Picture Imperfect

in Of War and Men

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226467429
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226470023 | DOI:
Picture Imperfect

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This chapter examines the impact of the television comedy Leave It to Beaver on the children of war veterans in the U.S. It suggests that the “Beaver's Hero” particularly struck a cord with veterans' families because 15 years after the war what fathers had done in the war remained a salient issue. This chapter also discusses commentaries that the show veritably defined television in the 1950s and became synonymous with ideas about family life during that period.

Keywords: Leave It to Beaver; television comedy; war veterans; U.S.; fathers; family life

Chapter.  7080 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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