Book Review: Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960

Hirsch, Arnold R. Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1983. The emergence of Chicago's "black metropolis" gave rise to institutional, economic, and political forces that had their roots, and therefore a stake, in the ghetto. The white hostility that isolated blacks spatially necessitated the creation of …

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Book Review: Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

Chauncey, George. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940. New York: Basic Books, 1994. Whether homosexuality is good or bad, chosen or determined, natural or unnatural, healthy or sick is debated, for such opinions are in the realm of ideology and thus subject to contestation, and we are living …

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Cold War Femininity and the Study of Gender Roles

"They were wives and mothers, cleaners and cooks in the man’s castle, nurturers and chauffeurs for the children, the linchpin that kept everything running smoothly."  Mary C. Brennan Wives, Mothers, and the Red Menace: Conservative Women and the Crusade Against Communism Defining Womanhood in a Genderless Society What does it mean to be a woman in …

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Atomic Warfare and American Values 

Civil defense was the means selected to persuade Americans to accept such an outcome if it, indeed, became a necessary one. Americans would have to be shown that at a minimum, they would survive a nuclear conflagration and, after an acceptable period of reconstruction of their homeland, they could resume their accustomed prewar existence. Melvin …

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