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American Paradox : U.S. History of the United States Since 1945

American Paradox : U.S. History of the United States Since 1945 - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0618660865

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ISBN13: 978-0618660865
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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2007
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American Paradox : U.S. History of the United States Since 1945 - 2ND 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618660865

Steven M. Gillon

ISBN13: 978-0618660865
ISBN10: 0618660860
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 2007
International: No

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 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.

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 women--particularly their role in the rise of the New Left and in the development of Feminism--and 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's The 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 Paradox includes extensive coverage of the 1960s to the present.

Table of Contents

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
Primary Sources:
George Kennan, The Sources of Soviet Conduct
Harry 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
Primary Sources:
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
Primary Sources:
National Security Council, NSC-68
Joseph McCarthy, Final, All-Out Battle
Senator 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
Primary Sources:
Billy Graham, America's Greatest Sin
Life magazine, 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
The Rhetoric and Reality of Liberation
The Threat of Third-World Nationalism
Primary Sources:
Richard Nixon, The Checkers Speech

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
Primary Sources:
Betty Friedan, The Problem That Has No Name
The Southern Manifesto, 1956
Martin Luther King, Jr., Montgomery Bus Boycott Inauguration Speech
How to Respond to a Nuclear Attack, 1950

7. The Kennedy Presidency 1961-1963

JFK andthe New Frontier
JFK and Civil Rights
From Birmingham to Montgomery
New Frontiers Abroad
The Bay of Pigs
Kennedy and Khrushchev
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Life of Kennedy's Death
Primary Sources:
SNCC Statement of Purpose, 1960

8. The Liberal Travail: Lyndon Johnson, the Great Society, and the Unraveling of America, 1963-1967

Lyndon Johnson Takes Charge
The The War on Poverty
The Conservative Revival
The 1964 Election
The Great Society
The Reforms of the Warren Court
We Shall Overcome
Black-Power / White Backlash
The Youth Culture
The New Left
Primary Sources:
Young Americans for Freedom, The Sharon Statement
Malcom X, The Black Revolution
To the Women of the Left
Tet and the Anguish of Lyndon Johnson
Kennedy and King
The Center Holds: The Election of 1968

9. Into the Big Muddy: America in Vietnam, 1945-1968

The First Fateful Steps
JFK and Vietnam
Vietnam: The Decision to Escalate
America's War
The Soldier's War
Primary Sources:
Dwight Eisenhower, The Domino Theory
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, 1964
George Ball, Memorandum for the President

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
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

11. The Clash of Cultures, 1969-1980

The Me Decade
The Flowering of 1960s 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 over Gay Rights
Primary Sources:
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
1979: The Year of Crisis
The 1980 Presidential Campaign
Primary Sources:
Gerald Ford, Pardon of Richard Nixon
Jimmy Carter, The Crisis of Confidence

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
Primary Sources:
Ronald Reagan, Inaugural Address
Geraldine Ferraro, 1984 Democratic Convention Speech
Oliver North, Iran-Contra Testimony

14. Culture and Consumerism: 1980-1992

The Politics of Family Values
AIDS and the Struggle for Gay Rights
Black, Brown, and Yellow
The Money Culture
The MTV Generation
The Hourglass Society
American Apartheid
Primary Sources:
Jerry Falwell, Return to Traditional Religious Values
A. Barlett Giamatti, Letter to Yale Freshmen, 1981
Ryan White, AIDS Testimony

15. 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 Homefront
The 1992 Presidential Campaign
Primary Sources:
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: Yugoslavia and Iraq
The Clinton Legacy
Primary Sources:
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
Globalization and Its Discontents
From Wall Street to Main Street
Sex, Violence, and the Culture Wars
Hip-Hop Nation
Race and American Justice
The Many Shades of Color in America
Global Terror
The Prosperity Paradox
The 2000 Presidential Election
Primary Sources:
U.S. Supreme Court, Bush v. Gore
Epilogue: The Challenges of the New Century
September 11, 2001
War with Iraq
The Paradox of Power
Primary Sources:
George W. Bush, Declaration of War on Terrorism