Popular Culture in American History, Second Edition
April 2013, ©2013, Wiley-Blackwell
The second edition of Popular Culture in American History updates the text for a contemporary readership and explores academic developments in this area of study over the last decade.
- Fully revised second edition with over 50 percent new material
- Compact and classroom-friendly format
- Includes the best writing on popular culture from the 1970s onwards
- Essays examine pivotal moments, issues, and genres in American popular culture, from the ‘penny press’ to the Internet
Preface and Acknowledgments to the Second Edition xii
Acknowledgments to the First Edition xv
Introduction: The Worldwide Web of Popular Culture 1
1 New News 11
Little Sheets of News and Varieties: The Penny Wonder in New York City by Isabelle Lehuu 13
Consider the Source: 33
Excerpt from “Great Astronomical Discoveries Recently Made,” from the Sun (Friday, August 28, 1835) 33
Suggested Further Reading 35
2 The World of the Stage 37
William Shakespeare in America by Lawrence Levine 39
Consider the Source: 59
Excerpt from Representative Men, by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1850) 60
Suggested Further Reading 66
3 The Racy Appeal of the Minstrel 67
The Blackface Lore Cycle by W. T. Lhamon, Jr. 71
Consider the Source: 86
Excerpts from Nineteenth-Century Minstrel Shows 86
Suggested Further Reading 88
4 Western Values 91
Women and the Language of Men by Jane Tompkins 94
Consider the Source: 109
First excerpt from The Virginian, by Owen Wister (1902) 110
Second excerpt from The Virginian, by Owen Wister (1902) 112
Suggested Further Reading 113
5 Moving Images 115
Nickel Madness by Robert Sklar 118
Consider the Source: 133
Excerpts from The Spirit of Youth, by Jane Addams (1909) 134
Suggested Further Reading 138
6 Waves of Selling 139
Arguments over Broadcast Advertising by Susan Smulyan 142
Consider the Source: 180
Excerpt from “Sponsoritis,” from Radio Revue magazine (1930) 180
Suggested Further Reading 181
7 The Firmament of Stardom 183
Fool’s Paradise: Frank Sinatra and the American Dream by Jim Cullen 186
Consider the Source: 211
“Why the Americans Are So Restless in the Midst of Their Prosperity,” from Volume 2 of Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville (1840) 211
Suggested Further Reading 215
8 Seeing Television 217
Reality Bites by Susan J. Douglas 220
Consider the Source: 237
Excerpts from After All, by Mary Tyler Moore (1995) 237
Suggested Further Reading 239
9 Rapping Hip-Hop 241
Just Keeping It Real by Tricia Rose 245
Consider the Source: 257
Excerpts from Ladies First, by Queen Latifah (1999) 257
Suggested Further Reading 259
10 Tangled Web 261
The Emperor’s New Modem by Lee Siegel 266
Consider the Source: 276
Excerpt from The Art of Democracy, by Jim Cullen (2002) 276
Suggested Further Reading 277
Source Credits 279
Jim Cullen is Chair of the high-profile Fieldston School in New York, and a book review editor for the History News Network. His published works include The Civil War Era: An Anthology of Sources (with L. Cullen-Sizer, Wiley-Blackwell, 2005), Essaying the Past: How to Read, Write and Think About History, Second Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions (2013).
"This book is the place to start if you're fascinated by the history of popular culture in America. It's an enlightening exploration into what people read, watched, joked about, listened to, danced to, and imagined in America's past." ? Bruce Dorsey, Swarthmore College
"Cullen's outstanding collection helps readers understand the significance of key cultural changes, ranging from the movies to the web. Groundbreaking essays as well as insight into how historians work make this a valuable volume." ? Lizabeth Cohen, author of A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America
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