
5. A Life of Learning — Carl E. Shorske
Part Three: The Making of Cold War Culture
6. Gideon’s Trumpet: Sounding the Retreat from Legal Realism — Norman
L. Rosenberg
7. Movie Star Politics: The Screen Actors’ Guild, Cultural Conversion,
and the Hollywood Red Scare — Lary May
8. Explosive Issues: Sex, Women, and the Bomb — Elaine Tyler May
9. Ranch-House Suburbia: Ideals and Realities — Clifford E. Clark, Jr.
Part Four: The Search for Alternatives: Art, Minorities, and
Popular Culture
10. The Art of Cultural Politics: From Regionalism to Abstract
Expressionism — Erika Doss
11. Things to Come: Swing Bands, Bebop, and the Rise of a Postwar Jazz
Scene — Lewis A. Erenberg
12. To the Battle Royal: Ralph Ellison and the Quest for Black
Leadership in Postwar America — John S. Wright
13. Land of a Thousand Dances: Youth, Minorities, and the Rise of Rock
and Roll — George Lipsitz
14. The Irony of American Culture Abroad: Austria and the Cold War —
Reinhold Wagnleitner

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