Major Problems in American Popular Culture

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-04
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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 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 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 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 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, 19031909
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 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 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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