Please answer ONE of the following questions in a concise but well-developed essay that incorporates evidence from the assigned readings on Titanium, The Battle for Christmas, and lectures. YOU MUST USE THE BATTLE FOR CHRISTMAS. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC F. Remember, however, that this essay should not exclusively focus on Christmas. You can read from chapter 1-5 and then write the essay depending on the information you have from them.
You will be graded on how well you engage with the question and how clearly you explain your argument. There is no set “correct” answer to these questions. You have to look at the materials I have provided you with and create your own answer. These are very big questions that you could spend a lifetime answering. You should make an argument and choose two to four key examples from the lectures/readings to justify your point. The main point here is to encourage you to start connecting disparate forms of pop culture together so be sure to use material from multiple days.
YOU SHOULD USE ONLY THE SOURCES FROM THE BOOK.
For citations to written documents, please use the following format: (Nissenbaum, Page #). There is no need to cite materials from my lectures.
In the following question set, the first (in bold) question is the main one you must answer. The remaining questions are designed to help you answer the question in a logical manner. They should be addressed.
- How and why did conflicts over social class encourage the emergence of modern popular culture in the urban, industrializing north? How did the rise of cities and industrial capitalism create tensions over social class? How did those tensions shape the development of new forms of culture in the mid-19th century? How did popular culture attempt to use race to mediate class tensions? Ultimately, was popular culture effective at mediating the class conflicts of industrializing America?
- How did the tension between the vision of America as a “New Israel” and the vision of America as a “New Canaan” shape the development of popular culture in the nineteenth century? How and why did elite Americans try to use popular culture (including Christmas) to create a more orderly society? How and why did less powerful Americans use popular culture to resist elite efforts to control them? Was popular culture more effective as a means of control or resistance?
NOTE: NO PLAGIARISM, NO COPY PASTE FROM THE INTERNET, YOU HAVE TO READ THE BOOK AND WRITE THE ESSAY IN MLA FORMAT
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