Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 1, March

A Celebration That Defined a Generation: Grant Park, New Media, and Barack Obama's Historic Victory of the US Presidency
From the earliest days of recorded history, people have celebrated for many reasons: to commemorate important events; to mark seasonal changes or the stages of human life; to honor endings; and to rejoice in beginnings.(Joanne Taylor Hane and Catherine...
An Introduction to "Parties and Celebrations in American Culture": Toasting Bill Jones
Perhaps nothing reveals more about a culture, or its particular subcultures, than its parties and celebrations. Embodying cultural values and signifying gender, racial, ethnic, class, and age concerns, parties serve as important life markers, often denoting...
Pomp, Protocol, and Monarchical Manners: State Dinners at the White House
As President Barack Obama and his family settle into life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, one thing is certain: they will have plenty of opportunities for parties and celebrations at home. Based on the experiences of previous White House occupants, there...
Taking a New Spotlight to the Prom: Youth Culture and Its Emerging Video Archive
Among the traditional rituals of American high school, the prom stands out as an event that evokes intense emotions, expectations, and memories among participants. However, it is not only teenagers who attend the prom; teachers, extended families, and...
The Birth of the Patio Daddy-O: Outdoor Grilling in Postwar America
In the summer of 1956, food writer Clementine Paddleford took a trip out west. By that time Paddleford was one of the most famous food writers in America. She authored a daily column for the New York Herald-Tribune, a weekly column for a Sunday newspaper...
The County Fair as Celebration and Cultural Text
The primary focus of the county fair is to, first and foremost, serve as a showcase of the talents of the youth of the community by providing a means of education, exhibit and competition of the various livestock and non-livestock projects the youth...
"Wii're Here for a Good Time": The Sneaky Rhetoric of Wii-Themed Parties
In 2006, the Nintendo corporation introduced its "Wii" video game console in the United States, and it quickly became the most popular video game system in the country. Two major features of the gaming system drove its popularity: It introduced motion-controlled...