Dresses, Diapers, Dinners, and Detritus: Material Culture and the Cold War

AHA Session 250
Saturday, January 7, 2017: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Room 502 (Colorado Convention Center, Meeting Room Level)
Stephen Randolph, U.S. Department of State
Stephen Randolph, U.S. Department of State

Session Abstract

While heavily studied from geopolitical and economic perspectives, the Cold War also was fought inside homes and families. During the Cold War material goods and culture became as important as nuclear weapons and military bases to advocates of U.S. Cold War policy. This panel seeks to explore relationships between the U.S. government and consumers at home and abroad through the material frameworks of food, fashion, and music, as well as through the commodification of children under international adoption programs, all part of the U.S. war against communism.
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