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May (history, Minnesota) seeks to reconcile two prevailing but contradictory images of the 1950s: the notion of domestic tranquility and happiness amidst the fears and tensions of the Cold War. She does so by locating American family life within the larger political culture and by arguing that the retreat to the privacy and security of the home was a response to the era's political insecurities. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including data on 300 couples, she finds ideological connections between Cold War policies and conservative social "norms." A provocative thesis that will stir debate. Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., N.J.
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"A provocative, challenging, persuasive interpretation of the internal dynamics that shaped America family life in the postwar years." -- -- William Chafe, Duke University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Original book written prior to 9/11 (2001). This is basically the same book with the addition of another chapter covering the 9/11 events and bringing the book more up yo date and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beavis
I honestly would have never read this if it weren't for my history class. The author, of course, if very informative, but is very.. boring. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LNPerez
Forced to read this for a class. It's just a bunch of survey responses.Published 7 months ago by Raspberry Puppies
This was a textbook that was not required but - having read the excerpts - I had to own it.Published 8 months ago by Seattle Girl
I thought this book would be boring like all my other reading assignments but it actually had some interesting stuff! I am now going to reread it for my own personal enjoymentPublished 11 months ago by denise hernandez
So, apparently if I have seen something, then I still have to cite it from this era. Weird, because I saw all of this on television and read it in the magazines. Read morePublished 15 months ago by The Sassy Countess
Other reviewers complained that this wasn't history. If by that they meant it wasn't the nostalgia-soaked 1950s as Leave It To Beaver and Happy Days, they're right. Read morePublished 18 months ago by parallel