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Of War and Men

Ralph LaRossa

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226467429
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226470023 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226470023.001.0001
Of War and Men

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Fathers in the 1950s tend to be portrayed as wise and genial pipe-smokers or distant, emotionless patriarchs. This common but limited stereotype obscures the remarkable diversity of their experiences and those of their children. To uncover the real story of fatherhood during this transformative era, this book takes the long view—from the attack on Pearl Harbor up to the election of John F. Kennedy—revealing the ways that World War II and its aftermath shaped men. Offering accounts of people both ordinary and extraordinary, the book explores the nature and after effects of combat, the culture of fear during the Cold War, the ways that fear altered the lives of racial and sexual minorities, and how the civil rights movement affected families both black and white. The book also analyzes the impact of suburbanization on fathers and their kids, discovering that living in the suburbs often strengthened their bond. And finally, looking beyond the idealized dad enshrined in TV sitcoms, the book explores the brutal side of family life in the postwar years.

Keywords: Pearl Harbor; President Kennedy; combat; Cold War; racial minorities; sexual minorities; civil rights movement; suburbanization

Book.  321 pages. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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