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MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE presents essays and documents that focus on the history of American popular culture with an analytic framework based on race, class, gender, and nationalism.
Table of Contents
|Why Study Popular Culture?|
|"The Case for Studying Popular Culture"|
|"Deconstructing Popular Culture as Political"|
|"Approaches to Interpreting Popular Culture."|
|Popular Culture Expresses and Constructs Race: Minstrel Shows across Two Centuries, 1850 û 1950|
|Minstrel Stump Speech, 1868|
|Minstrelsy Creates Racist Stereotypes, 1896|
|Minstrel Sheet Music Extends Racist Stereotypes from African Americans to Asian Americans, 1907|
|Edward LeRoy Rice Remembers Minstrelsy, 1911|
|Instructions for Twentieth Century Amateur Minstrels Reinforce Earlier Racist Ideas, 1938|
|The Urban League Objects to Amateur Minstrel Shows, 1950|
|A Catholic Newspaper Confronts Minstrelsy's Racism, 1950|
|"Minstrels and African Americans in the Nineteenth Century"|
|"Chinese American Stereotypes in Nineteenth-Century Minstrelsy"|
|"Twentieth-Century Amateur Minstrels."|
|Nineteenth-Century Audiences Contribute to Popular Culture, 1849 û 1880|
|An Eyewitness Details the Class Conflict of the Astor Place Riot, 1849|
|Viewing the Violent Astor Place Riot, 1843|
|Charleston Courier Reports on an Exhibition of the Fejee Mermaid, 1843|
|P.T. Barnum Explains the Appeal of the FeJee Mermaid, 1855|
|Observer Olive Logan Describes Active Theater Audiences, 1878|
|Playwright G.W.H. Griffin Rewrites Hamlet for Nineteenth-Century Audiences, 1880|
|"Audiences Riot Over Interpretations of Shakespeare"|
|"Audiences Enjoy Being Fooled by P.T. Barnum."|
|World's Fairs, Circuses, and Wild West Shows Express Ideas about U.S. Imperialism, 1876 û 1918|
|British Journalist Fred A. McKenzie Notes the Americanization of the United Kingdom, 1901|
|Literary Digest Sees World's Fairs as Educational, 1904|
|The Circus Encounters the Spanish-American War in the United States, 1898|
|The Circus Re-Enacts the Spanish-American War, 1899|
|Circus Clown Jules Turnour Comments on His International Travels, 1910|
|Wild West Shows Take American Culture Outside the United States, 1896|
|"Fairs Take the United States to Europe"|
|"Circuses Educate Americans about Nationalism and Imperialism."|
|Workers Deman Leisure Time, 1866 û 1914|
|Songwriter Jesse Henry Addresses Workers' Demands, c. 1866|
|Activist Edward H. Rogers Struggles for an Eight-Hour Day, 1872|
|Reporter Edwin E. Slosson Explains the Business of Leisure, 1904|
|Russian Novelist Maxim Gorky Criticizes Commercialized Leisure, 1907|
|Ordinary People Challenge Propriety at the Beach, 1903û1909|
|The New York Sun Portrays a Typical Baseball Crowd, 1884|
|Anne O'Hagan Describes the Athletic American Girl, 1901|
|H. Addington Bruce Analyzes Baseball and the National Life, 1913|
|"Workers Seek Leisure Time and Space"|
|"Sports Change Urban Leisure."|
|Movies, Gender, and The Making of Fans, 1910 û 1935|
|Early Writer W.W. Winters Defines Movie Fanatics, 1910|
|William Lewis Gordon Advises Fans on How to Script Movies, 1914|
|Playwrights George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly Explain Male Film Fans in "Merton of the Movies," 1925|
|Chicago Daily Tribune Reports Positive Audience Reaction to Movie about Fans, 1924|
|W.W. Charters, Educational Researcher, Reports the Effects of Movies on Boys and Girls, 1933|
|"Movies as Popular Culture"|
|"Studying Movie Audiences."|
|Advertising and The Culture of Consumption, 1880 û 1930|
|Early Magazine Advertisements Crowd the Page, 1880|
|Advertising Changes Visually, 1900|
|Playwrights Roi Cooper Megrue and Walter Hackett Make Fun of Advertising and Consumers, 1917|
|A Pioneer Ad Man, Bruce Barton, Defends the Need for Advertising, 1925|
|Home Economist Christine|
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