Journal of American & Comparative Cultures

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring

African Americans in Currier and Ives's America: The Darktown Series
Today most Americans recognize them as the creators of the Christmas card and calendar Americana. In the nineteenth century, however, Currier and Ives called their company "The Grand Central Depot for Cheap and Popular Prints." They proudly advertised...
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Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe 1904-1914
Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe 1904-- 1914. David Stevenson. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996. Between this work and David Herrmann's The Arming of Europe and the Making of the First World War (1996), a student of this era has a comprehensive and...
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Arthur Wesley Dow: His Art and His Influence
Book Reviews Arthur Wesley Dow: His Art and His Influence. Nancy E. Green et al. New York: Spanierman Gallery, 1999. While the importance and impact of both the Arts and Crafts movement and Japanese art in the United States are widely recognized, the...
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Big Trouble
Big Trouble. J. Anthony Lukas. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. Interested in murder? Political conspiracies? Social revolutionaries? Government repression? High powered political and legal personalities? Secret agents and double agents? Potential...
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Collis' Zouaves: The 114th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Civil War
Collis' Zouaves: The 114th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Civil War. Edward J. Hagerty. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1997. 352 pp., maps, index, photographs. $29.95. Edward J. Hagerty makes an important contribution to Civil War social...
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Commentary on the Leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints during the Vietnam War
Introduction The word Vietnam brings sad memories (memories many are eager to forget). The 1960s and early 1970s were times of domestic turmoil, complexity, discontent, misunderstanding, and frustration over the conflict in Southeast Asia. The backlash...
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Dorothy Quick: Mark Twain's "Little Fish"
Dorothy Quick (1900-1962) was one member of Mark Twain's small group of young girls that he called his "little fish" and "Aquarium Club." He especially liked being with these pre-pubescent girls and amusing and teaching them. Of all these "little fishes"...
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Dress Reform and the Bloomer
In the mid-nineteenth century, the ideology of separate "spheres" for men and women dictated the nature of their activities and was both symbolized and reinforced by their clothing. If the saying "clothes make the man" is true, it was doubly so for the...
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Dr. Strangelove's America: Society and Culture in the Atomic Age
Dr. Strangelove's America: Society and Culture in the Atomic Age. Margot A. Henrikson. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997. In the film The War at Home (a documentary on the 1960s in Madison, Wisconsin), one activist recounts how the bombing...
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Fortress America: Gated Communities in the United States
Fortress America: Gated Communities in the United States. Edward J. Blakely and Mary Gail Snyder. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 1997. Fortress America explains the ever-increasing popularity of gated communities in the United States. The...
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From Maps to Myth: The Census, Turner, and the Idea of the Frontier
One thing you will discover When you get next to one another Is everybody needs some elbow room. Elbow room! Oh elbow room, elbow room, Gotta, gotta get us some elbow room. It's the West or bust, in God we trust. There's a new land out there. -Ahrens...
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Inventing the Psychological: Toward a Cultural History of Emotional Life in America
Inventing the Psychological: Toward a Cultural History of Emotional Life in America. Joel Pfister and Nancy Schnog, eds. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997. The essays in this volume work to deconstruct ideas of the "psychological," revealing the...
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John Wayne's America: The Politics of Celebrity
Book Reviews John Wayne's America: The Politics of Celebrity. Garry Wills. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. 380 pp. $26.00 John Wayne's America is a star persona study, one joining a growing scholarly effort to examine the ways in which certain...
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Kriminalromane Von Frauen Fuer Frauen: Unterhaltungsliteratur Aus Amerika
Kriminalromane von Frauen fuer Frauen: Unterhaltungsliteratur aus Amerika. Evelyne Keitel. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1998. The title of Keitel's book in English would read "Detective Fiction by Women for Women: Popular Literature...
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Minnesota and America's Bully Boulevard
America entered the twentieth century flexing its muscles, bursting with energy, and ready for the most vigorous leader in its (or perhaps in any country's) history, President Theodore Roosevelt. At the same time, at least outside cities and often even...
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Mountain People in a Flat Land
Mountain People in a Flat Land. Carl E. Feather. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1998. Regionalism is alive and well in this age of virtual-everything and technopoly. That is the main point of Feather's interesting study. He goes further: the region we...
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Nostalgia and Style in Retro America: Moods, and Modes, and Media Recycling
If current levels of U.S. retro consumption are allowed to continue unchecked, we may run entirely out of past by as soon as 2005. U.S. Retro Secretary, as reported in The Onion, 19971 In the last three decades of the twentieth century, nostalgia was...
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Of Men and Monsters: Jeffrey Dahmer and the Construction of the Serial Killer
Book Reviews Of Men and Monsters: Jeffrey Dahmer and the Construction of the Serial Killer. Richard Tithecott. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1997. 192 pp. $14.95. In Of Men and Monsters, Richard Tithecott uses specific examples of the various...
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Of Sequels and Sons: Tarzan and the Problem of Paternity
"There is but one Tarzan," he said. "There can never be another." -Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Son of Tarzan (1917) We have come to understand Tarzan of the Apes (1914), the opening volume of Edgar Rice Burroughs's immensely popular ape-man series, as...
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Starting a Student/Noncommercial Radio Station / Advising, Managing, and Operating a Successful Student/Noncommercial Radio Station
Starting a Student/Noncommercial Radio Station. James J. McCluskey. Needham Heights, MA: Simon and Schuster Custom Publishing, 1998. 250 pp. + vi. Advising, Managing, and Operating a Successful Student/Noncommercial Radio Station. James J. McCluskey....
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The Civil War as a Model for the Scope of Popular Culture, or the United States Civil War Center and the Popular Culture Association: Myriadminded Interdisciplinarians
Pursuing research for my tenth novel, Sharpshooter, I gathered around me, over many years, more than 1,500 books, and from those books I gathered thousands of facts about every facet of the Civil War. The first draft was over 2,000 pages long; the published...
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The Evolution of a Gladiator: History, Representation, and Revision in Spartacus
The revolt led by the gladiator Spartacus (73-71 B.C.) mushroomed into the largest slave insurrection in western history and shook the Roman Republic. But, almost as remarkably, more than 2000 years later, it stormed the popular culture of the Cold War...
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The Metaphysics of Star Trek
Book Reviews The Metaphysics of Star Trek. Richard Hanley. New York: BasicBooks, 1997. Richard Hanley's The Metaphysics of Star Trek is an engaging examination of certain philosophical issues raised within the Star Trek universe. Its title, however,...
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They Sang for Roosevelt: Songs of the People in the Age of FDR
In 1936 Jack Davis was washing dishes in a Burlington, Iowa, diner for $6 a week plus board. But he really wanted to write music for a living. He had high hopes for his latest composition, "The World Has Ended (You've Said Good-Bye)," which he took to...
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Westerns: Making the Man in Fiction and Film
Book Reviews Westerns: Making the Man in Fiction and Film. Lee Clark Mitchell. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. Lee Clark Mitchell, in Westerns: Making the Man in Fiction and Film, writes a cultural history of The American Genre, the genre...
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