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There She Is: A History of Miss America

accompanies a film that tracks the contest from its inception in 1921 as an exuberant local seaside pageant. The website includes a transcript of the film and learning activities related to history, geography, economics, culture, and civics. The film offers insights into various topics in American history -- the Jazz Age, the Depression, World War II, the Baby Boom, feminist and civil rights activism of the 1960s, the women's liberation movement, and others. (WGBH, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

In 1854, P.T. Barnum's efforts to launch a live beauty contest were unsuccessful. Respectable women did not parade their beauty in public. He launched a picture-based beauty contest sponsored by local newspapers. It was highly successful and imitated.
During the 1940s war boosters cheered Miss War Worker of Toronto, who strutted her stuff dressed in factory clothes.


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