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Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era



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WhenHomeward Boundfirst appeared in 1988, it altered the way we understood Cold War America. The post-World War II era was thought of as a time when Americans turned away from politics to enjoy the fruits of peace and prosperity, while their leaders remained preoccupied with the dangers of the Atomic Age. Elaine Tyler May demonstrated that the Cold War infused life on every level from the boardroom to the bedroom. This new edition includes up-to-date information and references, along with an epilogue that examines how the legacy of the Cold War has shaped America since September 11, 2001.

Author Biography

Elaine Tyler May is Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of several books, including Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness and Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Containment at Home: Cold War, Warm Hearthp. 19
Depression: Hard Times at Homep. 39
War and Peace: Fanning the Home Firesp. 58
Explosive Issues: Sex, Women, and the Bombp. 89
Brinkmanship: Sexual Containment on the Home Frontp. 109
Baby Boom and Birth Control: The Reproductive Consensusp. 129
The Commodity Gap: Consumerism and the Modern Homep. 153
Hanging Together: For Better or for Worsep. 174
The End of Containment: The Baby Boom Comes of Agep. 198
Epilogue: Echoes of the Cold War: The Aftermath of September 11, 2001p. 217
Appendicesp. 229
Notesp. 249
Indexp. 289
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