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Combines traditional history with a focus on the American people. A comprehensive overview of U.S. History since World War II, Moving Onweaves together political, economic, diplomatic, and military history, while incorporating the social, demographic, environmental, and cultural history of the period. The text also features a focus on the late 1960s as a major turning point in post-war America. Learning Goals Upon completing this book readers will be able to: Understand the key events, players, and issues that define post 1945-America Understand the social and cultural legacy of the important decades of post-1945 America Know the importance of each decade in shaping America through the new millennium Note:MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit:www.mysearchlab.comor you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost).

Author Biography

George Donelson Moss has taught history at the University of California, Berkeley, College of the Holy Names, City College of San Francisco, and the University of California, San Diego. He received his B.A. from UCLA and his M.A. from UC Berkeley. He is the author of America Since 1900 (Original title: America in the Twentieth Century), Vietnam : An American Ordeal, Vietnam Reader: Sources and Essays, The Rise of Modern America: A History of the American People, 1890-1945 and numerous articles, essays, and reviews.

Table of Contents

Found in this Section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents







Chapter 1 Postwar America

Chapter 2 Wars: Cold and Hot

Chapter 3 Postwar Politics

Chapter 4 The Affluent Society

Chapter 5 The Consumer Culture

Chapter 6 The Age of Consensus

Chapter 7 New Frontiers at Home and Abroad

Chapter 8 Great Society and Vietnam

Chapter 9 Rebellion and Reaction

Chapter 10 Pragmatic Centrism

Chapter 11 Calming the Cold War

Chapter 12 Era of Limits

Chapter 13 Social and Cultural Transformations

Chapter 14 The Age of Reagan

Chapter 15 Reigniting then Icing the Cold War

Chapter 16 Social Tensions and Culture Wars

Chapter 17 Going Global

Chapter 18 America in a New Millennium

Chapter 19 The Wars on Terror









Chapter 1: Postwar America


People on the Move

Economic Transformations

A Diverse Society

The Growth of Big Labor

A Religious People


African Americans

Hispanic Americans

Asian Americans

Native Americans

The Politics of War

Legacies of World War  

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           Jim Crow in the Army Camps; Jim Crow Army from The Crisis

                   (1940, 1941)

           Barbara Woodall and Charles Taylor, Letters to and from the Front


           Virginia Snow Wilkinson,  From Housewife to Shipfitter (1943)

           Executive Order 9066, Relocation of Japanese Americans (1942)

            Korematsu v. United States (1944)

           Profile:  A. Philip Randolph  


           Rosie the Riveter    

Brief Bibliographical Essay


Chapter 2: Wars: Cold and Hot

Origins Of Cold War

The Truman Doctrine

The Marshall Plan


The Chinese Revolution

Vietnam: The Beginning


The Korean War, 1950–1953

The Cold War Consensus

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Bernice Brode, Tales of Los Alamos (1943)

Churchill's "Iron Curtain" Speech (1946)

George Kennan, Containment (1947)

Harry S. Truman, The Truman Doctrine (1947)

General Douglas MacArthur, Farewell Address to Congress (1951)

Clark Clifford, Memorandum to President Truman (1946)

George Marshall, “The Marshall Plan” (1947)

          National Security Council Memorandum Number 68 (1950)


Closer Look: Cold War Bomb Shelter

Closer Look: The Korean War


Atomic Bomb at Hiroshima   

The Korean War Armistice   

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 3: Postwar Politics

Harry Who?

The Election of 1946

The Eightieth Congress

Civil Rights

The Election of 1948

A Fair Deal

Red Scare

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        Henry Wallace,  Letter to President Truman,  (1946)        

        Ronald Reagan, Testimony before HUAC (1947)      

        Henry Wallace, Radio Address (1948)

        Joseph R. McCarthy, Wheeling, West Virginia, speech (1950)

        Profile:  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

        Video:  The Desegregation of the Military and Blacks in Combat

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 4: The Affluent Society

Demographic Patterns

An Economy of Abundance

The Age of the Automobile

Labor at Mid-Century

Poverty Amidst Plenty

Suburban Sprawl

Women: Family and Work

Class and Status

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Ladies Home Journal, "Young Mother" (1956)       


Postwar Migration to the Sunbelt and West Coast


Cloverleaf Highways 

Levittown, New York

Blueprint for Levittown House


Creating Domestic Bliss During the Cold War

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 5: The Consumer Culture

The “Teen Culture”

Rock ’N’ Roll

Television Takes Over

Religion Revived

Culture Critics


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          The Teenage Consumer (1959)

          Profile: Chuck Berry 

          Profile: Jack Kerouac


          Closer Look:  A 1950s Family Watches Television 

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 6: The Age of Consensus

The Election of 1952

Dynamic Conservatism

McCarthy Destroyed

The Politics of Consensus

Civil Rights

The New Look


China Crisis

At the Summit

The CIA in Covert Action

Trouble in Suez

Soviet Tanks Crush the Hungarian Revolution

A Sputnik Moment

Cuba and Castro

The Cold War Heats Up

End of an Era

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Dwight D. Eisenhower, Dien Bien Phu (1954)

          Declaration of Independence for Vietnam (1945)

          Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy (1954)

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954)   

Executive Order 10730: Desegregation of Central High School


Southern Manifesto on Integration (1956) 

Profile:  John Foster Dulles  


Nixon-Khrushchev Moscow Debate (Kitchen Debate)


Crisis at Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas (1957)         

U.S. and British Votes in the UN on the Suez Canal crisis (1956)

Iranian Premier Mohammed Mossadegh Supporters

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 7: New Frontiers at Home and Abroad

The Election of 1960

Social Reform

The Economy

Let Freedom Ring

Cold Warrior

The Bay of Pigs

Alianza para Progreso


Missile Crisis

Vietnam: Raising the Stakes

Death of a President

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          Julian Bond, Sit-ins and the Origins of SNCC (1960)        

          John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address (1961)         

          John F. Kennedy and Cuba (1961)  

          Executive Discussions on the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)

          John F. Kennedy, Cuban Missile Crisis Address (1962)

          Martin Luther King, Letter from a Birmingham Jail, (1963) 

          John Lewis, Address at the March on Washington (1963)

          President Kennedy's Address to the People of Berlin (1963)


Closer Look: Signs


John F Kennedy Presidential Campaign

Kennedy Nixon Debate

Civil Rights March on Washington   

The Cuban Missile Crisis      

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 8: Great Society and Vietnam

Goldwater Challenges the Liberal Welfare State

Great Society

The Warren Court

The Six Day War

Policing the Caribbean

Going to War in Vietnam

The American Way of War

War at Home

The Tet-68 Offensive

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Lyndon B. Johnson, The War on Poverty (1964)

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Lyndon Johnson, Message to Congress and the Tonkin Gulf

          Resolution (1964)

Voting Literacy Test (1965)

Lyndon Johnson on the Immigration Act (1965)

Martin Luther King, Jr., Conscience and the Vietnam War (1967)

Profile:  Eugene McCarthy


Impact of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Vietnam War


Lyndon Johnson Presidential Campaign Ad: Little Girl vs.

          Mushroom Cloud      

Newsreel: Peace March, Thousands Oppose Vietnam War

The Vietnam War


Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 9: Rebellion and Reaction

Student Radicals

The Greening of America

The Fire This Time

Black Power

Brown and Red Power

Gay Lesbian Liberation

The Rebirth of Feminism


The Election of 1968

Summing Up the Sixties

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Students for a Democratic Society, The Port Huron Statement (1962)

Betty Friedan, "The Problem That Has No Name", from The

          Feminine Mystique (1963)

National Organization from Women, Statement of Purpose (1966)

Donald Wheeldin, The Situation in Watts Today (1967)

Shirley Chisholm, Equal Rights for Women (1969)

The Gay Liberation Front, Come Out (1970)

Cesar Chavez, From He Showed Us the Way (1978)

Profile:  Kwame Toure, (Stokely Carmichael)

Profile:  Cesar Chavez        

Profile:  Janis Joplin

Profile:  Bobby Seale


Malcolm X

Protest, Counterculture, and the Antiwar Movement

          During the Vietnam Era

Richard Nixon Presidential Campaign

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 10: Pragmatic Centrism

A Closet Liberal?


The Southern Strategy

Activists and Reformers

Ecology and Consumerism

The 1972 Election


Decline and Fall

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Rachel Carson, from Silent Spring (1962)

House Judiciary Committee's Conclusion on Impeachment (1972)

Roe v. Wade (1973)

Statement by the American Indian Movement, Wounded Knee


Watergate Special Prosecution Force Memorandum (1974)        

          Exploring America:  American Indian Movement


Closer Look:  Watergate Shipwreck


Closer Look:  Watergate Through Political Cartoons


          Richard Nixon I am not a crook      

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 11: Calming the Cold War


The China Opening

Vietnam: A War To End A War

Middle Eastern Dilemmas

Chaos In Chile

New Relations with European Powers

The Emergence of Japan

Realist Diplomacy in Perspective

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Testimony at the Winter Soldier Investigation (1971)

Richard Nixon, "Peace With Honor" (1973)


Nixon in China

Closer Look:  Life Magazine Cover May 15, 1970 Tragedy at

                     Kent State  


          Atrocity and Cover Up: My Lai Massacre   

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 12: Era of Limits

Economic Decline

Energy Crises

Cars and Computers

A Ford Not a Lincoln

Extending détente

Vietnam: The End

The Election of 1976

Mr. Carter Goes to Washington

A New Foreign Policy Approach

The Decline of détente

Debacle in Iran

The  Rise of the New Right

The Election of 1980

A Time of Troubles

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Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter speaks about an "Invisible    

          Wall of Racial Segregation," (1976)

The Camp David Accords (1978)

Jimmy  Carter, The "Malaise" Speech (1979)

Islam and the State in the Middle East: Ayatollah Khomeini's Vision

           of Islamic Government (1979)

Ronald Reagan, Republican Party Nomination Acceptance (1980)

Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address (1981)

Profile:  Jimmy Carter

Profile:  Jerry Falwell


Gerald Ford Presidential Campaign

Jimmy Carter and the Crisis

Ronald Reagan on the Wisdom of Tax Cuts

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 13: Social and Cultural Transformations

A Demographic Profile

New Immigrants

African Americans: A Dual Society

Women: Changing Attitudes and Roles

The Most Religious Nation in the Western World

The “Me” Decade

Cultural Transformations

Conflict and Diversity: Hollywood’s Visions of the 1970s

Television and the Ascendancy of the Media Culture

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Ione  Malloy, Southie Won't Go (1975)

Toi Derricotte, Black in a White Neighborhood (1977-1978)

Affirmative Action in Atlanta, "Can Atlanta Succeed Where America

           Has Failed?" 

Patricia Morrisroe, Yuppies - The New Class (1985)        


          America's Move to the Sunbelt 1970-1981

Immigration to the United States, 1945-1990


          Evangelical Religion and Politics, Then and Now   

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 14: The Age of Reagan


Recession and Recovery

Morning Again in America

The Election of 1984

Second Efforts

The “Go-Go” Economy

Shifting the Supreme Court to the Right

The Sleaze Factor

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Richard Viguerie, Why the New Right is Winning (1981)

Ronald Reagan, The Air Traffic Controllers Strike (1981)

Ronald Reagan, Address to the National Association of Evangelicals (1983)

Paul Craig Roberts, The Supply-Side Revolution (1984)

          T. Boone Pickens, My Case for Reagan (1984)

Thurgood Marshall, Remarks on the Bicentennial of the Constitution (1987)


          Attempted Reagan Assassination


          Ronald Reagan on the Wisdom of Tax Cuts

Ronald Reagan Presidential Campaign

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 15: Reigniting then Icing the Cold War

The Old Cold Warrior

The Pacific Rim

Disaster in Lebanon

Canada and America

Policing the Western Hemisphere

International Crises

The Iraqi–Iranian War

Iran-Contra Scandals

Icing the Cold War

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A Liberal White Journalist on Apartheid (1970s-1980s)

Ronald Reagan, Support for the Contras (1984)    

Bill Chappell,  Speech to the American Security Council

         Foundation (1985)

Mikhail Gorbachev, Speech to the 27th Congress of the Communist

         Party of the Soviet Union (1986)

Mikhail Gorbachev on the Need for Economic Reform (1987)

Ronald Reagan, Speech at the Brandenburg Gate (1987)


The Cold War Military Stand-off     

Conflict in Central America, 1970-1998


Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall

Oliver North Hearing

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 16: Social Tensions and Culture Wars

2000: A Demographic Profile

Bust, Boom, and Bust

Cable TV and the Information Superhighway


Culture Warriors

Black and White, But Not Together

Hispanic Americans

Asian Americans

Women and Work

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Howard Rheingold, Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier (1993)

Cecelia Rosa Avila, Third Generation Mexican American


Jesse Jackson, Common Ground (1988)     

Elaine Bell Kaplan, "Talking to Teen Mothers" (1995)


Sign at a Gay Pride March

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 17: Going Global

The Election of 1988

A Kinder Nation

The Rehnquist Court

The Election of 1992


The Republican Earthquake

The Election of 1996

A President Impeached

Ending and Winning the Cold War

The Post–Cold War World

The Gulf War

Clinton and the Post–Cold War World

The Balkan Wars

Terrorism Abroad and at Home

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George H.W. Bush, Inaugural Address (1989)

President Clinton's First Inaugural Address (1993)

Clinton Health Care Reform Proposals (1993)

Republican Contract with America (1994)

The Balkan Proximity Peace Talks Agreement (1995)

Articles of Impeachment Against William Jefferson Clinton (1999)

Bill Clinton, Answers to the Articles of Impeachment (1999)


Tiananmen Square   


Events in Eastern Europe, 1989-1990       


The Berlin Wall        

Bill Clinton Sells Himself to America 

The Collapse of the Communist Bloc

George Bush Presidential Campaign Ad: The Revolving Door       

President Bush on the Gulf War

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 18: America in a New Millennium

The Demographics of Diversity

Young People of the New Millennium

A Multicultural Society

A Nation of Immigrants

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William Julius Wilson, The Urban Underclass (1987)

Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996

Building a Black Christian Community from Scratch (1999)

Health Issues in the Black Community (2005)       

Hillary Clinton, Speech on Health Care (2007)

Louis Farrakhan on Education (2007)        

From Then to Now:  Immigration: An Ambivalent Welcome         

From Then to Now:  The Diversity of American Religious Life      

Profile:  Colin Powell 


Immigration to the United States, 1945-1990      

Brief Bibliographic Essay


Chapter 19: The Wars on Terror

Election 2000

Thirty-Six Days

Compassionate Conservatism

Terrorist Attack!

The Transformation of U.S. Foreign Policy

The Invasion of Iraq

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Election of 2004

The War President

Global Financial Crisis and Recession

2008 Election

The New Face of America

The 2010 Elections

Containing the Wars on Terror

Spring 2012

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George Bush, Address to the Nation, (2001)

George W. Bush, Address to Congress (2001)

N.R. Kleinfield, American Enters a New Century with Terror (2001)

George W. Bush, From National Security Strategy of the United States

          of America (2002)

Al Gore, Global Warming (2006)      

Dirty Politics in the 2008 Election,   (2007)

Nancy Pelosi,  Inaugural Address,   (2007) 

Barack H. Obama, Inaugural Address (2009)        


The Rise and Fall of the Automobile Economy

Modernity's Pollution Problems       

The Historical Significance of the 2008 Presidential Election

Brief Bibliographic Essay







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