Oct. 29: Boston Seminar on Modern American Society & Culture -- Sesame Street and the Cultural Politics of the Spoken Word in the 1970s

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Sesame Street and the Cultural Politics of the Spoken Word in the 1970s

Author: Kathryn Ostrofsky, Freelance Historian
Comment: Victoria Cain, Northeastern University

Tuesday, Oct. 29
5:15 p.m.
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215

Sesame Street’s creators, audiences, and social activists all tried to use the popular television program as a tool to shape American society. The resulting discussions reveal that the sound of the spoken word played an important role in media representations of culture and community. People contested the messages conveyed by working-class accents, African American slang, and the Spanish language as they encouraged Sesame Street to embody Great Society liberalism or to engender a pluralistic society.

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