Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring

A Geographer Looks at Desert Storm Trading Cards
The recent Persian Gulf war had an immediate and intense impact on myriad aspects of our popular culture, both material and non-material. American vocabulary quickly expanded to include Scud and Patriot missiles, Smart bombs and Humvees (High Mobility...
A Modern Cinderella
In modern society fairy tales are still compelling. Found in oral, written and filmed versions, the stories may serve a pleasurable purpose for individuals or a cultural purpose for academics. Fairy tales have been studied to produce typologies and methodologies...
A Society without Soul: The Fear of Modernism in the 1937 Opera the Romance of Robot
The lowlands have fostered enough of sons, and thehills, and the sea.Now a strange mother with nipples of iron gives suckto a nation.At her side the young towns take strength on theirlips.(Black)The above, taken from MacKnight Black's 1929 poem "New...
Black Elk Speaks: A Native American View of Nineteenth-Century American History
Henry David Thoreau wrote of the American Indian in his Journal a few years before Black Elk's birth that "It frequently happens that the historian, though he professes more humanity than the trapper, mountain man, or gold-digger, who shoots one (Indian)...
Book Reviews -- Agriculture and Slavery in Missouri's Little Dixie by R. Douglas Hunt
R. Douglas Hunt. Agriculture and Slavery in Missouri's Little Dixie. Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 1992, 334 pp.This specialized study adds modestly to our understanding of the slavery in the Border States. Hunt chose to focus on...
Book Reviews -- American Religious and Biblical Spectaculars by Gerald E. Forshey
Gerald E. Forshey. American Religious and Biblical Spectaculars. Praeger: Westport, CT, 1992.American Religious and Biblical Spectaculars is a significant study of a too little examined aspect of the imaginative life of American society. The religious...
Book Reviews -- Big Top Boss: John Ringling North and the Circus by David Lewis Hammarstrom
David Lewis Hammarstrom. Big Top Boss: John Ringling North and the Circus. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992. 341 pp.A biography of the most important circus impresario of the twentieth century is a welcome addition to popular culture literature....
Book Reviews -- Cajun Country (Folklife in the South Series, No. 1) by Barry Jean Ancelet, Jay Edwards and Glen Pitre with Additional Material by Carl Brasseux, Fred B. Kniffen, Maida Bergeron, Janet Shoemaker and Mathe Allain
Barry Jean Ancelet, Jay Edwards and Glen Pitre with additional material by Carl Brasseaux, Fred B. Kniffen, Maida Bergeron, Janet Shoemaker and Mathe Allain. Cajun Country. Folklife in the South Series, No. 1. Jackson and London: University Press of...
Book Reviews -- Cradle and All: A Cultural and Psychoanalytic Reading of Nursery Rhymes by Lucy Rollin
Lucy Rollin. Cradle and All: A Cultural and Psychoanalytic Reading of Nursery Rhymes. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1962.At a time when politically correct Marxist and Feminist literary criticism is pushing aside more traditional psychoanalytic...
Book Reviews -- Homes in the Heartland: Balloon Frame Farmhouses of the Upper Midwest, 1850-1920 (Rural American Series) by Fred W. Peterson
Fred W. Peterson. Homes in the Heartland: Balloon Frame Farmhouses of the Upper Midwest, 1850-1920. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1992, xvi, 328 pp., illustratedDespite the title, readers should not dismiss this excellent volume in the Rural...
Book Reviews -- Making America: The Society and Culture of the United States Edited by Luther Luedtke
Luedtke, Luther, ed. Making America: The Society and Culture of the United States. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina P, 1992, 554 pp. $34.95/$16.95.Many of us in the Popular Culture/American Studies community eagerly order anthologies like this...
Book Reviews -- Militant and Triumphant: William Henry O'Connell and the Catholic Church in Boston, 1859-1944 by James M. O'Toole
James M. O'Toole. Militant and Triumphant: William Henry O'Connell and the Catholic Church in Boston, 1859-1944. Notre Dame, IN: U.P. of Notre Dame, 1992. vii + 324 pp., $28.95, cloth.In Militant and Triumphant, James M. O'Toole explores a self-posed...
Book Reviews -- Popular Culture and Political Change in Modern America Edited by Ronald Edsforth and Larry Bennet
Ronald Edsforth and Larry Bennet, eds. Popular Culture and Political Change in Modern America. Albany: SUNY Press, 1991. $14.95 paperback, 211 pp.This collection of essays historically trace the ways in which popular media, mass consumer products and...
Book Reviews -- She's A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock and Roll by Gillian G. Gaar
Gillian G. Gaar. She's A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock and Roll. Seattle, WA: Seal Press, 1992, Illustrated. 467 pp. Paperback, $16.95.Adapting the title from The Crystals' 1962 hit song to a female model, Seattle journalist and rock newspaper...
Book Reviews -- the Cowboy: Representations of Labor in an American Work Culture by Blake Allmendinger
Blake Allmendinger: The Cowboy: Representations of Labor in an American Work Culture. New York: Oxford, 1992.Perhaps not at all strangely when scholars and researchers are trying to show the differences in American cultures, Allmendinger is trying to...
Book Reviews -- the Orphan Trains: Placing out in America by Marilyn Irvin Holt
Marilyn Irvin Holt. The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America. Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1992.This book deals with a problem that has always been with us, most notably since Victorian times, what to do with the children. Children have always...
Book Reviews -- the Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley, (1872-1958) by Jack Beatty
Jack Beatty. The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley, (1872-1958). Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1992. xix + 558 pp. $25.00, cloth."J.M. was never a rascal...he was the last of our learned, respected, honest men elected to office in...
Book Reviews -- the Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities by Richard L. Bushman
Richard L. Bushman. The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities. New York: Alfred Knopf. 1992.This is a remarkably detailed, thoughtful analysis of the development of the American material world 1700-1850. For academics it covers much of the same...
Bringing the War Back Home: Consuming Operation Desert Storm
A factor that has become ever more characteristic of American warfare during the twentieth century is the intricately stage-managed relationship between distant fields of combat and the homefront. Nowhere was that more evident than with Operation Desert...
Closing the Circle: Yellow Ribbons and the Redemption of the Past
In the explosion of public patriotism that accompanied the 1991 Gulf War, the most visible symbol of troop support was not the Stars and Stripes--although flags were profusely evident--but a recently invented tradition, the yellow ribbon. The practice...
Forgetting the Gulf War POW
On the evening of 16 January 1991, retired Navy Vice Admiral William Lawrence stepped up to the podium in Eisenhower Hall auditorium at West Point. Lawrence had been asked to address the Corps of Cadets. His authority for such a task was unarguable....
Pizza in 30 Minutes, or How to Order a War: A Study of the Political Institution of Time
...The Keepers of our Time,The Guides and Wardens of our facilities,Sages, who in their prescience would controlAll accidents, and to the very roadWhich they have fashioned would confine us down,Like engines;...Wordsworth, The Prelude (1850 edition),Book...
The Inalienable Land: American Wilderness as Sacred Symbol
It is one of the enduring paradoxes of American culture that this nation, with its unparalleled record of exploitation, desecration and destruction of the natural environment, should nevertheless have developed in its national and state wilderness parks,...
The Persian Gulf Conflict and the Vanishing Hostages
After the Gulf War of 1991, no one bothered to formally announce the public disappearance of the American hostages held in Iraq and Kuwait. A courageous group, they had numbered more than 3,000. Many of pictures had appeared in national news magazines....
The Roots of Amish Popularity in Contemporary U.S.A
America has witnessed a great number of sectariian groups since the first Puritas settled in New England. But few of the groups have survived as long as the Amish. (1) For example, Oneida, founded as a Utopian community in 1848, had disintegrated by...
The Vietnam Syndrome and the American People
* This essay is the opening chapter of On Strategy II: A Critical Analysis of the Gulf War (Dell, 1992: 7-21). It is published here by generous permission of Colonel Summers.It's a proud day far Americans and by God we've licked the Vietnam syndrome...
The Yellow Ribboning of America: A Gulf War Phenomenon
Whether tied around a tree, worn on a lapel or displayed in some other fashion, the yellow ribbon in America became a pervasive visible symbol associated with the Gulf War. It generated incredible sales, unprecedented usage and heated debate.Few symbols...