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Radio's America: The Great Depression and the Rise of Modern Mass Culture

Bruce Lenthall

Abstract

Orson Welles' greatest breakthrough into the popular consciousness occurred in 1938, three years before Citizen Kane, when his War of the Worlds radio broadcast succeeded so spectacularly that terrified listeners believed they were hearing a genuine report of an alien invasion—a landmark in the history of radio's powerful relationship with its audience. This book documents the enormous impact radio had on the lives of Depression-era Americans and charts the formative years of our modern mass culture. Many Americans became alienated from their government and economy in the twentieth century, an ... More

Keywords: Orson Welles, Citizen Kane, radio, alien invasion, Depression-era Americans, mass culture, government, economy, Charles Coughlin, John Brinkley

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226471914
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226471938.001.0001

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Bruce Lenthall, author

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