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Miss America
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More about the film Miss America

%Tracking the country's oldest beauty contest -- from its inception in 1921 as a local seaside pageant to its heyday as one of the country's most popular events -- Miss America paints a vivid picture of an institution that has come to reveal much about a changing nation. The pageant is about commercialism and sexual politics, about big business and small towns. But beyond the symbolism lies a human story -- at once moving, inspiring, infuriating, funny and poignant. Using intimate interviews with former contestants, behind-the-scenes footage, and photographs, the film reveals how the pageant became a battleground and a barometer for the changing position of women in society.

Film Description
A synopsis of the film, plus film credits.

Transcript
The program transcript.

Primary Sources
Read the fine print in this 1948 pageant contract.

Further Reading
A list of books, articles, and Web sites relating to the program topic.

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