A Companion to American Cultural History offers a historiographic overview of the scholarship, with special attention to the major studies and debates that have shaped the field, and an assessment of where it is currently headed. *30 essays explore the history of American culture at all analytic levels * Written by scholarly experts well-versed in the questions and controversies that have activated interest in this burgeoning field * Part of the authoritative Blackwell Companions to American History series * Provides both a chronological and thematic approach: topics range from British America in the Eighteenth Century to the modern day globalization of American Culture; thematic approaches include gender and sexuality and popular culture
Karen Halttunen is Professor of History and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, and former president of the American Studies Association. She is the author of Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-Class Culture in America, 1830 1870 (1986) and Murder Most Foul: The Killer and the American Gothic Imagination (2000).
Notes on Contributors viii Introduction xi Karen Halttunen Part I Early America 1 1. Cultural Encounters: Americans and Europeans 3 Peter C. Mancall 2. Cultures of Colonial Settlement 17 Carla Gardina Pestana 3. British America in the Eighteenth Century 32 Karin Wulf 4. The Revolution and the Early Republic 46 Catherine E. Kelly Part II The Nineteenth Century 63 5. Antebellum Cultural History 65 James W. Cook 6. Religion and Reform 79 Lewis Perry 7. Black Culture in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 95 Demetrius L. Eudell 8. The Civil War in American Culture 110 Alice Fahs 9. The West 125 Ann Fabian 10. The Gilded Age 139 Scott A. Sandage 11. Immigration and Ethnic Culture 154 Hasia R. Diner 12. Cultural Watersheds in Fin de Siecle America 166 Janet M. Davis Part III The Twentieth Century 181 13. Consumer Culture and Mass Culture 183 Charles F. McGovern 14. Modernism 198 Joel Dinerstein 15. Politics and Culture in the 1930s and 1940s 214 Julia L. Foulkes 16. The 1950s and 1960s 230 Daniel Belgrad 17. The Globalization of American Culture 246 Petra Goedde Part IV Thematic and Methodological Approaches 263 18. Cultural Theory, Dialogue, and American Cultural History 265 George Lipsitz 19. Situating Visual Culture 279 Sally M. Promey 20. Material Cultures 295 J. Ritchie Garrison 21. Performance and Display 311 M. Alison Kibler 22. Gender and Sexuality 327 Jane H. Hunter 23. Race and Ethnicity 341 Eric Avila 24. Popular Culture 356 Nan Enstad 25. History and Memory 371 David Glassberg Part V The Cultural Turn in Other Fields 381 26. Culturalist Approaches to Intellectual History 383 Casey Nelson Blake 27. The Impact of the Culture Concept on Social History 396 Lawrence B. Glickman 28. Religious History and the Cultural Turn 406 Leigh E. Schmidt 29. Political History and the Tool of Culture 416 Joanne B. Freeman 30. The Cultural History of Foreign Relations 425 Andrew J. Rotter Index 437