By Jacqueline Foertsch
This publication explores the most important cultural varieties of Nineteen Forties the United States - fiction and non-fiction; song and radio; movie and theatre; critical and well known visible arts - and key texts, developments and figures, from local Son to Citizen Kane, from Hiroshima to HUAC, and from Dr Seuss to Bob desire. After discussing the dominant rules that tell the Nineteen Forties the e-book culminates with a bankruptcy at the 'culture of war'. instead of splitting the last decade at 1945, Jacqueline Foertsch argues persuasively that the Forties will be taken as an entire, looking for hyperlinks among wartime and postwar American tradition
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Having interviewed at length six survivors of the 6 August atomic bombing, Hersey related their stories in dispassionate prose, setting a vivid scene as he did. 77 The narrative follows six survivors – two doctors, two churchmen, a clerical worker, and a housewife selected by Hersey primarily for being ‘good interview subjects’78 – from the moment of the blast into the days and months of the early recovery period. Dr Fujii was enjoying a peaceful morning on the deck of his private hospital; Dr Sasaki walked along a hospital corridor, and Father Kleinsorge read the paper as he reclined in his underwear when the bomb struck.
38 Massive race riots erupted in Harlem, Detroit, and Los Angeles in 1943 when white locals resented the influx of black, Latino, and Asian war-workers into shipyards and factories. 39 In Los Angeles, thousands of white residents attacked and stripped young Mexican and Mexican American ‘zoot-suiters’ whose excessive, heavily draped clothing style was thought to mark them as subversive and even unpatriotic in their flouting of fabric-rationing policies then in place. Likewise, it was primarily the lobbying efforts and forthright reporting of NAACP executive secretary, Walter White, that inspired Truman to desegregate United States armed forces.
People turned towards physicists (who developed the atom bomb), chemists (who developed a wide spectrum of synthetic materials useful during the war with just as much promise for the postwar marketplace), and technologists of all kinds for information and wisdom, for the keys to the American future. While some researchers in the post-war era continued to comply with military demands, others took the opportunity to speak against nuclear arms build-up, to establish a civilian oversight committee that became known as the Atomic Energy Commission, and to push for the information sharing that would internationalise atomic technology.