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ANSWER ONLY ONE of the following four questions.

2-3 pages. Due Monday November 30

Use the assigned readings.

Ashby, LeRoy

2012      With Amusement for All: A History of American Popular Culture since 1830 Lexington: University of Kentucky Press

1) Who was PT Barnum? What innovations in entertainment and popular culture did he create? Do we see his ideas in popular culture today?

(NOTE: The wrong answer is the circus still exists)

2)How did popular culture at the turn of the 19th to 20th century help create/inform/construct the middle-class? And/or middle class behaviors?

(NOTE: The point is to use chapters 5 and/or 6)

3)How was popular culture affected by the 1930s depression? In what ways was popular culture important to the American people at the time?

(Note: Chapter 7)

4) How was popular culture used to create a consensus among the American people? (for WWii, for 1940s/60s society) How was this consensus challenged?

(Note: Chapter 8 and/or9)

ANSWER ONLY ONE of the following four questions.
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