American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt

American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt

John Beckman


Here is an lively and fantastically attractive paintings of cultural historical past that lays out America’s unruly earlier by means of describing the ways that slicing unfastened has continually been, and nonetheless is, a necessary a part of what it capability to be an American.
 
From the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, american citizens have defied their stodgy principles and hierarchies with pranks, dances, stunts, and wild events, shaping the nationwide personality in profound and lasting methods. within the nation’s prior eras, revelers flouted Puritans, Patriots pranked Redcoats, slaves lampooned masters, and forty-niners bucked the saddles of an more and more uptight center category. within the 20th century, fun-loving americans celebrated this historical past and driven it even additional: flappers “barney-mugged” in “petting pantries,” Yippies showered the hot York inventory trade with buck accounts, and B-boys invented hip-hop in a warfare sector within the Bronx.
 
This is the outstanding and revelatory historical past that John Beckman recounts in American Fun. Tying jointly pleasing tales of american citizens’ “pursuit of happiness”—and distinguishing among actual, dicy enjoyable and the tasteless amusements that cleared the path for Hollywood, Disneyland, and Xbox—Beckman redefines American tradition with a pleasant and provocative thesis.
 
(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)

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