How has Hollywood—as a place, an industry, a concept, and a myth—affected American culture as a whole? This book addresses this complex question.
By the 1920s, Hollywood was well established as a center of movie and entertainment production. In the nearly 100 years since, Hollywood hasn't just been a source of entertainment: it has served to transform our culture; mirrored society's interests, opinions, and concerns; and evolved our expectations of what life should be like—for better and for worse.
Hooray for Hollywood! A Cultural Encyclopedia of America's Dream Factory presents approximately 200 alphabetically arranged entries that examine exactly what Hollywood has meant to us. The entries cover such cultural topics as fashion, dance, and music; influential films, directors, and actors; as well as fascinating brief histories of logos or unusual facts about America's film industry. The entries also provide cross-references and include "Further Reading" sections that cite print and electronic resources appropriate for additional research. A selection of roughly 40 primary documents, each accompanied by an introductory headnote, gives students a first-hand look at the history of Hollywood and promotes critical thinking skills in support of Common Core State Standards.
- Presents hundreds of A–Z entries that discuss Hollywood as a place, industry, concept, and myth in American popular culture, within a historical context as well as from the modern perspective of our Internet-enabled, social media-driven society
- Supplies primary documents that present first-hand accounts of topics related to Hollywood
- Includes a timeline that highlights key events in Hollywood history