"It’s no accident that my first novel was called Americana. This was a private declaration of independence, a statement of my intention to use the whole picture, the whole culture. America was and is the immigrant's dream, and as the son of two immigrants I was attracted by the sense of possibility that had drawn my grandparents and parents." (From Conversations With Don Delillo)
Many kinds of material fall within the definition of Americana:The
things involved need not be old, but need to have the appropriate
associations. Each historical period of
2.1 Music 2.2 Films 2.3 Television 2.4 Cultural Icons
3 See also 4 References 5 External links
Apple pie, baseball, and the
From the mid through late 20th Century,
"It is the small town, the small city, that is our heritage. We have made twentieth-century America from it, and some account of these communities as they were ... we owe our children and grandchildren."
The nostalgia for this period was based on a remembrance of confidence in American life in this period that was due to such factors as a sense that the Frontier had been "conquered" with the US Census Bureau's declaration that it was "closed" in 1890, as well as the recent victory in the Spanish–American War. As Canby put it,
The zeitgeist of the idealized period is captured in the
Disneyland-style theme parks'
Main Street, U.S.A.
By the middle of the 1940s, three-quarters of the records produced in America went into jukeboxes.
Columbia, the personification of the United States Star-Spangled Banner Old Glory, The American Flag Liberty Baseball Apple pie Hot dog Chevrolet Harley-Davidson
"At the soul of every
U.S. Route 66 Hot rod Rock and roll Jukebox Classical Hollywood cinema Drive In Diner Coca-Cola Disney McDonald's Beat Generation Wild West Levi's blue jeans, especially Levi's 501s The Golden Age of Capitalism Industrial Revolution Gilded Age Detroit History - Henry Ford Great Depression White picket fences
Rock and Roll
Country and Western
It's a Wonderful Life The Wizard of Oz Gone with the Wind Easy Rider
Little House on the Prairie Happy Days M*A*S*H The Twilight Zone All in the Family Saturday Night Live The Tonight Show
George Washington Henry Ford Elvis Marilyn Monroe Mickey Mouse Andy Warhol Mark Twain
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^ Delillo, Don (January 13, 2005). Conversations with Don Delillo.
University Press of Mississippi. p. 88.
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