By Jacqueline Foertsch
This booklet explores the foremost cultural types of Forties the USA - fiction and non-fiction; song and radio; movie and theatre; severe and renowned visible arts - and key texts, developments and figures, from local Son to Citizen Kane, from Hiroshima to HUAC, and from Dr Seuss to Bob wish. After discussing the dominant rules that tell the Nineteen Forties the publication culminates with a bankruptcy at the 'culture of war'. instead of splitting the last decade at 1945, Jacqueline Foertsch argues persuasively that the Forties could be taken as an entire, searching out hyperlinks among wartime and postwar American tradition
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American Culture in the 1940s by Jacqueline Foertsch