By Jacqueline Foertsch

This publication explores the key cultural types of Nineteen Forties the United States - fiction and non-fiction; tune and radio; movie and theatre; severe and well known visible arts - and key texts, tendencies and figures, from local Son to Citizen Kane, from Hiroshima to HUAC, and from Dr Seuss to Bob desire. After discussing the dominant principles that tell the Nineteen Forties the e-book culminates with a bankruptcy at the 'culture of war'. instead of splitting the last decade at 1945, Jacqueline Foertsch argues persuasively that the Forties may be taken as a complete, looking for hyperlinks among wartime and postwar American tradition

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7 Americans across the political spectrum thought twice about US involvement. Indeed, in the late 1930s, American munitions-makers sought to do business with both defenders and aggressors in the new European conflict, while the wealthy and prominent wished to maintain their schedule of transatlantic crossings uninterrupted by embargoes, inspections, or, worse, commandeering or attack by hostile entities. 8 To sell arms to or book passage with nations on either side of a conflict was deemed an exercise of ‘neutral rights’ by those who wished to augment business relations by remaining politically circumspect.

56 Millions of Americans felt this same euphoric gratitude; they massed in Times Square in New York and in city centres across the nation celebrating and welcoming returning soldiers. Had they considered it more deeply, Americans may have felt less as though God were on their side than that they had now, Prometheus-like, managed to steal divine force and bend it to their own purposes. Why was the city of Hiroshima bombed instead of (for demonstration purposes) some uninhabited island in the Pacific?

Luce (see Chapter 1) to the future Dr Seuss (see the following case study). But it would be well into the war before German atrocities became so plainly evident that almost every US citizen felt proud to have intervened. In the late 1930s, a sizeable contingent of average Americans questioned the sacrifice being asked of them for a second time in a twenty-year time span. In fact, in its early days, the war for many appeared less a campaign of genocide than an excuse to advance – as University of Chicago chancellor Robert M.

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