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American Paradox Since 1945 : A History of the United States, Complete

American Paradox Since 1945 : A History of the United States, Complete - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618150144

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ISBN13: 978-0618150144
ISBN10: 0618150145
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2003
International: No

American Paradox Since 1945 : A History of the United States, Complete - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618150144

Steven M. Gillon

ISBN13: 978-0618150144
ISBN10: 0618150145
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2003
International: No

This new text/reader for courses in recent American history emphasizes political participation and popular culture. Its main theme is the relationship of Americans to their government--for example, how Americans as a people remain skeptical of big government even as they expect it to facilitate large programs such as Social Security.

Unlike most postwar American history books that are presented in one volume and tend to emphasize the 1950s and 60s, The American Paradox comes in a complete version and a version that covers U.S. history since 1968, providing full coverage and analysis of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.

Each chapter contains one or two primary sources, more than any other competing text. The documents include Nixon's 1969 address to the nation about Vietnam, a Stonewall-era statement from the gay rights activist Sylvia (Ray) Rivera, and Phyllis Schlafly's argument against the Equal Rights Amendment.
More attention is paid to the period spanning from 1970 to the present than in any competing text.
The text explores the tension between popular culture and social realities, the dynamics of minority groups and their place in American society, and the ambivalent feelings many Americans have had concerning the U.S.'s role in the world during the postwar period.

Author Bio

Gillon, Steven M. : University of Oklahoma

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter concludes with Selected Readings.

Introduction: The American Paradox, 1945-2002
1. The Specter of Appeasement: The Cold War, 1945-1949
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
George Kennan, The Sources of Soviet Conduct
Henry Wallace, The Last Chance for Peace
Harry Truman, The Truman Doctrine
2. 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
Harry Truman, Acceptance Speech, 1948
3. 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
National Security Council, NSC-68
Joseph McCarthy, Final, All-Out Battle
Margaret Chase Smith, Declaration of Conscience
4. The Consumer Society, 1945-1960
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
Billy Graham, America's Greatest Sin
Life, The New Teen Market
U.S. News and World Report, Perils of Mass Culture
5. The Politics of Moderation, 1951-1960
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
Richard Nixon, The Checkers Speech
Dwight Eisenhower to Swede Hazlett, 1954
Dwight Eisenhower, The Domino Theory
6. American Ideals and Social Realities, 1952-1960
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, 1957-1960
Political and Economic Uncertainties
Kennedy and the 1960 Presidential Election
Brown v. Board of Education
The Southern Manifesto, 1956
How to respond to a Nuclear Attack, 1950
7. The Kennedy Presidency, 1961-1963
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
SNCC Statement of Purpose, 1960
Diem to JFK, 1961; JFK to Diem, 1961
8. Jyndon Johnson's Ordeal: The Great Society and Vietnam, 1964-1968
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
Barry Goldwater, Acceptance Speech, 1964
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, 1964
George Ball, Memorandum for the President
9. Challenging the Consensus, 1960-1969
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
SDS, Port Huron Statement
Mario Savio, Sproul Hall Steps
YAF, The Sharon Statement
Malcolm X, The Black Revolution
10. Richard Nixon and the New Republican Majority, 1969-1974
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
Richard Nixon, The Silent Majority
The Smoking Gun
11. The Clash of Cultures, 1970-1980
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
Anita Bryant and the Struggle for Gay Rights
César Chávez, The Grape Boycott
A Radical Manifesto, 1969
Phyllis Schlafly, The Power of the Positive Woman
12. America's Crisis of Confidence, 1974-1980
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
Gerald Ford, Pardon of Richard Nixon
Jimmy Carter, The Crisis of Confidence
Ronald Reagan, New Economic Policies, 1980
13. The Reagan Presidency, 1981-1989
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
Ronald Reagan, Inaugural Address
Geraldine Ferraro, 1984 Democratic Convention Speech
Oliver North, Iran-Contra Testimony
14. The Culture Wars, 1980-1992
The Politics of Family Values
AIDS and the Struggle for Gay Rights
Black, Brown, and Yellow
The Backlash Against Multiculturalism
Jerry Falwell, Return to Traditional Religious Values
A. Barlett Giamatti, Letter to Yale Freshmen, 1981
Ryan White, AIDS Testimony
15. The Triumph of Consumerism, 1980-1992
The Money Culture
The MTV Generation
The Hourglass Society
The Poverty Debate
American Aparthied
Ivan Boesky, Commencement Address, 1986
16. The End of the Cold War, 1988-1992
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
Congress Debates War or Peace with Iraq
17. The Clinton Presidency, 1993-2001
The Clinton Agenda
Moving to the Center
Winning a Second Term: The 1996 Campaign
The New Internationalism
Trouble Spots: Iraq and Yugoslavia
The Clinton Legacy
The Contract with America, 1994
Bill Clinton, Apology to the Nation
18. 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 Shades of Color in America
Terrorism American Style
The Perils of Prosperity: Suburban Sprawl
The 2000 Presidential Election
Lars Ulrich (Metallica), On Napster
Supreme Court, Bush v. Gore
Epilogue: The Challenges of the New Century
The Bush Presidency
"We Are All Soldiers Now"
The Paradox of Power
George Bush, Declaration of War on Terrorism

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