American Culture in the 1940s (Twentieth Century American by Jacqueline Foertsch

By Jacqueline Foertsch

This booklet explores the key cultural different types of Nineteen Forties the USA - fiction and non-fiction; track and radio; movie and theatre; severe and renowned visible arts - and key texts, developments and figures, from local Son to Citizen Kane, from Hiroshima to HUAC, and from Dr Seuss to Bob wish. After discussing the dominant rules that tell the Nineteen Forties the e-book culminates with a bankruptcy at the 'culture of war'. instead of splitting the last decade at 1945, Jacqueline Foertsch argues persuasively that the Forties could be taken as an entire, looking for hyperlinks among wartime and postwar American culture.

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20 Finally, ‘those who actively organise an anti-Nazi underground movement in Germany today would meet a speedy death if they failed to act and talk precisely like Nazis. ’21 In ‘Concentration Camps’, an essayreview published in Partisan Review in 1948, Arendt explored the jarring juxtaposition of unspeakable monstrousness and the indifferent bystander: ‘Without concentration camps, without the undefined fear they inspire and the very well-defined training they offer in totalitarian domination, .

Conclude by inviting the reader to contemplate further the book’s message. ’31 9 10 American Culture in the 1940s As complex and pointed as were opinions on these question for western thinkers throughout the war, the debate in the United States was extinguished in an instant in the early morning of 7 December 1941. A surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, a naval installation off the coast of Oahu in the Hawaiian islands, sank twenty-one US ships and took the lives of 2,400 service personnel. 23 Yet when the smoke had cleared, the US was left with a clear mandate: set aside internal disputes and mobilise totally, instantly, and as one against the Axis threat.

Riot prevents Paul Robeson from singing in Peekskill, New York (28 August). Soviet Union detonates its first atomic bomb (28 August). Television sales hit 60,000 per week. First Emmy Awards – Most Outstanding Television Personality: Shirley Dinsdale Layburn and her puppet Judy Splinters. Look magazine proclaims radio ‘doomed’ to takeover by television within three years. Board games: Candyland and Clue. Margaret Mead, Male and Female Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces William Faulkner wins Nobel Prize for literature Nelson Algren, The Man with the Golden Arm Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky Third Annual Tony Awards – Best Play: Death of a Salesman; Best Musical: Kiss Me, Kate Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for drama Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson, Lost in the Stars (musical drama) Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman T.

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