By Jacqueline Foertsch
This booklet explores the key cultural different types of Nineteen Forties the United States - fiction and non-fiction; track and radio; movie and theatre; severe and well known visible arts - and key texts, developments and figures, from local Son to Citizen Kane, from Hiroshima to HUAC, and from Dr Seuss to Bob desire. After discussing the dominant rules that tell the Forties the booklet culminates with a bankruptcy at the 'culture of war'. instead of splitting the last decade at 1945, Jacqueline Foertsch argues persuasively that the Nineteen Forties will be taken as an entire, looking for hyperlinks among wartime and postwar American tradition
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55 It positioned the United States as the undisputed leader of the free world (and, for a brief interval the entire world) with respect to scientific achievement, political prowess, and by some circuitous path, moral rectitude. In a speech taped for broadcast on 10 August, Truman called the bomb ‘an awful responsibility which has come to us. We thank God it has come to us, instead of to our enemies. ’56 Millions of Americans felt this same euphoric gratitude; they massed in Times Square in New York and in city centres across the nation celebrating and welcoming returning soldiers.
He cannot allow his grievances to be postponed until after the War, for he knows that the War is his chance. 40 In almost fifteen hundred well-worded, closely documented pages, Myrdal dissected the pathologies of white racism and the inequities of 14 American Culture in the 1940s black life in exhaustive detail. He examined stereotypes, jokes, misconceptions; disparities in African American living standards and violence against African Americans; and African American cultural life, including schools, churches, journalism, and leadership.
Likewise, it was primarily the lobbying efforts and forthright reporting of NAACP executive secretary, Walter White, that inspired Truman to desegregate United States armed forces. White’s detailed and persuasive A Rising Wind (1945) documented the frustrations of willing, well-trained black soldiers sent to Europe and North Africa on combat missions, only to find themselves demoted to the status of port battalions and quartermasters – charged with unloading ships, transporting equipment and personnel, and moving supplies – upon arrival at the front.