The Art of Democracy by Jim Cullen
A Concise History of Popular Culture in the United States

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From the proliferation of novels written by white women in the late 18th cent. to the rise of rap music composed by black men in the late 20th, popular culture has been a powerful force in the U.S. In this fascinating history written for the general reader, Cullen traces the development of this culture over two centuries. He uses the novels of the late 18th & early 19th cent., the theater & minstrel shows of the mid-19th cent., the movies & TV of the 20th cent. to demonstrate the boundaries of form & geography. Cullen shows how unique & vibrant popular cultural forms have overcome initial resistance from the elites & enabled historically marginalized groups to gain access to the fruits of society & recognition from the mainstream. Illustrated.
 

About Jim Cullen

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Jim Cullen teaches history at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. Cullen, a former Preceptor in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University, is the author of several books, including The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation (2003) and the forthcoming, provisionally titled Sensing the Past: Hollywood Actors as Historians.
 
Published January 1, 1996 by Monthly Review Press. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The connection between yesterday's Victorian dime-novel denizens and today's African American rap fans, Culture Club's sudden rise to fame in the early 1980s and the demise of the Golden Age of Hollywood are just a few of the fascinating topics tackled in this analysis of popular culture from rev...

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