The Truth About Ozzie and Harriet: Images of Husbands, Wives, and Marriage in 1950s Media
The first chapter of this thesis sets up the foundation of the argument that often historians of 1950s culture and media argue against a preconceived notion of the image that 1950s media presented of marriage. It outlines the current historiography about 1950s media images and marriage, demonstrating that other historians have ultimately subscribed to the ideology that there was a single image of marriage in the media. The second chapter focuses on the images of marriage presented in popular television shows and discusses the limitations and censorship of medium itself. Chapter three discusses movies and the presentation of marriage in Hollywood feature films and the limitations of film as a medium because of the various levels of oversight present in the film industry. Similarly, the fourth chapter outlines images presented in popular magazines and discusses the regulations placed on various magazines by editors, sponsors, advertisers and the public itself. The fourth form of media, popular books, is the least regulated of all the media presented here and it often presented a wide array of images of marriage which is the focus of the fifth chapter. The final chapter ties together images that ar~ present in all forms of media and determines their importance in presenting 1950s America with multiple, sometimes conflicting images of marriage.
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