Patriotism, xenophobia, and World War I -- The musicals of the roaring twenties -- Coping with Depression -- World War II and the Rodgers and Hammerstein years -- From isolationism to idealism in the Cold War years -- Black and Jewish musicals since the 1960s -- Issue-driven musicals of the turbulent years -- Fragmented society, fragmented musicals -- "A recycled culture," nostalgia, and spectacle -- New voices, new perspectives
"The American century" -- Before the revolutions -- The challenge of power -- The inflation of moral possibilities -- The generational chasm -- Affluence -- From isolation to international hegemonic power -- The rise of the military in American society -- The reorganization of American business -- The revolution in racial relations -- The revolution in gender-based roles -- Revolution in sexual behavior -- The demise of privacy -- Liberalism: ascension and declension -- The liberal democratic coalition -- The failure syndrome -- The rise of the new left and the birth of neoconservatism -- Right-wing ascendancy -- The Reagan revolution -- "The new American century."
Chronology of 1960s American culture -- Introduction. Intellectual context -- 1. Music and performance -- 2. Film and television -- 3. Fiction and poetry -- 4. Art and photography -- 5. New social movements and creative dissent -- Conclusion. Sixties and its cultural legacy
Chronolgy of 1970s American culture -- Introduction: The intellectual context -- Fiction and poetry -- Television and drama -- Film and visual culture -- Popular music and style -- Public space and spectacle -- Conclusion: Rethinking the 1970s
Chronology of 1980s American Culture; Introduction The Intellectual Context; Chapter 1 Fiction and Poetry; Chapter 2 Art and Photography; Chapter 3 Film and Television; Chapter 4 Music and Performance; Chapter 5 American Culture and Globalization; Conclusion The Cultural Legacy of the 1980s
Chronology of 1990s American Culture -- Introduction The Intellectual Context -- Chapter 1 Fiction and Poetry -- Chapter 2 Music and Radio -- Chapter 3 Film and Television -- Chapter 4 Art and Architecture -- Chapter 5 Digital Culture -- Conclusion Towards a New Millennium