Radio Goes to War: The Cultural Politics of Propaganda during World War II

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University of California Press, 6 feb. 2002 - 232 sidor
Radio Goes to War is the first comprehensive and in-depth look at the role of domestic radio in the United States during the Second World War. As this study convincingly demonstrates, radio broadcasting played a crucial role both in government propaganda and within the context of the broader cultural and political transformations of wartime America. Gerd Horten's absorbing narrative argues that no medium merged entertainment, propaganda, and advertising more effectively than radio. As a result, America's wartime radio propaganda emphasized an increasingly corporate and privatized vision of America's future, with important repercussions for the war years and the postwar era. Examining radio news programs, government propaganda shows, advertising, soap operas, and comedy programs, Horten situates radio wartime propaganda in the key shift from a Depression-era resentment of big business to the consumer and corporate culture of the postwar period.
 

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Radio News Propaganda and Politics From the New Deal to World War II
13
Uneasy Persuasion Government Radio Propaganda 19411943
41
Closing Ranks Propaganda Politics and Domestic ForeignLanguage Radio
66
SELLING THE WAR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RADIO ENTERTAINMENT AND ADVERTISING
87
The Rewards of Wartime Radio Advertising
89
Radio Propaganda Must Be Painless The Comedians Go to War
116
Twenty Million Women Cant Be Wrong Wartime Soap Operas
147
The Privatization of America
177
Notes
185
Index
213
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Sida 14 - I shall ask the Congress for the one remaining instrument to meet the crisis — broad executive power to wage a war against the emergency as great as the power that would be given me if we were in fact invaded by a foreign foe.
Sida 18 - I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States about banking — with the comparatively few who understand the mechanics of banking but more particularly with the overwhelming majority who use banks for the making of deposits and the drawing of checks. I want to tell you what has been done in the last few days, why it was done, and what the next steps...
Sida 17 - It is to be hoped that radio stations, using valuable facilities loaned to them temporarily by the government, will not unwittingly be placed in an embarrassing position because of the greed or lack of patriotism on the part of a few unscrupulous advertisers."21 In another connection the same commissioner said that "It is the patriotic, if not the bounden and legal, duty...

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Gerd Horten is Associate Professor of American History at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.

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