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The Resource Looking for Miss America : a pageant's 100-year quest to define womanhood, Margot Mifflin

Looking for Miss America : a pageant's 100-year quest to define womanhood, Margot Mifflin

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Looking for Miss America : a pageant's 100-year quest to define womanhood
Title
Looking for Miss America
Title remainder
a pageant's 100-year quest to define womanhood
Statement of responsibility
Margot Mifflin
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Looking for Miss America is a fast-paced narrative history of the Miss America pageant from its start as a shocking east coast bathing-beauty revue in 1921 to its recent rebirth as a swimsuit-free "scholarship competition." It introduces the dreamers and dissidents, hustlers and heroines who won; the celebrities, including Norman Rockwell, Joan Crawford, and Rod McKuen, who judged; and the masterminds behind it, like director Lenora Slaughter, who "picked the pageant up by its bathing suit straps and put it down in an evening gown" in the 1930s, transforming it from a seaside skin show into a national institution. Approaching its 100th anniversary, the pageant has survived scandal, protests, mockery, and the mutiny of a queen who got cold feet and skipped town the night she won. One winner called Miss America "the kind of girl who would go into a bar and order orange juice in a loud voice"; another claimed "she's not a real person. She's something that happens every year." Looking for Miss America breaks down the blend of capitalism, patriotism, class anxiety and cultural mythology that has fueled the pageant, the racial biases it has perpetuated, and the social mobility it has enabled."--
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LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mifflin, Margot
Dewey number
791.6/6
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
HQ1220.U5
LC item number
M44 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Miss America Pageant
  • Miss America Pageant
  • Beauty contests
  • Beauty contests
  • United States
Label
Looking for Miss America : a pageant's 100-year quest to define womanhood, Margot Mifflin
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. American beauties -- Bathing beauties -- Dreamers -- Seekers -- Achievers -- Resisters -- Trailblazers -- Iconoclasts -- Believers -- Survivors
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First hardcover edition.
Extent
310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781640092235
Lccn
2019053730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)on1139148257
Label
Looking for Miss America : a pageant's 100-year quest to define womanhood, Margot Mifflin
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. American beauties -- Bathing beauties -- Dreamers -- Seekers -- Achievers -- Resisters -- Trailblazers -- Iconoclasts -- Believers -- Survivors
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First hardcover edition.
Extent
310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781640092235
Lccn
2019053730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)on1139148257

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