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    From Introduction: “Romanticized in the paintings of Normal Rockwell and iconic Coca-Cola ads, the 1950s strike many today as a time when America was simpler and quaint. American nostalgia remembers the post-World War II “ideal” of the white, suburban, nuclear family. Yet, even as the culture of the suburbia came into maturity in the 1960s, the grounds for its collapse were already established. Women, confined to the home, were quickly losing sight of their purpose and of themselves. Men…

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    From Introduction: “For Americans, the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating and caused many to fear for the safety of themselves and their families. It must also cause American policymakers and statesmen to worry about the safety of the country in an increasingly chaotic post-pandemic world. COVID has shed light on the real threats to our nation: the spread of terrorism has become less important than the spread of infectious disease, while our relationship with China has worsened signi…

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    From Introduction: “The public constructs Taylor Swift as if she were an idea, not a person, according to her gender and her gender expression. These constructions are intertwined with her breakout into fame as “America’s sweetheart” and “ultimate good girl.” As she grew up in front of the public, she began to be attached to or associated with her most current boyfriend, and as she dated more boys and men, the construction of her as a “serial dater” developed and became almost constantly…

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    From Introduction: “How was the CIA able to execute an American mind-altering project involving hallucinogenic drugs, administered to U.S. citizens, that affected human psychological and social behavior under a cloak of secrecy for decades? The American people discovered information regarding the CIA’s mind-control program titled MKUltra two decades after its execution. Followed by the release of confidential information by a Freedom of Information Act request, the American people were t…

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    From Introduction: “After their beginnings in the late 1950s, the English band the Beatles came of age during the 1960s, a decade when psychedelic frenzy, Cold War paranoia, and anti-establishment sentiment had ripened American consciousness enough for unbelievable conspiracy theories to take hold (1). These came to include a rumor that Paul McCartney, one of the four Beatles, had died in a car accident and been replaced by a lookalike on November 9, 1966. In 2009, Time magazine included…

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    From Introduction: “In early-to-mid 19th century America, slave plantation labor was prevalent in the South, while wage labor centered around cities and factories was becoming more common in the North. Robert William Fogel, in his chapter “American Slavery: A flexible, highly developed form of capitalism,” refutes the common conception that the antebellum South had outdated economic and social systems, and instead argues that American slavery was a highly modernized system of capitalism …

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    From Introduction: “When sharing his vision for America in the 20th century in “The American Century,” publishing magnate Henry Luce argued, “Blindly, unintentionally, accidentally, and really in spite of ourselves, we are already a world power in all the trivial ways – in very human ways” (1). Luce believed that the international dominance of American culture, from movies and music to language and material goods, gave the nation power that was both economically and symbolically importan…

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    From Introduction: “In the summer of 2019, a billboard loomed over Memphis, Tennessee with a simple message: “Birds Aren’t Real.” A representative of the eponymous organization, appearing on local news, maintained that leaders in the U.S. government had slaughtered all birds and replaced them with surveillance drones beginning in the 1950s. Across the country, Birds Aren’t Real (BAR) stickers, shirts, and hats have spread like wildfire among college students. What can the popularity of s…

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    Peyton Nielsen
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    From Introduction: “American author Robert Coover’s “The Babysitter” has fallen victim to the assumption of a fantasy piece since the 1969 publication of his short story collection Pricksongs & Descants. The short story bounces between narratives displaying intense metapsychosis and simultaneously tells the jumbled yet distinct tale of a connected array of people. The complex plotlines varyingly cross, stay completely unconnected, and at times contradict each other, walking the fine …

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    From Introduction: “The past eight years have seen racial justice come to the forefront of the American social discussion, especially with the Black Lives Matter movement. Since Kaepernick’s resistance in 2016, racial awareness for equality and the Black Lives Matter movement has increased in the sports world. Most notably, this past summer, the police killing of George Floyd provoked the NFL to finally make a public stand against racism through its “It Takes All of Us” campaign. Data re…

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