“America is Safe While its Boys and Girls Believe in its Creeds!”: Captain America and American Identity Prior to World War 2

  title={“America is Safe While its Boys and Girls Believe in its Creeds!”: Captain America and American Identity Prior to World War 2},
  author={Jason Dittmer},
  journal={Environment and Planning D: Society and Space},
  pages={401 - 423}
  • J. Dittmer
  • Published 1 June 2007
  • Sociology
  • Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
In this paper I engage with the literature on nationalism and popular culture to discuss the role of Captain America Comics in the production of American national identity and national interest prior to World War 2. The character of Captain America is introduced as an example of a rescaling icon, or a bridge between collective identity and the individual. Additionally, the impact of the context in which the comic was produced is discussed as a force in the construction of American identity… 

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