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5. Masculine Heroes   

14. Becoming Visible

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Activities: Context Activities

Core Contexts
With Justice for All: From World War II to the Civil Rights Movement
From James Fenimore Cooper to Ernest Hemingway, American heroes have often been defined by their ability to defeat in battle those things and people considered "anti-American." During World War II, many non-European and non-Christian Americans displayed their patrio-tism by enlisting in the armed forces. Not only was their enlisting a way to gain-or publicly display-citizenship, but it was also a way of... Go

Suburban Dreams: Levittown, New York
Levittown, New York, is an enormous middle-income housing development built during the late 1940s and early 1950s; it epitomizes the architecturally homogeneous towns and subdivisions that popped up across the United States during the Truman and Eisenhower years. When William Levitt began erecting low-cost Cape Cod houses on potato fields east of New York City in 1946, his planned community had... Go

Living with the Atomic Bomb: Native Americans and the Postwar Uranium Boom and Nuclear Reactions
The Cold War arms race between the Soviet Union and the United States created a new U.S. need for uranium to be used in the production of nuclear weapons. The Four Corners area of the Southwest, including Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado, is rich in ura-nium, much of it on Navajo lands. Struggling economically after World War II, the Navajo people welcomed the jobs created by a new emphasis on uranium... Go

Extended Contexts
Jazz Aesthetics
Though twenty-first-century American youth may associate jazz with "easy listening," it is important to consider jazz's revolutionary influence on the literature and aesthetics of the 1950s and 1960s. For American writers of this era, jazz referred not only to a musical style but also to a style of dance, literature, dress, and art. Jazz's rebellion... Go

Baseball: An American Pastime
When Alexander Cartwright, founder of the New York Knickerbockers team, published rules for his baseball team in 1845, a new national pastime was born. The game of baseball gained popularity throughout the rest of the nineteenth century and was featured in Mark Twain's 1889 novel, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court... Go

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