Introduction: "There She Is, Miss America" - Elwood Watson and Darcy Martin * Part One: History * Bathing Suits and Backlash: The First Miss America Pageants, 1921-1927 - Kimberly A. Hamlin * Miss America, Rosie the Riveter, and World War II - Mary Anne Schofield * Miss America, National Identity, and the Politics of Whiteness - Sara Banet-Weiser * Part Two: Gender, Race, and Identity * Beauty, Femininity, and Black Bodies: Challenging the Paradigms of Race in the Miss America Pageant - Valerie Felita Kinloch * Princess Literature and the Miss America Pageant - Iset Anuakan * Wiregrass Country Pageant Competitions, or What's Beauty Got to Do with It? - Jerrilyn McGregory * Part Three: Personal Reflections * I Was Miss Meridian 1985: Sorophobia, Kitsch, and Local Pageantry - Donelle Ruwe * My Miss Americas: Pedagogy and Pageantry in the Heartland - Mark Eaton * Waiting for Miss America - Gerald Early
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Elwood Watson is associate professor of history at East Tennessee State University. Darcy Martin teaches in the Women's Studies Department at East Tennessee State University.
"This book is a significant exploration of the dilemma of American women in our modern consumer culture between glamour as objectification and standardization and, conversely, as a means of self-expression. These essays edited by Elwood Watson and Darcy Martin encompass issues of gender, race, and nationality as manifested in the history of the Miss America pageant in an exciting manner to show the power of popular culture in the national consciousness." - Lois Banner, Professor of History and Gender Studies, University of Southern California "'There She Is, Miss America' is an insightful yet sobering examination of the identity politics surrounding the Miss America Pageant. It is essential reading for those interested in developing their understanding of issues of body, beauty, racial, and sexual identity." - Robin R. Means Coleman, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Pittsburgh, and author of Say It Loud!: African Americans, Media, and Identity