American Popular Culture Through History is the only reference series that presents a detailed, narrative discussion of U.S. popular culture. This volume is one of 17 in the series, each of which presents essays on Everyday America, The World of Youth, Advertising, Architecture, Fashion, Food, Leisure Activities, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Travel, and Visual Arts
Joel Shrock earned his PhD from Miami University and is currently an instructor of history at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. He has authored an article on race and rape in silent film and co-authored another on student protest of the Vietnam War, which appears in the Greenwood Press volume of essays The Vietnam War on Campus: Other Voices, More Distant Drums. He is currently completing a manuscript on popular children's literature in the Gilded Age.
At the birth of the nation, when America's statesmen were laying the foundations of a new government, citizens were forging a popular culture to call their own. Patriotic symbols like the eagle and the profile of George Washington symbolized the virtues of the young nation. People from all classes--farmers, merchants, and the educated wealthy--turned away from European culture and began to recognize America's own prodigies. Homes, furnitures, fashions, and pastimes sprang from the new climate and topography. The styles, hobbies, and entertainments would evolve into the uniquely American popular culture we recognize today.
Early American artists such as Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley, and Charles Wilson Peale emerged along with original contributions to culture, including:
- The first novels for women
- The first American music, a unprecedented blend of religious hymns, African tribal music, and folk songs from the Middle Ages
- Ninepins and skittles, the forerunners of bowling
- Architecture incorporating the classical styles of Greece and Rome.
A wealth of facts, information, and interesting sidelights not available elsewhere makes this a treasure trove for students and interested readers.
Spurred by an afternoon of reminiscing, this book is an amazing array of cultural memory and makes an ideal present for those on the verge of old-timer-itis.
Turn the pages and you'll remember:Howdy Doody The Stroll dance craze The Mod Squad Mr. Tudball and Mrs. Wiggins Hand-cranked water pumps
Because a little nostalgia (from the 50s and 60s) can go along way--Babes Remember!
This debut volume launches a series designed to be advanced yet accessible, informative yet fun. Students researching the history of American art, film, literature, music, and sports will be taken beyond the names and dates in their textbooks and learn about the interests, styles, and tastes of past Americans. Series volumes will also include a timeline of significant cultural events as well as a cost comparison list of commonly used items. This valuable reference resource will introduce students to things, activities, and people that enriched and defined the lives of Americans in the seminal years of 1910 to 1919. These collages of culture will enrich the research of high school or college students and help them see how Americans' lives, aspirations, dreams, even the idea of what it is to be American, have evolved in the past--and will continue to change in the future.
American Popular Culture through History is the only reference series that presents a detailed, narrative discussion of United States popular culture. This volume is one of 17 in the series, each of which presents essays on Everyday America, The World of Youth, Advertising, Architecture, Fashion, Food, Leisure Activities, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Travel, and Visual Arts.
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