Happy days and wonder years : the fifties and the sixties in contemporary cultural politics

Marcus, Daniel, 1958-

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  • Creator Daniel Marcus
  • Format Books
  • Publication New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2004] ©2004
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource
  • ISBNs 9780813542508, 0813542502, 0813533902, 9780813533902, 0813533910, 9780813533919
  • OCLC ocn733997223


  • In the twenty-first century, why do we keep talking about the Fifties and the Sixties? The stark contrast between these decades, their concurrence with the childhood and youth of the baby boomers, and the emergence of television and rock and roll help to explain their symbolic power. In Happy Days and Wonder Years, Daniel Marcus reveals how interpretations of these decades have figured in the cultural politics of the United States since 1970. From Ronald Reagan's image as a Fifties Cold Warrior to Bill Clinton's fandom for Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy, politicians have invoked the.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter 1: The Fifties in the 1970s: Representations in a Cultural Revival; Chapter 2: The Conservative Uses of Nostalgia; Chapter 3: Nostalgia Embodied: Ronald Reagan as Icon; Chapter 4: Popular Culture and the Response to Conservative Nostalgia; Chapter 5: Contests and Contestations: The Sixties Legacy during the Decline of Reagan; Chapter 6: The Reinflection of the Past: The Presidential Election of 1992; Chapter 7: Elvis Has Left the Building: The Resurgence of the Right; Conclusion; Notes; Index; About the Author
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