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In Our Times : America since World War II,9780130996480

In Our Times : America since World War II

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Summary

In Our Times: America Since World War II, Seventh Edition, is a revised and updated version of this widely used book, which has been popular in both survey courses in U.S. history and in more specialized courses. A clearly written, interpretive narrative, the book interrelates trends in foreign affairs, mass culture, social history, gender politics, civil rights, economics, and political culture. This new edition features Reorganized chapters that enhance clarity and expertly interweave politics, culture, and foreign policy. Significant expansion of material on the 1980s and 1990s, including the "conservative turn," the emergence of "new Democrats," the economic boom of the 1990s, and the new place of immigration in American life. New and more numerous pictures, charts, and maps Updated bibliographies Enhanced attention to mass culture, already one of the most popular features of the book

Author Biography

Norman and Emily Rosenberg are DeWitt Wallace Professors of History at Macalester College and have researched and published widely in twentieth century American history.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
The World's Superpower
1(24)
Collapse of the Old Order, Rise of the New
1(4)
Reconstructing an International Economic System
3(1)
Creating the United Nations
4(1)
The Onset of the Cold War
5(5)
Mounting Distrust between the United States and the Soviet Union
6(2)
Cold War Aid Programs
8(2)
Cold War Crises
10(6)
The Berlin Crisis
10(1)
The Chinese Revolution
11(1)
The Anti-Communist Crusade
12(1)
The Korean War
13(3)
Shifts in Policy Making
16(4)
Foreign Policies in New Areas of Concern
17(1)
The Diplomacy of Culture
18(2)
A Foreign Policy Establishment
20(5)
Postwar Adjustments, 1946--1953
25(34)
The Reconversion from War to Peace
25(11)
Wartime-Tensions, Postwar Fears
25(4)
1946: Inflation, Black Markets, Strikes, and a National Election
29(2)
Truman Under Fire
31(2)
1948: ``Truman Beats Dewey!''
33(3)
The Fair Deal
36(5)
Truman's Domestic Program
36(1)
The Fair Deal: An Assessment
37(2)
Civil Rights During the Truman Era
39(2)
Anticommunism at Home
41(7)
The ``Age of Surveillance''
41(1)
Debating the Threat of Communist Subversion
42(1)
Anti-Communist Initiatives during the Truman Years
43(3)
McCarthyism
46(1)
Anticommunism and Culture during the Cold War
47(1)
The Promise and Perils of Progress
48(11)
Science and Technology
49(4)
Agriculture
53(1)
``Selling Out'' and the End of the Truman Era
54(5)
Eisenhower Republicanism
59(25)
Domestic Politics
59(8)
The Elections of 1952 and 1956
59(1)
A ``Hidden-Hand'' Presidency?
60(3)
Eisenhower and the Corporate Commonwealth
63(3)
The Critical Culture of the 1950s
66(1)
Republican Foreign Policies
67(7)
The New Look
67(2)
Korea
69(1)
Summitry
70(2)
Challenges to Superpower Dominance
72(2)
The Third World and the Cold War
74(6)
Vietnam
75(2)
Intervention: Iran, Guatemala, Lebanon, Cuba
77(3)
Reevaluation
80(4)
Life During the 1950s
84(34)
Gender and Family
84(10)
The Baby Boom and the New Family Ideal
85(1)
The New Suburbs
86(2)
Women's Work and Domesticity
88(2)
Organization Men and Women
90(1)
Sexual Politics
90(4)
Commercial Culture
94(11)
Travel and Sports
94(2)
The Hollywood Motion Picture Industry
96(3)
Television
99(2)
Rock around the Clock: The Cultures of Youth
101(2)
The Mass Culture Debate of the 1950s
103(1)
The Mass Culture Debate Revisited
104(1)
Race, Ethnicity, and Urban Issues
105(13)
African Americans
105(3)
Puerto Ricans
108(1)
Mexican Americans
109(1)
American Indians
110(2)
Urban Life and the ``Invisible Poor''
112(6)
The Promise and Perils of the 1960s
118(48)
The President We Hardly Knew
118(7)
The Rise of John F. Kennedy and the Election of 1960
119(1)
The New Frontier Camelot
120(3)
Assassination
123(2)
The Great Society
125(9)
LBJ
125(1)
The Johnson Program and the Landslide Election of 1964
126(2)
The Great Society and the War on Poverty
128(4)
The Warren Court and the Origins of ``Liberal Legalism''
132(2)
From Civil Rights to Black Power
134(12)
Civil Rights: The Kennedy Years
135(3)
The Civil Rights Act of 1964: End of an Era
138(2)
Urban Neighborhoods Explode
140(2)
Black Power
142(4)
Kennedy's Foreign Policies
146(5)
New Programs
146(2)
Cuba
148(3)
The Struggle in Vietnam
151(8)
A Vigorous Beginning, 1964--1965
152(1)
Escalation, 1965--1967
153(3)
Tet and the President's Discontent, 1968
156(2)
Soldiers
158(1)
Fallout from the War
159(7)
Polarization and the Search for Empowerment
166(39)
The ``Youth Movement''
166(10)
The Origins of the Youth Revolt
167(1)
Inventing a New Left
168(2)
Radical Politics: From the College Campuses to the Streets
170(2)
Campuses and Antiwar Demonstrations
172(2)
The Counterculture
174(2)
The New Conservatism
176(5)
The Origins of the New Conservatism in the 1950s
176(2)
Conservatism in the 1960s
178(3)
The Politics of Polarization, 1968
181(1)
The Fall of Lyndon Johnson
181(1)
The New Politics and the Election of 1968
182(3)
The Violent Years, 1969--1972
185(5)
Violence in Southeast Asia
186(1)
Violence at Home
187(1)
A Law-and-Order Administration
188(1)
The Violence Wanes
189(1)
The Search for Empowerment
190(10)
African American Politics
190(2)
Mexican American Politics
192(2)
American Indian Movements
194(2)
A New Women's Movement
196(4)
Gay and Lesbian Empowerment
200(1)
Polarization: An Ambiguous Legacy
200(5)
Times of Turmoil: The 1970s
205(37)
Domestic Politics Under Nixon and Ford
205(12)
Nixon's Domestic Policies
206(1)
Stagflation
207(1)
The 1972 Election
208(2)
The Underside of the Nixon Administration: Leaks, Plumbers, and Watergate
210(2)
Nixon's Last Battle
212(3)
The Ford Presidency: The Wounds Remain
215(2)
Nixon, Kissinger, and World Politics, 1969--1976
217(7)
The Three Dimensional Game
217(1)
The End of the War in Southeast Asia
218(4)
The Middle East and Latin America
222(2)
The Carter Presidency
224(13)
Jimmy Carter Compassion and Competency?
224(1)
Economic Dilemmas
225(2)
Equality, Affirmative Action, and the New Right
227(4)
Carter's Foreign Policy
231(3)
Renewing the Cold War
234(1)
The Election of 1980
235(2)
Assessing the 1970s
237(5)
An Oversized Society: Life during the 1960s and 1970s
242(32)
The Economy: A Gathering of Giants
243(10)
The Military-Industrial Complex
243(3)
Business Giants
246(2)
Energy and Ecology
248(3)
Land and Real Estate Hustlers
251(2)
An Out-Sized Culture
253(21)
The Publishing Industry
253(2)
The Motion Picture Industry
255(2)
Sports
257(2)
Television
259(2)
The Popular Music Industry
261(3)
Religion
264(4)
The Educational Labyrinth
268(6)
A Conservative Turn, 1980--1992
274(44)
Domestic Politics during the Reagan Years
274(14)
Presidential Style and the Conservative Turn
275(2)
Reaganomics: The Eventual Boom
277(2)
Reaganomics: The Debate
279(2)
Reaganomics and Fairness
281(4)
Drugs, AIDS, and Abortion
285(1)
The Culture of Sleaze
286(2)
The New Cold War, 1981--1987
288(6)
A New Anti-Communist Offensive
288(4)
The Cold War Suddenly Thaws
292(2)
The Presidency of George Bush
294(8)
The Election of 1988
294(1)
Bush's Domestic Policies
295(1)
Foreign Policy Under Bush
296(3)
The Persian Gulf War
299(3)
The Culture Industry 1980--1992
302(16)
The Reagan Boom and the Culture Industry
302(2)
Reprising the Past
304(3)
Reworking the Past
307(2)
The Politics of Cultural Confrontation
309(9)
New Democrats, A New Economy, and New Americans
318(37)
Politics and Culture during the Clinton Presidency
318(15)
1992: The Election of a ``New Democrat''
318(3)
The First Clinton Presidency: Domestic Politics
321(2)
Clinton's Earliest Legal Battles
323(1)
The Contract with America (1994) and the Clinton Resurgence (1996)
324(4)
A Culture of Exposure and Clinton's Continuing Legal Battles
328(3)
The Culture of Exposure and Clinton's Final Legal Battle
331(2)
The ``New Economy''
333(3)
Economic Boom
333(3)
Fashioning Post-Cold War Foreign Policy
336(3)
New Americans
339(6)
Population Trends
339(3)
Immigration
342(3)
The Election and Early Presidency of George W. Bush
345(5)
A Close Election
345(2)
The Presidency of George W. Bush
347(3)
Retrospective
350(5)
Index 355

Excerpts

In Our Times,like the period of U.S. history it seeks to represent, remains a work in progress. We began writing the first edition of this book in the mid1970s, when only thirty years had elapsed since 1945. In this seventh, 2002 edition, the book now wears twice as many years as when we began--and so do we. We continue to be gratified that this book--one of the first texts designed for "1945 to present" courses--remains a favorite among history teachers and students. We have again undertaken the kind of reorganization and updating that those who useIn Our Times,and we ourselves, expect.We strive to provide students and instructors with an interesting, readable, and coherent historical framework. We have streamlined the narrative, integrated new scholarship, and entirely reorganized most chapters. New, and more numerous, pictures, charts, and maps enhance the book's visual dimension. Updated bibliographies, along with suggested websites, provide additional resources for teaching and learning. Users will find that our new introductions to chapters and to sections bring major themes into focus while enhancing the text's narrative quality.In this seventh journey through "our times," we have incurred many debts of gratitude. Our greatest goes to the anonymous reviewers, some of whom suggested the reorganizations and additions that we have undertaken for this new edition. We trust that they will see many of their fine recommendations reflected in these pages: more discussion, for example, of the soldier's experience in Vietnam and of cultural diplomacy; greater consistency in chapter size; improved organization ire the coverage of politics, diplomacy, and culture; significant expansion of material on the 1980s and 1990s. We have, of course, revised and updated our strong treatment of mass culture, a feature that has appealed to students over the years.We also extend our special thanks to our editors. Charles Cavaliere enthusiastically imparted a new vision and a special commitment toIn Our Times.Emsal Hasan has skillfully carried this book forward through the last two editions; his enthusiasm, good sense, and attention to detail has made him a true collaborator. Rosie Jones provided vital expert assistance on the finishing touches of the book. Joelle Blomquist, a senior history major at Macalester College, has provided meticulous and thorough assistance in the tasks of research d revision. Herta Pitman, department coordinator at Macalester, has also contributed her expertise. Finally, of course, we are indebted to all of the scholars whose books and essays make doing the history of "our times" meaningful d exciting.In Our Times,like our teaching career at Macalester College, remains a joint production. Although we continue to split the primary responsibility for .reviewing and rewriting specific sections, the computer remains community property. One of us will often complete the paragraph or sentence that the other had begun or had once thought, mistakenly, to be complete. For any errors of fact or judgment, each of us can offer the ready excuse that it was surely committed by "the other Professor Rosenberg." Yet we will also be happy to take joint credit for whatever positive features this book offers. Norman L. Rosenberg Emily S. Rosenberg


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