Dreams and Realities: White Manhood and Masculinity in Postwar America, 1945–1965

Lecture Description

The shaping impact of the Great Depression and World War II made a generation of white men less inclined toward risk and more inclined toward security than any generation of white men in the nation’s history. This lecture will show the ways in which the inclination toward security (and away from risk) molded public and private lives of white men. “The greatest generation” or historic purveyors of racism, sexism, homophobia, and imperialism… or both (or neither)? This lecture will sort out realities behind the popular images.


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