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James Howard - The Culture of Affluence Looks at the Cold War

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A discussion of cartoons in The New Yorker that touched on Cold War themes, such as militarism, nuclear weapons, Communism, and the Soviet Union. This presentation was given on April 25, 2001, at the University of Maryland Undergraduate Research Day.

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James Howard - The Culture of Affluence Looks at the Cold War

  1. 1. James Howard -- April 25, 2001 1 The Culture of AffluenceThe Culture of Affluence Looks at the Cold WarLooks at the Cold War The cartoons of the New Yorker and Cold War issues and events: August 1945 – January 1963 James Howard
  2. 2. James Howard -- April 25, 2001 2 Introduction • Culture of Affluence • The New Yorker • Cartoons and comics
  3. 3. James Howard -- April 25, 2001 3 Cold War Themes • American Life • Soviet Life • American Military • American Politics
  4. 4. James Howard -- April 25, 2001 4 November 10, 1945 “But what on earth do you want to be a scientist for, Robert? Isn’t there enough trouble in the world already?”
  5. 5. James Howard -- April 25, 2001 5 December 8, 1945 “There wouldn’t be any danger of his smashing the atom with this, would there?”
  6. 6. James Howard -- April 25, 2001 6 October 9, 1949 “We asked ourselves how many places like this would be available if a war broke out, and when the owner gave us a decent price on it, we snapped it up.”
  7. 7. James Howard -- April 25, 2001 7 June 16, 1951 “We’d like something out of the radioactive zone but within television range.”
  8. 8. James Howard -- April 25, 2001 8 April 30, 1949 “But if we disband our Defend America Committee, won’t Russia take it as a sign of yielding?”
  9. 9. James Howard -- April 25, 2001 9 June 27, 1959 “No wonder they’re ahead of us. It says here that in the whole of Russia, there is not one single golf course.”
  10. 10. James Howard -- April 25, 2001 10 September 27, 1947 “I may be a little late tomorrow, Mrs. Searle. I’m having my loyalty checked.”
  11. 11. James Howard -- April 25, 2001 11 June 28, 1949 “We haven’t anything right now, but you might try us again in a week or so. There’s a rumor that the gentleman in 8-A may not pass his loyalty test.”
  12. 12. James Howard -- April 25, 2001 12 Conclusions • Many themes and topics • Culture of Affluence – Inconvenience of the Cold War

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