Major Problems in American History Since 1945

ISBN-10: 0618550062
ISBN-13: 9780618550067
Edition: 3rd 2007
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Description: Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the Major Problems series introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays on important topics in U.S. history. This reader serves as the primary anthology for the introductory  More...

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List price: $133.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 10/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the Major Problems series introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays on important topics in U.S. history. This reader serves as the primary anthology for the introductory survey course, covering the subject's entire chronological span. Comprehensive topical coverage includes the Cold War, the cultural and political movements of the 60s, the return of conservatism, life in the new information age, and race and ethnicity. In the Third Edition, greater emphasis is placed on social and cultural history, and a new chapter focuses on 9/11, the war on terror, and the war in Iraq. Key pedagogical elements of the Major Problems format have been retained: 14–15 chapters per volume, chapter introductions, headnotes, and suggested readings. New!A new chapter on democracy and civic life in the age of information considers the roles of media, cyberspace, and spin in the American political landscape from the 90s to the present. New!Coverage of race and ethnicity over the past ten years is highlighted in a new chapter. New!A new chapter on the economy of the 1990s examines shifting markets and socioeconomic groups, as well as the effects of technology on business during the economic boom at the end of the twentieth century.

Robert Griffith, Professor of History at American University, received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A specialist of the history of the United States since 1945, he is the author of The Politics of Fear: Joseph R. McCarthy and the Senate (1970).

Natasha Zaretsky is an Associate Professor of History at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She earned her Ph.D. from Brown University. Her book, No Direction Home: the American Family and the Fear of National Decline, 1968-1980 (University of North Carolina Press, 2007), explores the place of the family in debates about American national decline, 1968-1980. Her articles and essays have appeared in The World the Sixties Made: Politics and Culture in Recent America (Temple University Press, 2003), Race, Nation, and Empire in American History (University of North Carolina Press, 2007), Diplomatic History, and The New Republic. She is currently writing a cultural history of the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island. Zaretsky teaches courses in modern American history, research and writing, gender and family, and an introductory course in American Studies. In 2009, the History News Network named her a top young historian.Paula Baker is an associate professor of history at Ohio State University. She received her PhD from Rutgers University. Dr. Baker is the author of The Moral Frameworks of Public Life (1991) and numerous essays on political history, women's history, and the social sciences.

Preface
The Origins of Postwar America
Essays
The Origins of the Postwar International System
The Legacies of World War II
The Puzzle of Postwar Politics
Further Reading
The Origins of the Cold War
Documents
President Harry S Truman Discusses the Atom Bomb at Potsdam, July 194
George F. Kennan's "Long Telegram," 1946
Secretary of Commerce Henry A. Wallace Urges a Conciliatory Approach, July 1946
Soviet Ambassador Nikolai Novikov Reports on the U.S. Drive for World Supremacy, September 1946
The Truman Doctrine, March 1947
Senator Joseph McCarthy Charges the Democrats Are "Soft on Communism," 1950
The President's Advisers Urge Military Expansion (NSC-68), April 1950
Essays
President Harry S Truman and the Origins of the Cold War
Two Cold War Empires
Further Reading
The Consumer's Republic: The 1950s and the Emergence of a New Economy of Mass Consumption
Documents
U.S. Business Celebrates the "Miracle of America," 1948
A Report on the Baby Boom, 1954
Newsweek Decries the Problem of Dangerous Teens, 1955
Life Magazine Identifies the New Teen-age Market, 1959
U.S. News and World Report Assesses the Perils of Mass Culture and the Evils of Television, 1955
Vance Packard Warns Against the "Hidden Persuaders," 1957
Essays
Visions of Classlessness
Making the American Girl
Further Reading
John F. Kennedy, the Cuban Revolution, and the Cold War
Documents
Fidel Castro Denounces U.S. Policy Toward Cuba, 1960
President John F. Kennedy Calls for an Alliance for Progress, 1961
A Board of Inquiry Reports on the Bay of Pigs, 1961
A Senate Committee Investigates U.S. Plots to Assassinate Castro, 1960-1965 (1975)
President Kennedy and His Advisers Debate Options in the Missile Crisis, October 16, 1962
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Appeals to President Kennedy, October 26, 1962
Soviet Ambassador Anatoly I. Dobrynin Reports on His Meeting with Robert Kennedy, October 28, 1962
Essays
Spinning Out of Control: Kennedy's War Against Cuba and the Missile Crisis
Aftermath
Further Reading
The African American Struggle for Equality
Documents
The New York Times Reports a Murder in Georgia, 1946
African American Parents Petition the Clarendon, S.C., School Board, 1949
A South African Novelist Examines the Plight of "The Negro in the North," 1954
Franklin McCain Remembers the First Sit-in, 1960
Martin Luther King Jr., "I Have a Dream," 1963
Stokely Carmichael Explains "Black Power," 1967
A Senate Committee Reports on the FBI's Campaign Against Martin Luther King, 1963-1968 (1976)
Police and Fire Department Logs Record an Urban Riot, 1967
Essays
The View from the Trenches
The Continuing Racial Crisis
Further Reading
The Great Society and the Politics of Liberal Reform
Documents
President Lyndon B. Johnson Declares War on Poverty, 1964
Congress Strikes Down Segregation in Public Accommodations: The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title II (1964)
Ronald Reagan Warns of the Dangers of the Welfare State, 1964
Two White House Aides Report the Achievements of the Great Society, 1966
A Conservative Strategist Hails an "Emerging Republican Majority," 1969
Earth Day, 1970
Essays
The Rise of "Rights Consciousness"
Suburban Politics and the Limits of the Great Society
Further Reading
The New Radicalism: Politics and Culture in the 1960s
Documents
Students for a Democratic Society Issue the Port Huron Statement, 1962
Jerry Rubin Declares Himself a "Child of Amerika," 1970
Radicals Proclaim: "You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows," 1969
The FBI's Secret Campaign Against the New Left, 1968-1971 (1976)
Raymond Mungo Searches for a New Age at Total Loss Farm, 1970
A Polister Reports on "The Big Chill," 1974
Essays
The Contradictory Legacy of the Sixties
The Sixties and the Origins of "Postmodern" America
Further Reading
From the Feminine Mystique to "Second Wave" Feminism
Documents
Betty Friedan on "The Problem That Has No Name," 1963
Now Statement of Purpose, 1966
Redstockings Manifesto, 1970
Welfare Is a Women's Issue, 1972
A Redbook Magazine Reader Discovers Consciousness-Raising, 1973
The Supreme Court Rules on Abortion: Roe v. Wade, 1973
Equal Rights Amendment, 1972
Phyllis Schlafly Proclaims the Power of the Positive Woman, 1977
Essays
Women's Liberation and Sixties Radicalism
Women at Work
Further Reading
Vietnam and the Crisis of American Empire
Documents
The Vietnamese Declare Their Independence, 1945
President Dwight D. Eisenhower Explains the Domino Theory, 1954
Final Declaration of the Geneva Conference on Indochina, 1954
A South Vietnamese Peasant Explains Why He Joined the Vietcong, 1961 (1986)
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, 1964
President Lyndon Johnson's Advisers Debate Expanding the War, 1965
A "Tunnel Rat" Testifies About the My Lai Massacre, 1969
The Paris Accords, 1973
Essays
The Wages of War
Competing Memories
Further Reading
Ronald Reagan and the Transformation of America
Documents
President Jimmy Carter and the Crisis of the American Spirit, 1979
Presidential Candidate Ronald Reagan Calls for New Economic Policies, 1980
A New Right Activist Explains Conservative Success, 1980
President Ronald Reagan Proclaims America's "Spiritual Reawakening," 1983
A Congressional Committee Reports on "Irangate," 1987
An Environmentalist Attacks the Administration's Record, 1988
Surgeon General C. Everett Koop Recalls the Administration's Response to the AIDS Crisis, 1981-1988 (2001)
Essays
The Republicans Take Control
A Disputed Legacy
Further Reading
The Promises and Perils of a New Economy
Documents
"New Democrats" Hail the New Economy, 1998
A Federal Reserve Report Extols "Mass Customization," 1998
Money Magazine Asks of Wal-Mart, "How Big Can It Get?" 1999
A Critic Assails the Influence of Wal-Mart, 1999
A Columnist Decries "Outsourcing" in the New Global Economy, 2004
Americans for Democratic Action Reports Growing Poverty and Inequality, 2004
A Research Firm "Segments" the American Market, 2000
Essays
Working at Wal-Mart
The Fragmenting of America
Further Reading
E Pluribus Unum: Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World
Documents
Coming to America, 1900-2002
Proposition 187: Californians Seek to Close the Door to Undocumented Immigrants, 1994
Two Reporters Describe Los Angeles's Racial Tensions, 1995
Social Scientists Report on the "New Americans," 1997
An African American Novelist Decries "Race Talk," 1993
Richard Rodriguez Ponders What It Means to Be "Brown," 2002
Americans Express Support for Both Unity and Diversity, 2003
Essays
Race, Immigration and Nativism
Race, Nation, and the Global Economy
Further Reading
Politics and Political Culture in "Postmodern" America
Documents
Presidential Candidate Bill Clinton Promises a "New Covenant," 1992
"Gays in the Military" Prompts Mobilization of Conservatives, 1993
The Republican "Contract with America," 1994
President Bill Clinton Ends "Welfare as We Know It," 1996
Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's Indictment of President Bill Clinton, 1998
Who Voted for Whom in 2000: A Chart
A Columnist Reports on How the Nation's Agenda Is Set, 2000
Essays
Bill Clinton and the Postmodern Presidency
The Imperial Presidency Redivivus
Further Reading
New World Order
Documents
Presidential George H. W. Bush Announces a New World Order, 1990
One World: An American Diplomat Hails the Opportunities of a New Era, 1995
Osama Bin Laden Declares Jihad Against America, 1998
The New York Times Reports Last Words from the World Trade Center, 2001
President George W. Bush Announces a New National Security Strategy, 2002
Senator Robert C. Byrd Charges "The Emperor Has No Clothes," 2003
An Army Officer Ponders How America Is Losing Hearts and Minds in Iraq, 2004
Essays
Setting Right a Dangerous World
In the Wake of September 11
Further Reading

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