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“Are We a Nation?”

Wendy L. Wall

in Inventing the "American Way": The Politics of Consensus from the New Deal to the Civil Rights Movement

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195329100
eISBN:
9780199870226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329100.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In the late 1930s, the phrase “American Way” exploded into popular use. The proliferation of the term attested to Americans’ profound sense of anxiety about the proper parameters of U.S. political ... More


Inventing the "American Way": The Politics of Consensus from the New Deal to the Civil Rights Movement

Wendy Wall

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195329100
eISBN:
9780199870226
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329100.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

For fifty years, scholars and popular commentators have portrayed the decades immediately following World War II as a time of unusually deep and well-grounded national unity, a period when postwar ... More


Introduction

Wendy L. Wall

in Inventing the "American Way": The Politics of Consensus from the New Deal to the Civil Rights Movement

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195329100
eISBN:
9780199870226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329100.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter gives a brief overview of the book’s argument, beginning with the premise that America’s mid-century consensus can best be understood, not as a “natural” development, but as a political ... More


Scoring in Heaven

John Casey

in After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195092950
eISBN:
9780199869732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter explores the gap that opened up in the twentieth century between theologians and popular religion. It looks at the confident beliefs about the future life of Mormons; the optimism of the ... More


The American Way

Suellen Hoy

in Chasing Dirt: The American Pursuit of Cleanliness

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195111286
eISBN:
9780199854011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111286.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter talks about the gradual integration of the then nationwide concern on cleanliness to personal and individual concern. It tackles the effort and work of Booker T. Washington to inculcate ... More


Good Grief! Jessica Mitford Makes the New York Times Bestseller List

Gary Laderman

in Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The year 1963 was not good for the public image of funeral directors in the United States. A half-century of public scrutiny, skewering, and scepticism did not prepare undertakers for the fallout of ... More


Keeping the Dead in Place: Old and New Patterns of Consumption

Gary Laderman

in Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Without question, Jessica Mitford's book The American Way of Death was a turning point in the history of American funerals, leading to heightened public awareness about the costs of disposal, the ... More


The American Way of Life: Folklores of Capitalism, 1935–1939

Charles F. McGovern

in Sold American: Consumption and Citizenship, 1890-1945

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807830338
eISBN:
9781469606040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807876640_mcgovern.12
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter demonstrates the corporate counteroffensive against the New Deal, labor, and consumer activism. Leaders of corporate enterprise employed new strategies to blunt growing sentiments for ... More


Symbol of Unity, Symbol of Pluralism: The “Interfaith Idea” in Wartime and Cold War America

Wendy L. Wall

in Making the American Century: Essays on the Political Culture of Twentieth Century America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199845392
eISBN:
9780199365104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845392.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, Political History

Explicating the complex relationships among religion, ethnicity, and the liberal ideology of the early post–World War II era, this article explores the crucial shift in the relationship between ... More


The Power and the Spectacle

Steven P. Miller

in The Age of Evangelicalism: America's Born-Again Years

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199777952
eISBN:
9780199362615
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777952.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

By 1980, the momentum lay on the right side of the evangelical continuum. Ronald Reagan's victory linked evangelicalism with political conservatism in the popular imagination for decades to come. The ... More


Lonely Messengers? The Ubiquity of Chaos Rhetoric 1

Leslie Dorrough Smith

in Righteous Rhetoric: Sex, Speech, and the Politics of Concerned Women for America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199337507
eISBN:
9780199366415
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337507.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter represents a departure from other scholarship on the Christian Right in its claim that there is very little that is unique about the movement, either politically or theologically. By ... More


The Age of Evangelicalism: America's Born-Again Years

Steven P. Miller

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199777952
eISBN:
9780199362615
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777952.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Recent America was awash in a sea of evangelical talk. From the Jesus chic of the Seventies to the satanism scare of the Eighties, the culture wars of the Nineties, and the faith-based vogue of the ... More


Harvest Time

Jonathan R. Eller

in Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043413
eISBN:
9780252052293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.003.0033
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter 32 begins with Bradbury’s reaction to news of Federico Fellini’s death on Halloween, 1993, and explores Bradbury’s sense of Halloween as a time of “fervor and excitement,” but not a time of ... More


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