Making American Culture: A Social History, 1900-1920

Paperback | September 15, 2010

byPatricia Bradley

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How is culture made? In a readable style, this book argues that the development of American culture in the twentieth century was the result of a cacophony of influences with a large sociological sweep, from the role of immigrants as a new audience to the intimate circles of artists who forged connections through neighborhoods, popular pubs, and lovers—heterosexual and homosexual—all contributing to an intellectual ferment that was open to new ideas. Patricia Bradley examines how some of these forces impacted the evolution of popular cultural forms such as vaudeville, song, and early film as well as the emergence of modern art, dance, and literary productions. All off these forms were a product of their times and were fueled by the ambition of artists looking to be part of the American success story. 

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How is culture made? In a readable style, this book argues that the development of American culture in the twentieth century was the result of a cacophony of influences with a large sociological sweep, from the role of immigrants as a new audience to the intimate circles of artists who forged connections through neighborhoods, popular ...

Patricia Bradley has examined how ideas come to be part of national life in her far-ranging previous work as author of Slavery, Propaganda and the American Revolution, Mass Media and the Making of American Feminism 1963-1973, and Women and the Press the Struggle for Equality. Born in the United Kingdom, she was a broadcaster in her ea...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023010584X

ISBN - 13:9780230105843

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Culture and Nationhood * Vaudeville: Temple for the Century * Outsider Art: American Popular Song * Silent Film: Privatizing Experience * Censorship, Class and Culture * Isadora Duncan and the Spirit of Modernism * Cultural Communities and Cultural Consequences * Modern Art Meets Modern Marketing: the Armory Show * Unambiguous Ambition: Eugene O’Neill and the Provincetown Players * The Politics of Culture: The Singing Army * Epilogue: Broadcasting Begins

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“Patricia Bradley has a unique way of looking at American media – whether it be broadcasting, vaudeville, or silent film – within a culture building context. Her forte is rejecting standard professional history and analyzing media as a cultural artifact and force intermixed with politics. Bradley examines media content and production within celebrated American values such as the entrepreneurial impulse. This book is a must read for those who want a greater understanding of culture without the usual jargon that accompanies such works. Bradley is a gifted scholar and writer.”--Jean Folkerts, Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill