Live from Atlantic City: The History of the Miss America Pageant Before, After and in Spite of Television

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Popular Press, 1992 - Performing Arts - 150 pages
A great American institution; the bane of feminist ideology; a cornucopia of corn—few are neutral about the Miss America Pageant. Live from Atlantic City traces the pageant’s history from its birth as pseudo-event in 1920 through its emergence as American popular culture icon.
A. R. Riverol takes the reader to times and places where no television camera has focused. Drawing upon (and sometimes debating with) primary and secondary sources, the author paints a vivid picture of life in Atlantic City during pageant week—whether that week be in 1944 or 1984. More than just chronicling events, the author also presents two opposing perspectives on the pageant: the pageant as celebration and idealization of American womanhood and the pageant as sexist, exploitative anachronism.
 

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Contents

Preliminary Thoughts
1
The Frolicking 20s
12
The Dire Thirties
26
The War Years
34
Photographs
57
Relevancy Knocks and No One Answers
92
The Eighties The Scandals
103
Last Words
115
Index
146
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