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America's ace cowboy -- Country-Western hybrid music -- Musical-Western hybrid film -- New Deal, new West -- The second New Deal -- The Good neighbor policy -- Western Hemisphere idea -- Youth's model, 1940 -- Sergeant Gene Autry -- New Deal cowboy
"Examines Gene Autry's use of recordings, personal appearances, rodeo, radio, film, and television to create a major entertainment personality and public diplomat. Autry utilized his persona to publicly support Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and foreign policy initiatives leading up to World War II. Duchemin shows the connections between popular culture, political policy, and public diplomacy that emerged in the 1930s"--Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-304) and index