Pop Culture Universe
Icons, Idols, Ideas (Academic)
September 2010, ABC-CLIO, ABC-CLIO Databases

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A recipient of the American Library Association’s prestigious Dartmouth medal, Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas applies an academic lens to U.S. history through the study of popular culture. Curated and created by historians, cultural critics, and award winning authors, this full library presents more than 4,200 primary sources and more than 3,700 reference articles, as well as 100 scholarly essays spanning each decade from the 1900s to today. The primary sources—including documents, photographs, video, and audio—give life to the names, moments, works, and trends that have shaped American pop culture, from the Gibson Girls of the early 20th century to the social media landscape of the 21st century.


"Pop Culture Universe is ... all about substance. From one perspective, it is an exceptionally clever way to repurpose existing reference content. More significantly, it also includes dozens of lengthy, original essays that are geared toward an academic audience and were written exclusively for this product. This feature makes for a resource that students and researchers of popular culture will happily explore at length." —Library Journal, October 15, 2011

"Entertaining and informative, social studies teachers will appreciate this database. . . . Recommended."—Library Media Connection, January 1, 2012
1900s: The Age of Innocence
• The 1900s
1930s: The Great Depression
• The 1930s
1960s: Swingin' Sixties
• The 1960s
1990s: The Information Age
• The 1990s
1910s: The Age of Opulence
• The 1910s
1940s: The War Years
• The 1940s
1970s: The Me Decade
• The 1970s
2000s: Networked Nation
• The 2000s
1920s: The Roaring Twenties
• The 1920s
1950s: Cold War and Conformity
• The 1950s
1980s: The Big Eighties
• The 1980s
2010s: Social Revolution
• The 2010s

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