By Martin Halliwell
This booklet offers a stimulating account of the dominant cultural different types of Nineteen Fifties the USA: fiction and poetry; theatre and function; movie and tv; tune and radio; and the visible arts. via designated observation and concentrated case stories of influential texts and occasions - from Invisible guy to West part tale, from Disneyland to the Seattle World's reasonable, from Rear Window to The americans - the booklet examines the best way modernism and the chilly struggle provide frames of reference for knowing the trajectory of postwar tradition. the 2 center goals of this quantity are to chart the altering complexion of yankee tradition within the years following international struggle II and to supply readers with a serious research of 'the 1950s'. The e-book presents an highbrow context for imminent Nineteen Fifties American tradition and considers the old effect of the last decade on contemporary social and cultural advancements
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The fourth perspective on culture was reflected in the work of the historian David Potter, particularly in his book People of Plenty (1954). 22 For Potter, not only do critics often overlook the meaning of ‘character’, ‘nation’, ‘group’ and ‘tradition’, but they also underestimate the economic, historical and environmental forces that underpin them. Reacting against vulgar materialist notions of culture in which the economic base determines everything else, Potter adopted a flexible view of culture: at times it represents personal expression, at others an interface between individuals and society, and at others an integrative force that enables individuals to communicate, to reach a consensus, or to cohere around symbols of national unity or group loyalty.
69 However, while the symposium presented a mixture of Jewish and Christian opinion, the contributors were mainly white men; only two women (poet Louise Bogan and anthropologist Margaret Mead) and no black critics were involved. It is clear that the ‘our’ of the title was intended to suggest a generosity of spirit, but the group of contributors reveals that intellectual The Intellectual Context 27 culture in 1952 was far from inclusive, with black and female public thinkers a rarity into the late decade.
Racial prejudice also played a part in arguments against the statehood bill, as segregationists in the South were fearful of the mixture of races and nationalities in both states. On the positive side, in May 1959 the popular magazine Look ran a feature on racial mixing in Hawaii, with one nineteenyear-old Hawaiian claiming ‘I’m Filipino, Chinese, Hawaiian, North American Indian, English and Spanish. I’m all mixed up’ and the 28 American Culture in the 1950s Governor of Hawaii promoting the island as a microcosm of democracy: ‘the Hawaiian is the man of the Pacific, bearing the seeds and fruits of the cultures of East and West.