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Sin, Sex & Subversion : How What Was Taboo in 1950s New York Became America's New Normal (Hardcover)

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During the tumultuous 1950s in America, sex was as threatening to the nation’s moral order as communism. New York was the capital of the post–World War II world and the epicenter of a fierce culture war over music, theatre, movies, fashion, and literature, as well as birth control, homosexuality, adolescent sex, ******, and prostitution. Over the last half-century, America’s social lifeespecially notions of culture, sexuality, and politicshas fundamentally changed, and what were once sinful or subversive sexual practices have been integrated into the marketplace, irreversibly changing American moral values; the once illicit has become an industry of more than $50 billion.Drawing on first-person interviews, unpublished memoirs, newspaper accounts, contemporary studies, government documents, and recent scholarship,Sin, Sex & Subversion argues that deviant” sexuality was subversive, and that unique New York outsiders” of the 1950s set the stage for the following decades and the world we know today. In each chapter, author David Rosen examines a critical moral issue through an in-depth profile of figures such as Liberace, Samuel Roth, Bettie Page, the Rosenbergs, and others. Through these individuals, Rosen shows how those who operated outside the law or who challenged popular values, even if they were silenced in their time, ended up paving the way for a new normal.
Number of Pages: 422
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Author: David Rosen
Language: English
Street Date: February 23, 2016
TCIN: 50160783
UPC: 9781631440441
Item Number (DPCI): 248-03-1593
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