John F. Kasson

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John Kasson, History, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel.Professor Emeritus of History and American Studies

Hamilton Hall
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599



AB Harvard University, 1966
PhD Yale University, 1971

Research Interests

John Kasson is a cultural historian, a field that encompasses a rich variety of materials, both “high” and “low,” as well as disciplines ranging from literature and the visual arts to psychology and anthropology. His research has been persistently concerned with the rich variety of American cultural expression in a dynamic society. Several books have emerged from this work. Professor Kasson’s forthcoming book continues the investigations of the origins of modern commercial culture and its attendant new structures of feeling. Forthcoming by W. W. Norton in 2014, The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America, tells the story of Shirley Temple’s career as America’s most adored—and commercialized—child during a pivotal decade in American history.

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