By Ichiro Takayoshi
Ichiro Takayoshi's booklet argues that international conflict II reworked American literary tradition. From the mid-1930s to the yank access into global struggle II in 1941, preeminent figures from Ernest Hemingway to Reinhold Neibuhr answered to the flip of the public's curiosity from the industrial melancholy at domestic to the risk of totalitarian platforms overseas via generating novels, brief tales, performs, poems, and cultural feedback during which they prophesied the arriving of a moment international struggle and explored how the USA might organize for it. the diversity of competing solutions provided a wealthy legacy of idioms, symbols, and traditional arguments that was once destined to license America's merchandising of its values and pursuits all over the world for the remainder of the 20th century. formidable in scope and addressing a tremendous diversity of writers, thinkers, and artists, this e-book is the 1st to set up the outlines of yankee tradition in this pivotal interval.
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A third brother, Paul, died in the Great War, but his widow, Sara Garrison, manages the Garrisons’ mansion. The family business is suﬀering as orders are cancelled due to war. Robert’s liberal and paciﬁst newspaper also teeters on the brink of insolvency. The family thus has to decide whether to sell their mansion to the Italian government to save the factory and the newspaper. Into this ﬁnancial crisis created by the new world war and American neutrality steps James Clevenger, a newspaper magnate and Sara’s admirer in her youth.
27 The Communists were systematically removed from ballots during the 1940 elections. Both at federal and state levels, statutes restricting freedom of speech ﬂew onto the books. In sixteen states, it was now a crime to express opposition to war. 28 The Sedition Act was repealed in 1920, but now it was back, as a clause buried deep in the innocuous-sounding Alien Registration Act of 1940 (the ﬁrst peacetime sedition act in the nation’s history). Andrew Long is Trumbo’s victim of the prewar mass hysteria.
31 Less complicated correspondents like Dorothy Thompson would have blurted out that “Americans should not travel all the time, blindly and cheerfully,” and that it is not “wise” but cowardly to shield oneself behind one’s American passport. But Mary cannot say what she means, or cannot think what she wants to think, because she cannot stand the idea that her sincere thoughts change nothing about America’s relation to a stricken ﬁeld that was Europe. Therefore, she chooses to assume the voice of the cheerfully blind isolationist American, a choice that gives her a soupçon of consolation in her superior awareness of irony.