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Revel with a Cause: Liberal Satire in Postwar America

Stephen E. Kercher

Abstract

We live in a time much like the postwar era. A time of arch political conservatism and vast social conformity. A time in which our nation's leaders question and challenge the patriotism of those who oppose their policies. But before there was Jon Stewart, Al Franken, or Bill Maher, there were Mort Sahl, Stan Freberg, and Lenny Bruce—liberal satirists who, through their wry and scabrous comedic routines, waged war against the political ironies, contradictions, and hypocrisies of their times. This book is their story. It provides a comprehensive look at the satiric humor that flourished in the U ... More

Keywords: postwar era, political conservatism, social conformity, patriotism, liberal satirists, comedy, political ironies, contradictions, hypocrisies, satire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226431642
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226431659.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen E. Kercher, author