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Essay Assignment


Readings and Screenings





American Studies WWW Links

World Wide Web Virtual Library's Labor and Business History links -- http://www.iisg.nl/~w3vl/ -- a comprehensive list of global labor and business history links.

American Studies Web -- http://www.georgetown.edu/crossroads/asw/ -- an annotated link index of American Studies sites, categorized under a number of specific headings.

World Wide Web Virtual Library: Social Sciences -- http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/gthursby/socsci/subjects.htm -- general link listing of various social science web sites, ranging from anthropology and aboriginal studies to paranormal phenomena and women's studies.

The Library of Congress -- http://lcweb.loc.gov/ -- the Library of Congress' website, with access to the catalog, special exhibits, and a host of archival materials relevant to American history.

American Memory -- http://rs6.loc.gov/amhome.html -- a project of the Library of Congress' National Digital Library, this site boasts a large multimedia archival collection of Americana and related materials.

American Studies Yellow Pages -- http://xroads.virginia.edu/~YP/yp_home.html -- an annotated list of web resources for various subjects in American Studies, hosted by the University of Virginia.

The United States Constitution -- http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/constitution/toc.html -- the Constitution, with annotations and interpretation, with amendments and Supreme Court constitutional cases.

American Women's History: A Research Guide -- http://frank.mtsu.edu/~kmiddlet/history/women.html -- a very useful bibliographical listing of sources, as well as advice and tips on finding materials.

What is Culture? Why Study It?

Cultural Studies Central -- http://www.culturalstudies.net/index.html -- an introduction to cultural studies, with a particular focus on popular culture and ways to approach it through resources and example websites.

PopCulture.com -- http://www.popcultures.com/ -- a great site with great pointers to popular culture in general, journals, figures of note, bibliographies, and more.

SWIRL -- http://www.sou.edu/English/IDTC/Swirl/swirl.htm -- a "guide to post-millenial paradigms" which includes a valiant attempt to answer the question, "What Is Cultural Studies?" (http://www.sou.edu/English/IDTC/Issues/CultStud/cultstud.htm) Very useful as an introduction to this strange and nebulous topic.

Yahoo's List of Theorists and Critics -- http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/Critical_Theory/Theorists_and_Critics/ -- a good brief list of sites devoted to certain critics and theorists (e.g. Marx, Althusser, Foucault, Barthes) who have made lasting contributions to cultural studies as we know it today.

Critical Theory and Cultural Studies -- http://english-www.hss.cmu.edu/theory/ -- a somewhat disorganized, but immensely useful gathering of on-line papers and essays dealing with specific subjects in cultural studies, including texts in American Studies, Queer Studies, Postcolonialism, and others topics.

Voice of the Shuttle: Cultural Studies Page -- http://vos.ucsb.edu/shuttle/cultural.html -- a jumbled but exhaustive list of links to just about anything you can think of in trying to answer the question posed by this week's lectures.

Modern America

American Temperance and Prohibition -- http://www.history.ohio-state.edu/projects/prohibition/default.htm -- a site with links to archives, cartoons, and some brief summaries dealing with the Prohibition era.

Kevin Rayburn's "The 1920s" -- http://homer.louisville.edu/~kprayb01/1920s-6subjects-page.html -- a great listing of figures and events, organized into six subjects (the arts, news and politics, science and humanities, business and industry, society and fads, and sports).

UMKC's Scopes Monkey Trial Site -- http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scopes/scopes.htm -- a very useful site with archives, visual materials, and commentary. Very detailed and informative.

Crime Library's Al Capone Page -- http://www.crimelibrary.com/capone/caponemain.htm -- a biography of Al Capone, perhaps the most notorious gangster in American history.

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy -- http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/coolhtml/ -- the Library of Congress hyperlinked description of the 1920s and its collection's materials on the subject. Definitely worth a look.

The Harlem Renaissance

Yahoo List -- http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/Literature/Periods_and_Movements/Harlem_Renaissance/Authors/ -- a list of the most prominent literary figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Harlem Renaissance by Encyclopedia Britannica -- http://harlem.eb.com/ -- the definitive, if somewhat depoliticized, site developed by the well-known encyclopedia. Well worth a look as a solid introduction to the era and movement.

Harlem: Mecca of the New Negro -- http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/harlem/ -- the on-line reproduction of the Survey Graphic: Harlem Number issues of 1925. An essential primary document of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Harlem Renaissance -- http://www.fatherryan.org/harlemrenaissance/page.htm -- a well-done high school student site dedicated to the subject. Includes self-written summaries of important figures and a good number of visual accompaniments.

Rhapsodies in Black -- http://www.iniva.org/harlem/ -- an on-line exhibit of seven important works by Harlem Renaissance visual artists, with brief biographies and secondary commentary on major themes.

The Philippine-American War

Philippine-American War Centennial -- http://www.phil-am-war.org/intro.htm -- an extremely intelligent and passionate site which covers just about every aspect of the war, from cartoons, a background summary of the Philippines in the 1890s, atrocities, and the Philippine Independence Movement.

"The White Man's Burden" and Its Critics -- http://www.boondocksnet.com/kipling/ -- the Rudyard Kipling poem, and a host of contemporary responses. A good way to read primary documents to get a sense of the tenor of American society's feelings about the Philippines, and American imperialism in general.

The Popular Front and the Great Depression

UVA's 1930s Project -- http://xroads.virginia.edu/~1930s/front.html -- a useful look at the 1930s from a number of angles. See especially the "In Print" section.

American Memory -- http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/fsowhome.html -- the Library of Congress' huge collection of photographs from the Great Depression to World War II, taken by photographers for the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information Collection.

The Early Modern Dance -- http://www.pitt.edu/~gillis/dance/disp.html -- a site which gives brief descriptions of the aesthetic contributions of the early modern dancers, including Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham. Formatted as a student site, it includes short quizzes.

WWII and the Culture of the Homefront/The Bomb

Atomic Bomb: Decision -- http://www.dannen.com/decision/index.html -- primary documents relating to the decision to use the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Manzanar: America's Concentration Camp -- http://members.aol.com/EARTHSUN/Manzanar.html -- a brief overview of the internment camps, with some interesting photographs and links to related sites.

Rabbit in the Moon -- http://www.pbs.org/pov/tvraceinitiative/rabbitinthemoon/ -- PBS website companion to its documentary about the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans during WWII.

Office of War Information Collection -- http://lcweb.loc.gov/spcoll/177.html -- Special Collections in the Library of Congress

World War II Poster Collection -- http://www.library.nwu.edu/govpub/collections/wwii-posters/ -- an excellent repository of scanned posters from WWII hosted by Northwestern University.

World War II Posters: Powers of Persuasion -- http://www.nara.gov/exhall/powers/powers.html -- an on-line exhibit of the National and Records Administration.

The American Experience: America and the Holocaust -- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/holocaust/ -- PBS' companion site to a documentary about America's ignorance of the plight of the Jews in Europe during the war.

World War II: The Homefront -- http://library.advanced.org/15511/ -- a multimedia exhibit of materials related to the homefront, including Victory Garden posters, toys, and other memorabilia.

The American Century

The Literature & Culture of the American 1950s -- http://dept.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/home.html -- an alphabetized listing of a good number of web resources dealing with various events, figures, and issues of the 1950s.

CNN: Cold War Experience: Culture -- http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cold.war/experience/culture/ -- CNN's presentation of the culture of the cold war, done mostly through popular culture. See also their main page on the Cold War -- http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cold.war/.

The Fabulous 1950s -- http://www.joesherlock.com/fifties.html -- an interesting nostalgia site with a good links page.

The Counterculture

Psychedelic 60s: Literary Tradition and Social Change -- http://www.lib.virginia.edu/exhibits/sixties/index.html -- a fun exhibit of the Special Collections Department of the University of Virginia Library, with lots of archival graphics and description.

A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law -- http://www.si.edu/organiza/museums/nmah/ve/lisalaw/index.htm -- the Smithsonian's site dedicated to a prominent photographer of '60s counterculture.

Patio Culture -- http://home.texoma.net/~kgreg/ -- a fun and sometime insightful look into '60s suburban culture, with topics such as "Suburban Cuisine" and "Kid Insect Cruelty."

Kingwood College Library American Cultural History, 1960-69 -- http://www.nhmccd.edu/contracts/lrc/kc/decade60.html -- a useful overview of the 1960s with lots and lots of embedded links.

The US in Vietnam

Vietnam War Timeline -- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/vietnam/time/index.html -- PBS' American Experience timeline of the Vietnam War. A good chronology of major events from 1945 to the present.

Vietnam War Bibliography -- http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~eemoise/bibliography.html -- a comprehensive and detailed bibliography of books and materials on the Vietnam War.

Yahoo's List of Vietnam War Links -- http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/History/By_Time_Period/20th_Century/Military_History/Vietnam_War/

Photographs, posters, and other visual documents from anti-war protests in the sixties -- http://ftp.std.com/obi/Emi.Anthology/tears.html

The Civil Rights Movement

African American Odyssey: The Civil Rights Movement -- http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/exhibit/aopart9.html -- the Library of Congress' Civil Rights section of its exhibit on African American experiences, The African American Odyssey (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/aohome.html).

Powerful Days -- http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/features/moore/mooreIndex.shtml -- an exhibit of Charles Moore's Civil Rights photography, presented by Kodak. You can also view another site, http://www.civilrightsphotos.com/, for a walk-through presentation.

These links were assembled by Michael Cohen with subsequent contributions by FORMAC instructors.

The Formation of Modern American Culture Since 1920
American Studies 191b
Last updated: January 15, 2007

Professor Michael Denning

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