Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Of War and MenWorld War II in the Lives of Fathers and Their Families$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ralph LaRossa

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226467429

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226470023.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 20 September 2021

Picture Imperfect

Picture Imperfect

(p.153) Ten Picture Imperfect
Of War and Men
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the impact of the television comedy Leave It to Beaver on the children of war veterans in the U.S. It suggests that the “Beaver's Hero” particularly struck a cord with veterans' families because 15 years after the war what fathers had done in the war remained a salient issue. This chapter also discusses commentaries that the show veritably defined television in the 1950s and became synonymous with ideas about family life during that period.

Keywords:   Leave It to Beaver, television comedy, war veterans, U.S., fathers, family life

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.