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Everything Was Better in America
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David Welky offers this eloquent study of how mainstream print culture shaped and disseminated a message affirming conservative middle-class values and assuring its readers that holding to these values would get them through hard times. He presents lively discussions of such topics as the newspaper treatment of the Lindbergh kidnapping, issues of race in coverage of the 1936 Olympic games, domestic dynamics and gender politics in cartoons and magazines, Superman's evolution from a radical outsider to a spokesman for the people, and the popular consumption of such novels as the Ellery Queen mysteries, Gone with the Wind, and The Good Earth.

Table of Contents

  1. front cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: "A Time Not to Rock the Boat"
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part One: Newspapers
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. 1. The Press Encounters the New Deal
  2. pp. 17-27
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  1. 2. Kidnapping America's Child
  2. pp. 28-44
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  1. 3. Olympic Feats of Americanism
  2. pp. 45-66
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  1. 4. The Gumps: America's Comic-Strip Family
  2. pp. 67-80
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  1. Part Two: Magazines
  2. pp. 81-82
  1. 5. How to Slant a Magazine
  2. pp. 83-95
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  1. 6. Life, the War, and Everything
  2. pp. 96-113
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  1. 7. Defining Womanhood in the Ladies' Home Journal
  2. pp. 114-129
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  1. 8. Patriot Number One, the Man of Steel
  2. pp. 130-146
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  1. Part Three: Books
  2. pp. 147-148
  1. 9. Mainstreaming the Book Industry
  2. pp. 149-159
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  1. 10. Finding Security in Best Sellers
  2. pp. 160-176
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  1. 11. Ellery Queen Restores Order
  2. pp. 177-192
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  1. 12. Gone With the Wind, but Not Forgotten
  2. pp. 193-214
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  1. Conclusion: "Everything Was Better in America"
  2. pp. 215-220
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 221-250
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-266
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  1. bck cover
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