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American Paradox A History of the United States since 1945

ISBN-10: 0618660860
ISBN-13: 9780618660865
Edition: 2nd 2007
Authors: Steven M. Gillon
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Description: This narrative text for courses in recent American history emphasizes political participation and popular culture. Its main theme is the relationship of Americans to their governmentfor example, how Americans as a people remain skeptical of big  More...

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List price: $141.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 7/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

This narrative text for courses in recent American history emphasizes political participation and popular culture. Its main theme is the relationship of Americans to their governmentfor example, how Americans as a people remain skeptical of big government even as they expect it to facilitate large programs such as Social Security. The Second Edition features a range of content enhancements, including increased coverage of events from 1970 to the present. In addition to the author's vivid, accessible writing style, the text maintains its focus on the tension between popular culture and social realities, the dynamics of minority groups and their place in American society, and the ambivalent feelings of many Americans concerning the U.S.'s role in the world during the postwar period. New!Coverage of the 1960s has been reorganized to include separate chapters on the Great Society and Vietnam. These new chapters bring clarity to a chaotic decade. New!The author has included more coverage of womenparticularly their role in the rise of the New Left and in the development of Feminismand more information about U.S. involvement in the Middle East as a foundation for understanding the war on terrorism. New!Each chapter contains up to three primary sources. New documents include excerpts from Betty Friedan'sThe Feminine Mystique;Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Montgomery bus boycott speech; and excerpts from the 9/11 Commission's final report. Unlike most postwar American history books that tend to emphasize the 50s and 60s,The American Paradoxincludes extensive coverage of the 1960s to the present.

Steven M. Gillon is author of Politics and Vision: The ADA and American Liberalism, 1947-85.

Note: Each chapter concludes with Selected Readings
Introduction: The American Paradox, 19452002
The Specter of Appeasement: The Cold War, 19451949
Roots of the Cold War
Harry Truman Takes Charge
The Fall of the Iron Curtain Containing Communism: The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan Mounting Tensions, Precarious Solutions
Debating Containment PRIMARY SOURCES George Kennan, The Sources of Soviet Conduct Henry Wallace, The Last Chance for Peace Harry Truman, The Truman Doctrine
In the Shadow of FDR From War to Peace
The Rise of Harry Truman
Truman and the Divided Democrats
The 1948 Election Trying for a Fair Deal
The Vital Center PRIMARY SOURCES Harry Truman, Acceptance Speech, 1948
The Cold War Heats Up The Cold War in Asia
The Korean War: From Invasion to Stalemate Truman-MacArthur and the Trials of Containment Consequences of Korea
The Politics of Fear Cold War Popular Culture Joseph McCarthy PRIMARY SOURCES National Security Council, NSC-68 Joseph McCarthy, Final, All-Out Battle Margaret Chase Smith, Declaration of Conscience
The Consumer Society, 19451960
The Baby Boom and the Rise of Mass Consumption
The Rise of the Suburbs
The Changing World of Work
Shaping National Culture: The Shared Images of Television
The Car Culture Teenagers and the Rise of Rock and Roll Mass Culture and Its Critics PRIMARY SOURCES Billy Graham, America's Greatest Sin Life, The New Teen Market U.S. News and World Report, Perils of Mass Culture
The Politics of Moderation, 19511960
The Election of 1952 Dynamic Conservatism at Home Taking on McCarthy
The 1956 Presidential Campaign The "New Look" Abroad Rhetoric and Reality of Liberation
The Threat of Third-World Nationalism Eisenhower and Vietnam PRIMARY SOURCES Richard Nixon, The Checkers Speech Dwight Eisenhower to Swede Hazlett, 1954 Dwight Eisenhower, The Domino Theory
American Ideals and Social Realities, 19521960
Intellectuals and the Celebration of Consensus
The New Poverty Women During the 1950s
The Struggle for Black Equality The Montgomery Bus Boycott Civic Nationalism/ Cultural Pluralism
The Quest for National Purpose, 19571960
Political and Economic Uncertainties Kennedy and the 1960
Presidential Election PRIMARY SOURCES Brown v. Board of Education The Southern Manifesto, 1956 How to respond to a Nuclear Attack, 1950
The Kennedy Presidency, 19611963
JFK and the New Frontier JFK and Civil Rights From Birmingham to Montgomery
New Frontiers Abroad The Bay of Pigs Kennedy and Khrushchev
The Cuban Missile Crisis JFK and Vietnam
The Life of Kennedy's Death PRIMARY SOURCES SNCC Statement of Purpose, 1960 Diem to JFK, 1961; JFK to Diem, 1961
Lyndon Johnson's Ordeal: The Great Society and Vietnam, 19641968
Lyndon Johnson Takes Charge The War on Poverty
The 1964 Election The Great Society Johnson and Civil Rights
The Reforms of the Warren Court Vietnam: The Decision to Escalate America's War
The Solider's War PRIMARY SOURCES Barry Goldwater, Acceptance Speech, 1964 The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, 1964 George Ball, Memorandum for the President
Challenging the Consensus, 19601969
The Youth Culture The New Left and the Anti-War Movement
The New Conservatives
The Watts Rebellion King in Chicago Black Power/ White Backlash Tet and the Anguish of Lyndon Johnson Kennedy and King The 1968 Democratic Convention
The Center Holds: The Election of 1968 PRIMARY SOURCES SDS, Port Huron Statement Mario Savio, Sproul Hall Steps YAF, The Sharon Statement Malcolm X, The Black Revolution
Richard Nixon and the New Republican Majority, 19691974
The Rise of the Middle Americans
The Rise of Richard Nixon Vietnam: The War at Home and Abroad Mobilizing the "Silent Majority"
The Cambodian Incursion Peace with Honor? Nixon, Kissinger, and the World
The Limits of Realism Playing the Race Card
The 1972 Presidential Campaign Watergate and the Downfall of Richard Nixon PRIMARY SOURCES Richard Nixon, The Silent Majority The Smoking Gun
The Clash of Cultures, 19701980
The Me Decade The Flowering of 60s Culture African Americans: Progress and Poverty
The New Cultural Pluralism
The Modern Gay-Rights Movement
The Women's Movement Saving the Environment
The Conservative Response Cultural Crosscurrents
The Battle over the Equal Rights Amendment Busing Anita Bryant and the Struggle for Gay Rights PRIMARY SOURCES Ceacute;sar Chaacute;vez, The Grape Boycott A Radical Manifesto, 1969 Phyllis Schlafly, The Power of the Positive Woman
America's Crisis of Confidence, 19741980
Watergate Legacies: The Diffusion of Power
The Politics of Austerity A Time to Heal: The Brief Presidency of Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter and the New Democrats
The Democrats' Discontent
The 1980 Presidential Campaign PRIMARY SOURCES Gerald Ford, Pardon of Richard Nixon Jimmy Carter, The Crisis of Confidence Ronald Reagan, New Economic Policies, 1980
The Reagan Presidency, 19811989 The Style and Substance of Ronald Reagan
The Reagan Agenda Attacking the Liberal State Reagan Justice
The 1984 Presidential Campaign Reagan and the Cold War
The New Arms Race The Cold War in Central America
The Threat of International Terrorism
The Reagan Legacy PRIMARY SOURCES Ronald Reagan, Inaugural Address Geraldine Ferraro, 1984 Democratic Convention Speech Oliver North, Iran-Contra Testimony
The Culture Wars, 19801992
The Politics of Family Values Abortion AIDS and the Struggle for Gay Rights Black, Brown, and Yellow
The Backlash Against Multiculturalism PRIMARY SOURCES Jerry Falwell, Return to Traditional Religious Values A. Barlett Giamatti, Letter to Yale Freshmen, 1981 Ryan White, AIDS Testimony
The Triumph of Consumerism, 19801992
The Money Culture The MTV Generation
The Hourglass Society
The Poverty Debate American Aparthied PRIMARY SOURCES Ivan Boesky, Commencement Address, 1986
The End of the Cold War, 19881992
The Search for Reagan's Successor 1989: The Year of Miracles The New World Order War with Iraq Problems on the Home Front
The Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Hearings
The 1992 Presidential Campaign PRIMARY SOURCES Congress Debates War or Peace with Iraq
The Clinton Presidency, 19932001
The Clinton Agenda Moving to the Center Winning a Second Term: The 1996 Campaign The New Internationalism Trouble Spots: Iraq and Yugoslavia Impeachment
The Clinton Legacy PRIMARY SOURCES The Contract with America, 1994 Bill Clinton, Apology to the Nation
The Prosperous Nineties
The Computer Revolution and the Information Society
The Birth of the World Wide Web Wall Street Boom From Wall Street to Main Street
The Politics of Prosperity Sex, Violence, and the Culture Wars
Hip-Hop Nation Race and American Justice The Many Sh

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