ANSWER ONLY ONE of the following four questions.
2-3 pages. Due Monday November 30
Use the assigned readings.
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)