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Jim Cullen is Chair of the high-profile Fieldston School in New York, and a book review editor for the History News Network. His published works include The Civil War Era: An Anthology of Sources (with L. Cullen-Sizer, Wiley-Blackwell, 2005), Essaying the Past: How to Read, Write and Think About History, Second Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions (2013).
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments to the Second Edition xii
Acknowledgments to the First Edition xv
Introduction: The Worldwide Web of Popular Culture 1
1 New News 11
Little Sheets of News and Varieties: The Penny Wonder in New York City by Isabelle Lehuu 13
Consider the Source: 33
Excerpt from “Great Astronomical Discoveries Recently Made,” from the Sun (Friday, August 28, 1835) 33
Suggested Further Reading 35
2 The World of the Stage 37
William Shakespeare in America by Lawrence Levine 39
Consider the Source: 59
Excerpt from Representative Men, by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1850) 60
Suggested Further Reading 66
3 The Racy Appeal of the Minstrel 67
The Blackface Lore Cycle by W. T. Lhamon, Jr. 71
Consider the Source: 86
Excerpts from Nineteenth-Century Minstrel Shows 86
Suggested Further Reading 88
4 Western Values 91
Women and the Language of Men by Jane Tompkins 94
Consider the Source: 109
First excerpt from The Virginian, by Owen Wister (1902) 110
Second excerpt from The Virginian, by Owen Wister (1902) 112
Suggested Further Reading 113
5 Moving Images 115
Nickel Madness by Robert Sklar 118
Consider the Source: 133
Excerpts from The Spirit of Youth, by Jane Addams (1909) 134
Suggested Further Reading 138
6 Waves of Selling 139
Arguments over Broadcast Advertising by Susan Smulyan 142
Consider the Source: 180
Excerpt from “Sponsoritis,” from Radio Revue magazine (1930) 180
Suggested Further Reading 181
7 The Firmament of Stardom 183
Fool’s Paradise: Frank Sinatra and the American Dream by Jim Cullen 186
Consider the Source: 211
“Why the Americans Are So Restless in the Midst of Their Prosperity,” from Volume 2 of Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville (1840) 211
Suggested Further Reading 215
8 Seeing Television 217
Reality Bites by Susan J. Douglas 220
Consider the Source: 237
Excerpts from After All, by Mary Tyler Moore (1995) 237
Suggested Further Reading 239
9 Rapping Hip-Hop 241
Just Keeping It Real by Tricia Rose 245
Consider the Source: 257
Excerpts from Ladies First, by Queen Latifah (1999) 257
Suggested Further Reading 259
10 Tangled Web 261
The Emperor’s New Modem by Lee Siegel 266
Consider the Source: 276
Excerpt from The Art of Democracy, by Jim Cullen (2002) 276
Suggested Further Reading 277
Source Credits 279