Movies and American Society
June 2002, ©2002, Wiley-Blackwell
Introduction: Why Movies Matter.
1. Going to the Movies: Early Audiences..
2. Heroes and Heroines of Their Own Entertainment: Progressive-Era Cinema..
3. The Rise of Hollywood: Movies, Ideology, and Audiences in the Roaring Twenties..
4. Who Controls What We See?: Censorship and the Attack on Hollywood 'Immorality'..
5. Confronting the Great Depression: Renewing Democracy in Hard Times..
6. Alternative Cinemas: Movies on the Margins..
7. Seeing Red: Cold War Hollywood..
8. Eisenhower's America: Prosperity and Problems in the 1950s..
9. Black and White in Color: Race and Film in the 1960s and 1970s..
10. Vietnam and the Crisis of American Power: Movies, War, and Militarism..
11. Reagan's America: The Backlash Against Women and Men..
12. Hollywood Goes Global: The Internationalization of American Cinema..
- Contains 12 insightful essays on the interaction between American film and American society, with supporting primary documents
- Covers a wide range of topics and periods of American History, such as the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Reagan era, and globalization
- Includes editorial introductions by an award-winning film historian, and further readings and screenings lists to guide classroom discussions
--Lary May, University of Minnesota
"Steven Ross brings together a compelling mix of essays and contemporaneous documents, which provide essential insights into the collective power of the movies from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries."
--Charles Musser, Yale University