By John Beckman
Here is an lively and beautifully attractive paintings of cultural historical past that lays out America’s unruly prior via describing the ways that slicing free has continuously been, and nonetheless is, an important a part of what it skill to be an American.
From the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, american citizens have defied their stodgy ideas and hierarchies with pranks, dances, stunts, and wild events, shaping the nationwide personality in profound and lasting methods. within the nation’s past eras, revelers flouted Puritans, Patriots pranked Redcoats, slaves lampooned masters, and forty-niners bucked the saddles of an more and more uptight heart category. within the 20th century, fun-loving americans celebrated this background and driven it even extra: flappers “barney-mugged” in “petting pantries,” Yippies showered the hot York inventory trade with buck debts, and B-boys invented hip-hop in a conflict quarter within the Bronx.
This is the miraculous and revelatory historical past that John Beckman recounts in American Fun. Tying jointly pleasing tales of usa citizens’ “pursuit of happiness”—and distinguishing among genuine, dicy enjoyable and the tasteless amusements that lead the way for Hollywood, Disneyland, and Xbox—Beckman redefines American tradition with a pleasant and provocative thesis.
(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)