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The 1950s

During the 1950s, images of World War II continued to influence American culture even as Cold War concerns were now shaping the presentation of these images. Popular novels, picture books, and documentaries about the Second World War offered familiar narratives of American victory, heroism, and moral certitude, but began to present former Allied partners in new ways. In keeping with growing anti-Communist sentiment, Time-Life's famous 1950 volume, Life's Picture History of World War II, minimized China's wartime participation and carefully handled Russia's contributions. NBC's twenty-six-part television documentary, Victory at Sea, which aired two years later, paired archival film footage with a dramatic musical score by Richard Rodgers and narration to portray American naval operations as grand triumphs. Along with best-selling World War II novels like Leon Uris's Battle Cry, these 1950s depictions of the war reminded Americans of past heroic moments to help them...

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