Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 4, December

Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink
Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink David Margolick. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.Few sporting events were more momentous than the 1938 boxing match between American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling. Nearly 70,000...
Clash in Paradise: A Fantasy Theme Analysis of A Day without a Mexican
We have lost our pride, we have lost our dignity, we have lost our Mexicans.- From the film trailer of A Day Without a Mexican (2004)1Our Lost "Mexicans"The filmmakers of the mockumentary A Day Without a Mexican (2004) ask their audience to participate...
Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President/The Lincoln Mailbag: America Writes to the President, 1861-1865/an Oral History of Abraham Lincoln: John G. Nicolay's Interviews and Essays/With Lincoln in the White House: Letters, Memoranda, and Other Writings of John G. Nicolay
Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President Harold Holzer, Editor. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2006.The Lincoln Mailbag: America Writes to the President, 1861-1865 Harold Holzer, Editor. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press,...
E. T. Culture: Anthropology in Outer Spaces
E. T. Culture: Anthropology in Outer Spaces Debbora Battaglia, Editor. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005.E. T. Culture: Anthropology in Outer Spaces, edited by Debbora Battaglia, is an informative, often interesting collection of eight anthropological...
Family, Gender, and Society in 1950s American Fiction of Nuclear Apocalypse: Shadow on the Hearth, Tomorrow!, the Last Day, and Alas, Babylon
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 terminated World War II, by far the most costly war in human history in terms of lives lost and destruction of facilities and resources. For a very brief period, the bombings inaugurated a...
Friday Night Grind: Bourbon Street, New Orleans
Friday Night Grind: Bourbon Street, New Orleans Jackie Brenner, Albuquerque, NM: Fresco Fine Art Publications, 2006.This book is a collection of forty-four black and white/sepia toned photographs taken backstage and onstage apparently at one particular...
Lennon Revealed/John/John Lennon: The New York Years
Lennon Revealed Larry Kane. Philadelphia: Running Press, 2005.John Cynthia Lennon. New York: Crown Publishers, 2005.John Lennon: The New York Years Bob Gruen. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2005.There is a good chance that the iPod generation...
Marketing Genius: The Friendship of Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan
So we're all applauding ourselves is what it comes down to.-Sam ShepardWhen New York Post journalist Al Aronowitz first introduced Alien Ginsberg to Bob Dylan in New York in 1963, the two became friends almost immediately. The story goes that Dylan,...
Modern Occult Rhetoric: Mass Media and the Drama of Secrecy in the Twentieth Century (Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique Series)
Modern Occult Rhetoric: Mass Media and the Drama of Secrecy in the Twentieth Century (Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique Series) Joshua Gunn, Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2005.How many taboos can a scholar violate before being permanently...
More Than Just a Game: Sports in American Life since 1945
More Than Just a Game: Sports in American Life Since 1945 Kathryn Jay. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.Over the past decade numerous books focusing on the post-World War II period have been published. The breadth of these works spans a wide...
Out of Her Place: Anne Hutchinson and the Dislocation of Power in New World Politics
A seventeenth-century woman used her voice freely and forcefully and, as a result, was destroyed by political maneuvering. However, before looking at the colonial American communal structures that could lead to the demise of the renowned Antinomian,...
Panic Diaries: A Genealogy of Panic Disorder
Panic Diaries: A Genealogy of Panic Disorder Jackie Orr, Durham, NC: Duke Universitty Press, 2006.This book is divided into five relatively long chapters. The first deals with "History, Memory, Story." These components are not comprised so much of topics...
Radical Art: Printmaking and the Left in 1930s New York
Radical Art: Printmaking and The Left in 1930s New York Helen Langa. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.At a recent talk in a New York city union hall, the veteran labor educator Harry Kelber recounted his first job in the mid-1930s. The...
Reconstructive Realism: Satire in Miss Ravenel's Conversion from Secession to Loyalty
Winner of the Best Graduate Student Paper Award at the 2006 American Culture Association Conference... I never forgot that my main duty should consist in educating the entire population around me to settle their differences by the civil law; in other...
Reviving Julia Peterkin as a Trickster Writer
Southern writer Julia Mood Peterkin (1880-1961) preserves a distinct insular American community in her novels as she chronicles the lives of rural South Carolinian African American farmers known as Gullah. During the 1920s and 1930s, her work was highly...
Sleeping Around: The Bed from Antiquity to Now
Sleeping Around: The Bed From Antiquity to Now Annie Carlano and Bobbie Sumberg. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2006.Sleeping Around is not nearly as titillating as its title suggests, the reproduction of the famous fresco in the Casa Del...
Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the American Way/Comics as Philosophy
Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the American Way Tom Morris and Matt Morris, Editors. Chicago, IL: Open Court Publishing Company, 2005.Comics as Philosophy Jeff McLaughlin, Editor. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2005.Speaking...
The Truth Is on the Reservation: American Indians and Conspiracy Culture
Homeland security "Fighting Terrorism Since 1492."- slogan on t-shirts, posters, and bumper stickers printed with image of Native American warriorsAs we enter the '90s, the FBI's slaughter of "AIM militants" has long since been completed and hidden from...