The Other Fifties: Interrogating Midcentury American Icons
From Library Journal
While many people’s notion of the 1950s will come from reruns of Happy Days, this book explores forces lurking behind the visage of an grinning Ike. Although the 1960s be noticeable as a decade of social upheaval, the 1950s had the Korean War, Joseph McCarthy, the starting of desegregation, and polio. Selected by editor Foreman (English, George Mason Univ.), the essays on this book give attention to popular culture as the agent of social change as well as its reflection. Using icons from Elvis for the Edsel, Foreman shows the way the subtle cultural changes on the 1950s foreshadowed the dramatic transformations on the next decade. Perhaps nothing symbolized our changing vision of ourselves a lot more than television, with ethnic shows such as The Goldbergs or Life with Luigi at the start of the decade giving way by its all-around ethnically neutral Ozzie and Harriet plus the Cleavers. For popular culture collections.?Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
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