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The War in American Culture: Society and Consciousness during World War II

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The War in American Culture explores the role of World War II in the transformation of American social, cultural, and political life.

World War II posed a crisis for American culture: to defeat the enemy, Americans had to unite across the class, racial and ethnic boundaries that had long divided them. Exploring government censorship of war photography, the revision of immi
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Paperback, 356 pages
Published May 15th 1996 by University of Chicago Press
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book examines changes made in American culture by the second world war. The war altered the identity of the U.S. from a strictly white-dominated one to a somewhat mixed-race one. To be included in the new national identity one had to be patriotic to the country, and place self-interest second. One of the benefits was that this helped bring the issue of race more to the foreground which helped later led events into the civil rights protests, and then (theoretical) equality for blacks after th ...more
Britt Rivera
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Read most of the essays, skimmed through some. There were a few exceptional essays, I especially liked the ones about women's involvement in the war, but for the most part it was okay. Not great, not terrible. Pretty informative.
Stella
Apr 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book didn't change my life, but I very much enjoyed reading it. I love the authors too.
Nathanael Booth
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
More of a sampler than anything else, this collection does give a nice overview of various aspects of the American homefront during World War II.
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