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James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Joseph Vogel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Few literary figures are as commonly referenced in contemporary culture as James Baldwin. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, the election of Donald Trump, and daily debates about walls, ... More


Pigskin Nation: How the NFL Remade American Politics

Jesse Berrett

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041709
eISBN:
9780252050374
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041709.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This book explores professional football’s rising popularity in the 1960s and its simultaneous promotion by the NFL as “what makes this country great.” Taking the NFL seriously as a producer of ... More


Epilogue

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This epilogue argues for the significance of Baldwin’s contributions to media and cultural studies, highlighting not only how his work in the 1980s engaged with television, film, and other forms of ... More


The Anticommunist Việt-Cộng: Freedom Fighters and the New Politics of Rescue

Phuong Tran Nguyen

in Becoming Refugee American: The Politics of Rescue in Little Saigon

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041358
eISBN:
9780252099953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041358.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter resurrects the infamous history of shadowy US-based anti-communist insurgent forces modelled on Ronald Reagan’s “freedom fighters.” Often disparaged as the quintessential “bad refugee” ... More


Epilogue: Hollywood Ending

Jesse Berrett

in Pigskin Nation: How the NFL Remade American Politics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041709
eISBN:
9780252050374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041709.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

The epilogue traces the rise of Ronald Reagan, the politician who synthesized a new language from these materials. In 1980, he concluded the debate over football’s meaning with repeated appeals to ... More


Introduction

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

This introduction provides an overview of James Baldwin’s work in the 1980s and why it has been overlooked. Against the conventional narrative of Baldwin’s “decline,” a fresh look at his late work ... More


Freaks in the Reagan Era: Androgyny and the American Ideal of Manhood

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter draws on Baldwin’s 1985 essay, “Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood,” to examine how the Reagan-era ideal of masculinity was delineated and contested in popular culture. By the ... More


The Welcome Table: Intimacy, AIDS, and Love

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines Baldwin’s unpublished play, The Welcome Table, within the context of the AIDS epidemic. While it is only mentioned explicitly in a few early passages, the AIDS crisis serves as ... More


“To Crush the Serpent”: The Religious Right and the Moral Minority

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter draws on Baldwin’s final major essay, “To Crush the Serpent” (1987), to examine the rise of the religious Right and Baldwin’s alternative vision of morality. In the 1980s, Baldwin ... More


Things Not Seen: Covering Tragedy, from the Terror in Atlanta to Black Lives Matter

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter reads Baldwin’s award-winning essay, “Atlanta: The Evidence of Things Not Seen” and elaborated final nonfiction book, TheEvidence of Things Not Seen, as a corrective to sensationalist ... More


The Training Floor (1987–1989)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses the three novels in Octavia E. Butler's Xenogenesis series, published between 1987 and 1989: Dawn (1987), Adulthood Rites (1988), and Imago (1989). Dawn begins in the aftermath ... More


From “Women in Sports” to the “New Ideal of Beauty”

Jaime Schultz

in Qualifying Times: Points of Change in U.S. Women's Sport

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038167
eISBN:
9780252095962
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038167.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter looks at how a number of milestones peppered the era as women experienced unprecedented participation opportunities. But with that progress came the “backlash” of the 1980s, a reaction ... More


Networked Militarization

Dan Schiller

in Digital Depression: Information Technology and Economic Crisis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038761
eISBN:
9780252096716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038761.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter examines the rise of networked militarization in the United States. It considers how increased spending for U.S. military procurement sparked a shift into networks in capitalist ... More


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