Playing with history : American identities and children's consumer culture / Molly Rosner.

Author
Rosner, Molly, 1986- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, [2021]
Description
vii, 193 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm

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"Since the advent of the American toy industry, children's cultural products have attempted to teach and sell ideas of American identity. By examining cultural products geared towards teaching children American identity, Playing With History highlights the changes and constancies in depictions of the American story and ideals of citizenship over the last one hundred years. The book examines political and ideological messages sold to children throughout the twentieth century, tracing the messages conveyed by racist toy banks, early governmental interventions meant to protect the toy industry, infences and pressures surrounding Cold War stories of the western frontier, and the fractures visible in the American story at a mid-century history themed amusement park. This engaging analysis culminates in a look at the successes and limitations of the American Girl Company empire"-- Provided by publisher.
Notes
Revision of author's thesis (doctoral)--Rutgers University, 2017, titled Playing with history : American identities and children's consumer culture, 1917-2017.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Made in America : the rise of the American toy industry
  • Dolling up history : 1930's antique dolls and the Clark doll study
  • "Gosh, it's exciting to be an American" : the 'Orange' and Landmark books during the Cold War
  • Family fun for everyone? Freedomland, U.S.A., 1960-1964
  • Selling multicultural girlhood : the American Girl doll, 1986-present.
ISBN
  • 9781978822085 (hardcover)
  • 1978822081 (hardcover)
  • 9781978822078 (paperback)
  • 1978822073 (paperback)
LCCN
2020035572
OCLC
1193113008
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