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Lecture 9

Political Science 2142A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Attack On Pearl Harbor, United States Office Of War Information


Department
Political Science
Course Code
Political Science 2142A/B
Professor
Alison Meek
Lecture
9

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LECTURE – AMERICA AT WAR, AGAIN
1937 – WAR BREAKS OUT IN ASIA – CHINESE AND JAPANESE
oamericans involved economically
SEPTEMBER 1ST 1939 – WAR IN EUROPE
US NEUTRALITY
oRoosevelt – tries to find every loophole to get around every neutrality act
set by Wilson
DECEMBER 7TH 1941 – ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOUR
oUnifying factor that brings America together
How does popular culture deal when the country goes to war?
oTHE ALL AMERICAN GIRLS PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL TEAM,
1943-54
When war breaks out, most professional players enlisted
P.K WRIGLEY
Creates league in 1943
o10 teams – went throughout Canada and the US to
scout players
500 women – professional players
how do women get away with playing a masculine sport in
an age of conservatism?
oCode of Conduct
“All American Girl” – not women
behaviour – had to behave like good girls
off the field – no player could be found
and caught drinking, smoking,
chaperoned dates, no scandals or else
you’re automatically fired
had to be “schooled”
charm school – taught how to do the
perfect makeup – subtle, couldn’t be too
scandalous
learn to deal with the press – how to
answer questions, young boys wanting
autographs, etc.
dress – played in relatively short skirts
with shorts – had to be taught how to
slide into a base respectively
ocouldn’t wear jeans off the field
LEAGUE’S SUCCESS – lasted until 1954 – after the war
oOFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION, 1942
WWI – CPI
Established weeks after Pearl Harbour

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Spearhead cultural mediums during the war – LESSONS
LEARNED
oDon’t target German Americans, target the Nazi
regime
Mandate –
Radio and movies
oRADIO – VERY POWERFUL
Training bases in the US – radio stations
began to send their reporters to bases in the
Summer of 1941 to begin to condition
Americans to war game exercises and
language
Programs from US army camps – dance bands
and quiz shows, Amos and Andy, etc.
Armed Forces Radio Services – broadcasting
to their soldiers based overseas, would get
news from home about politics, sports, etc.
MUSIC
CRUCIAL DURING WW2
Patriotic, danceable, integrated style of
music
oNew dances – Boogie Woogie,
Jitterbug
GLENN MILLER
oEnlisted in the army, 1942
oCreates the Army Air Force Band
– labelled a little too delicate and
old to fight
oMoves to England in 1943 to play
for the troops
oJUNE 1944 – D DAY
Celebrates the liberation of
France, wants to go and
have a series of Christmas
concerts in Paris
December 15th, 1944 –
flies ahead of band
PLANE MYSTERIOUSLY
DISAPPEARED
KAY KYSER
o“professor of Swing”
o“College of Musical Knowledge” –
radio program
quiz show
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