By Peter N. Stearns

Cool. the concept that has pretty American features and it permeates virtually each point of latest American tradition. From Kool cigarettes and the Peanuts cartoon's Joe Cool to West part Story (Keep cool, boy.) and concrete slang (Be cool. sit back out.), the assumption of cool, in its many manifestations, has seized a important position in our vocabulary.

Where did this preoccupation with cool come from? How was once Victorian tradition, possible so ensconced, changed with the present emotional establishment? From whence got here American Cool?

These are the questions Peter Stearns seeks to reply to during this well timed and interesting volume.

American Cool focuses generally at the transition a long time, from the erosion of Victorianism within the Nineteen Twenties to the solidification of a funky tradition within the Sixties. past describing the features of the recent instructions and the way they altered or amended previous criteria, the publication seeks to provide an explanation for why the swap occured. It then assesses a few of the results and longer-range results of this transformation.

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