Popular culture

Deep background The origins of American popular culture can be traced back to a centuries’ old hybridization with deeply racist overtones made clearest in the minstrel show, and a socially constructed “frontier” consisting of pioneers, wild Indians, bad men, and two-fisted (or two-gun) heroes. The innovative center of modern American popular culture emerged, most significantly, […]

Shifting boundaries: religion and the. United States: i960 to the present

Religion in the United States currently takes on a very visible – and in ways puzzling and disturbing – role in public life. In 2004, George W. Bush was re-elected President of the United States with strong support from evangel­ical Christians. His God-and-country rhetoric and support for government funding of faith communities signaled a worrisome […]