The top hat and stars and stripes that characterize Uncle Sam today were first worn by Yankee actors portraying Brother Jonathan. This book explores the complex emblematic function of the Brother Jonathan figure and its changing meaning through the decades and in a multitude of popular media.
Entertainers or athletes? Leaders or losers? Cheerleaders, numbering 3.8 million in the United States alone, are part of everyone's school memories. Looking beyond the poms and megaphones, Cheerleader! An American Icon explores how the sport reflects our shifting beliefs about athletics, entertainment, gender, and national identity. Natalie Guice Adams and Pamela J. Bettis trace cheerleading's history, from its inception 135 years ago as a male leadership activity, through the sassy era epitomized by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, to its current incarnation as a physically demanding sport. Integrating history, pop culture, and interviews with participants of all ages and even those in the business, Adams and Bettis simultaneously celebrate cheering and provide critical analysis as well. Cheerleader!: An American Icon is a poignant, hilarious, powerful, and revealing look at a perennially popular activity.
This official guide chronicles the story of the birthplace of country music as told by the people who were there. Escott presents the official inside history of the home of country music, offering fans an exclusive look into the heart and soul of country music. Full color, and packed with photos from the Opry Archives covering 80 years of history.
"In The Electric Guitar, scholars working in American studies, business history, the history of technology, and musicology come together to explore the instrument's importance as an invention and its peculiar place in American culture. Documenting the critical and evolving relationship among inventors, craftsmen, musicians, businessmen, music writers, and fans, the contributors look at the guitar not just as an instrument but as a mass produced consumer good that changed the sound of popular music and the self-image of musicians."--BOOK JACKET.
ntertainers, ditzes, or athletes? Cheerleaders: love them, hate them, hate to love them, they are part of everyone's school experiences and memories. Nearly four million cheer-leaders participate in competitions or lead cheers at sports events. Going beyond the poms and megaphones, Cheerleader! explores how cheerleading reflects our shifting beliefs about sports, entertainment, gender, and national identity. Adams and Bettis trace cheerleading's history, from its beginnings 135 years ago as a male leadership activity, through the sexual and sassy era epitomized by the Dallas Cow-boy Cheerleaders, to its current incarnation as a physically demanding sport. Integra-ting history, pop culture, and inter-views with cheerleaders of all ages and those in the cheer-leading business, Adams and Bettis simultaneously celebrate cheer-leading and provide a critical analysis of this perennially popular activity.
Two hundred works of art are presented along with a provocative collection of essays that explore the rich intersections between art and nature in this view of Yosemite's visual history as it looks at how artists have shaped the history of the park, the relationship between the environment and aesthetics, and connections among art, nature, and commerce.
Clara’s words “Where’s The Beef?” bring her to the attention of the American public. The media joins in. Newspaper reporters and TV commentators begin to seek out Clara for interviews. She begins a fast-paced career representing Wendy’s throughout the country. Although inexperienced, Clara proves to be capable and resourceful. Clara had roots in a Jewish shelter in Russia. Her parents, Judith and Wolf Swerdlove, had eight children. Wolf left Russia when he was being drafted for the second time. The family followed in waves, with the eldest children working hard to make immigration possible for the younger ones. The family was poor and uneducated, but managed to adjust to living in America. When she became famous and known to many, her family looked on in wonder and amazement. Marlene Necheles, her daughter, tells a story of appearances on the Today Show and Merv Griffen. There were visits at famous restaurants and radio interviews. Clara becomes the voice of the elderly who are often ignored or neglected. The American Cattle Association invites Clara to their convention in DC, and she almost gets to the White House. In countless other appearances, Clara captures the love of the American public.
Why do so many Americans drive for miles each autumn to buy a vegetable that they are unlikely to eat? While most people around the world eat pumpkin throughout the year, North Americans reserve it for holiday pies and other desserts that celebrate the harvest season and the rural past. They decorate their houses with pumpkins every autumn and welcome Halloween trick-or-treaters with elaborately carved jack-o'-lanterns. Towns hold annual pumpkin festivals featuring giant pumpkins and carving contests, even though few have any historic ties to the crop. In this fascinating cultural and natural history, Cindy Ott tells the story of the pumpkin. Beginning with the myth of the first Thanksgiving, she shows how Americans have used the pumpkin to fulfull their desire to maintain connections to nature and to the family farm of lore, and, ironically, how small farms and rural communities have been revitalized in the process. And while the pumpkin has inspired American myths and traditions, the pumpkin itself has changed because of the ways people have perceived, valued, and used it. Pumpkin is a smart and lively study of the deep meanings hidden in common things and their power to make profound changes in the world around us.
The never-before-told story of how Jerry Seinfeld made his dream come true -- of how this very ambitious, extremely driven, compulsively perfectionistic carefully worked his way up through the knock-down-drag-out world of stand-up comedy as it began to explode in the mid-1970s, & how he went on to co-create in the late 80s what is considered to be the most successful TV sitcom in its history. From the start, Jerry has been extremely private about all aspects of his personal life. For more than a year, Oppenheimer conducted in-depth interviews with scores of Jerry s closes friends, family members, bus. assoc., lovers, & fellow comedians who spoke candidly, painting a riveting portrait of the beloved & talented comedian.