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Red Reckoning : The Cold War and the Transformation of American Life

Red Reckoning : The Cold War and the Transformation of American Life / edited by Mark Boulton and Tobias T. Gibson.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2024]
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"The Cold War still casts a long shadow over contemporary American society. It was a transformative era that continues to condition Americans' national anxieties, popular culture, consumer habits, and identity. The essays in "Red Reckoning" take an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to examine how the great ideological conflict of the twentieth century impacted American society. While historians and political scientists have explored Cold War American culture in numerous monographs on individual subjects, this collection analyzes the myriad ways the conflict forced Americans to reconsider almost every aspect of their society, culture, and identity. The essays included are lively, engaging, and cover subjects that will interest students and scholars of post-1945 United States History. They should also appeal to readers wishing to understand modern America's political, legal, and cultural foundations. The subjects include the Cold War's impact on the national security state, race relations, gun culture and masculinity, law, college football, advertising, music, film, free speech, religion, and even board games. Contributing scholars include Tony Shaw, the leading scholar on American Cold War movies, and Elaine Tyler May, whose Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era (1988) redefined our understanding of Cold War family dynamics. "Red Reckoning" offers readers an immersion into what it was like to live through the Cold War, revealing a society that was evolving in the ways it consumed media and entertainment and reacted to the infrastructures, cultural mores, and the rise of a national security state necessary to win the conflict. The first section of the volume explores the Cold War's impact on the legal and structural contours of American life. Section two examines how the Cold War affected identity by forcing Americans to reconsider notions of racial inclusiveness, gender norms, and religiosity. Section three analyzes the production and consumption of popular culture and demonstrates how the conflict transformed movies, literature, music, and sports, making them key components in the ideological battle against communism"-- Provided by publisher.
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Introduction / Mark Boulton and Tobias T. Gibson
Security against democracy : the legacy of the Cold War at home / Elaine Tyler May
From subordinated to a bedrock principle : the Supreme Court on free speech during the Cold War / Eric T. Kasper
Loyalty and law : Cold War conformity in the legal profession / Mary Elizabeth Basile Chopas
The rise of the national security state as a technology enterprise / Linda Weiss
The Cold War and US immigration policy : the legacy of migrant screening on diaspora communities in America / Peter J. Verovšek
Race relations and the Cold War / Ann V. Collins
Guns, manhood, and the Cold War / Angela F. Keaton
No substitute for football : Cold War culture and college football/ Kurt Edward Kemper
Televangelism and the transformation of American Christianity / Randi Barnes-Cox and Charity Rakestraw
A war of colors : Cold War food advertising in US newspapers and magazines, 1946-1960 / Francesco Buscemi
Hollywood's Cold War : the battle for hearts and minds on film / Tony Shaw
To condense a mockingbird : Harper Lee, Reader's Digest, and the Cold War / Kristen Popham and Simon Stow
Playing by new rules : board games and Cold War American Culture, 1945-1965 / Matt Sprengeler
The cops versus the commies : Cold War Cuba and Chile in US folk music / Eunice Rojas
Us and them : the eagle versus the hammer and sickle in the Cold War sporting arena / Kurt W. Jefferson.
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