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Promises to Keep : The United States since World War II

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Pub. Date:
10/13/2004
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Cengage Learning
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Summary

Designed for the "U.S. Since 1945" course, this comprehensive survey presents the World War II experience as a backdrop for understanding recent developments and events in American history. The text features four principal, interwoven themes: the pervasive impact of the Cold War; the effects of social-protest movements among African Americans, women, and other groups; the sources and impact of economic, demographic, and cultural changes; and a thorough examination of politics. New! This edition includes coverage of the 2000 election, recent trends in immigration, the attacks of September 11, and the war on terrorism, including the U.S. role in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Table of Contents

Charts and Graphs xi
Maps xii
Preface xiii
PART ONE The American Century 1(128)
CHAPTER 1 Crucible of Change: World War II and the Forging of Modern America
4(31)
The Grand Alliance, Globalist Dreams, Big Power Realities
4(3)
High Resolve and National Unity
7(3)
The American Economy Goes to War
10(4)
Government and Politics in the War Years
14(3)
A People in Wartime
17(9)
IN PERSPECTIVE Women and War
24(2)
Technology, Oil, and the Atomic Bomb
26(3)
The Atomic-Bomb Decision: The Ongoing Debate
29(8)
Conclusion
37
Selected Readings
32(3)
CHAPTER 2 "Not Since Rome and Carthage": Into the Cold War
35(30)
Roots of the Cold War
36(4)
1946: Eastern Europe, Iran, Atomic Energy
40(3)
1947: The Truman Doctrine, Containment, and the Marshall Plan
43(8)
IN PERSPECTIVE Presidential Persuasion on Foreign-Policy Issues
44(7)
1948-1949: The Prague Coup, the Berlin Airlift, and NATO
51(4)
Deeper into the Cold War: China, the H-Bomb, Korea
55(6)
Conclusion
61(2)
Selected Readings
63(2)
CHAPTER 3 Uneasiness at Dawn: Domestic Trends in the Early Postwar Years
65(32)
Demobilization and the Limits of Liberalism at Home
66(2)
Boom Times
68(2)
Beyond "Rosie the Riveter": Women in Early Postwar America
70(2)
African Americans and the Liberal Agenda
72(3)
A Growing Mexican-American Community Faces Postwar Challenges
75(1)
The Cold War at Home and the 1948 Election
76(4)
The Fair Deal and the Red Scare
80(7)
IN PERSPECTIVE The National-Security State
82(5)
All Aboard the Freedom Train: Rallying Against Communism
87(3)
Diversion and Doubt: Early Postwar Literature and Popular Culture
90(3)
Conclusion
93(2)
Selected Readings
95(2)
CHAPTER 4 Modern Republicanism and Suburban Togetherness in the 1950's
97(32)
The Politics of Moderation
98(9)
IN PERSPECTIVE Highways and America's Car Culture
104(3)
1953-1956: Nuclear Strategy and Global Containment
107(5)
Deepening Entanglements in Asia
112(3)
The Economic Boom Rolls On
115(4)
Suburban Living and Family Togetherness
119(5)
Middle-Class Women in 1950's America
124(2)
Conclusion
126(1)
Selected Readings
127(2)
PART TWO Dissent, Terror, Reform 129(112)
CHAPTER 5 The Other Side of the Picture Window: Outsiders, Dissidents, and Critics in the 1950's
132(28)
Films of the Fifties: Undercurrents of Menace
133(2)
Rebellious Youth
135(4)
Cultural Resistance: The Arts and Social Criticism in Cold War America
139(6)
IN PERSPECTIVE The Mass-Culture Debate
140(5)
Fallout Fears and Test-Ban Activism
145(3)
Brown and Beyond: The Civil-Rights Movement in Eisenhower's America
148(7)
Beyond Suburbia: Hispanics and Native Americans in Eisenhower's America
155(2)
Conclusion
157(1)
Selected Readings
158(2)
CHAPTER 6 The Cold War Heats Up: From Sputnik to Vietnam
160(25)
Cold War Alarms in the Late Fifties
161(3)
Campaign 1960: Variations on the Cold War Theme
164(3)
The Cold War, Kennedy-Style
167(2)
Disaster at Bahia de Cochinos
169(1)
October 1962: To the Brink
170(5)
IN PERSPECTIVE The Ironies of Civil Defense
172(3)
Southeast Asia and Vietnam: Deeper into the Tunnel
175(5)
The Kennedy Cold War: A Summary
180(1)
Tragedy in Dallas
181(1)
Conclusion
182(1)
Selected Readings
183(2)
CHAPTER 7 The Liberal Hour
185(29)
Shaping a Liberal Agenda: The 1950's
186(1)
Sketching a Liberal Agenda: The Kennedy Years
187(3)
LBJ: The Making of a President
190(2)
The Apex of a Liberal Agenda: The War on Poverty
192(4)
Election 1964: Liberalism Triumphant
196(3)
Liberalism at High Tide: Johnson's Great Society
199(5)
IN PERSPECTIVE The Problem of Poverty in the Land of Opportunity
200(4)
The New Environmentalism
204(4)
The War on Poverty and the Great Society: A Retrospective View
208(3)
Conclusion
211(61)
Selected Readings
272
CHAPTER 8 The Civil-Rights Movement at Flood Tide
214(27)
1960-1962: Tactical Innovation, Political Hesitation
217(7)
IN PERSPECTIVE Black Ministers and the Black Church
222(2)
1963: Victory in Birmingham, Action in Washington
224(6)
1964: Breaking the Legislative Logjam
230(3)
1965: Selma and the Voting Rights Act
233(2)
The Civil-Rights Movement Reaches Hispanic Americans
235(1)
Reflections on the Civil-Rights Struggle, 1960-1965
236(2)
Conclusion
238(1)
Selected Readings
239(2)
PART THREE The Loss of Innocence 241(108)
CHAPTER 9 Radicalization: Black Power, the New Left, and the Counterculture
244(19)
Inner-City Upheavals and Black Power
245(7)
The Personal Is Political: The New Left and the Counterculture
252(9)
IN PERSPECTIVE The Politics of Music
258(3)
Conclusion
261(1)
Selected Readings
262(1)
CHAPTER 10 Out of Control: War in Vietnam, Protest at Home
263(28)
Vietnam 1963-1967: The Years of Escalation
264(13)
Gnawing Doubts at High Levels
277(3)
"The Wound That Bleedeth Inward..."
280(4)
IN PERSPECTIVE The Imperial Presidency
282(2)
Responses to Vietnam: The Faces of Opposition and Support
284(4)
Conclusion
288(1)
Selected Readings
289(2)
CHAPTER 11 1968 and the Nixon Years
291(31)
1968: "The Center Cannot Hold"
292(7)
Nixon's War: Vietnam, 1969-1975
299(8)
Realpolitik and Détente
307(7)
IN PERSPECTIVE The Nuclear Threat
308(6)
Domestic Policy: New Departures, Conservative Affirmations
314(5)
Conclusion
319(1)
Selected Readings
320(2)
CHAPTER 12 Reform in the Nation, Crisis in Washington
322(27)
Escapism and the Collapse of the Counterculture
323(3)
New Activist Energies
326(5)
A Revived Women's Movement
331(4)
The 1972 Election and Watergate: The Nation in Crisis
335(7)
IN PERSPECTIVE Presidential Scandals and Trust in Government
336(6)
The Final Stage of the Crisis
342(4)
Conclusion
346(1)
Selected Readings
347(2)
PART FOUR Setbacks, Achievements, New Dangers 349(162)
CHAPTER 13 Picking Up the Pieces: Post-Watergate America
353(31)
A Ford, Not a Lincoln
353(4)
A Sea of Troubles: The Carter Years
357(6)
A Changing Economy
363(4)
Backlash: Culture and Politics in the Later Seventies
367(10)
IN PERSPECTIVE That Old-Time Religion
374(3)
Carter Diplomacy and the Middle East Hostage Crisis
377(3)
Conclusion
380(2)
Selected Readings
382(2)
CHAPTER 14 Prime-Time Politics: The Reagan-Bush Years
384(41)
The New Right Takes Charge: 1980-1984
385(6)
New Anticommunist Militance: Reagan and Foreign Policy
391(5)
Iran-Contra Scandal and a Waning Cold War: Reagan's Second Term
396(4)
The Cold War Thaws
400(4)
IN PERSPECTIVE Politicians, the Media, and Campaign-Finance Reform
402(2)
Individualism Rampant: American Life in the 1980's
404(3)
Mass Culture in the 1980's
407(5)
Campaign '88
412(1)
Bush and the World: End of the Cold War, Desert Storm, NAFTA
413(7)
Marking Time: Bush's Domestic Record
420(2)
Conclusion
422(1)
Selected Readings
422(3)
CHAPTER 15 America at the Turn of the Century: Prosperity, Scandal, a Changing Society
425(54)
Campaign '92
426(2)
Liberalism Lite: Clinton at the Helm
428(6)
Clinton's Second Term: Chastened Liberalism
434(3)
America and a Changing World: The 1990's
437(6)
A Booming Economy, Soaring Stocks, and Growing Economic Disparities
443(5)
Scandal and Impeachment: The Final Years of Clinton's Presidency
448(2)
A Diverse People: Contemporary Social Trends
450(11)
IN PERSPECTIVE The Multiculturalism Debate
452(9)
The Environmental Movement in the 1990's and Beyond
461(2)
Health Care and AIDS, a Wired Nation, Mass-Culture Trends
463(8)
An Apprehensive Mood as a New Millennium Dawns
471(4)
Conclusion
475(1)
Selected Readings
476(3)
CHAPTER 16 A Sea of Troubles, Glimmers of Promise, as a New Century Dawns
479(32)
Five Judges Choose a President: The Disputed Election of 2000
479(3)
September 11, 2001: A Day That Changed America
482(2)
A New Kind of War: Mobilizing Against Terrorism
484(6)
IN PERSPECTIVE Balancing Freedom and Security
488(2)
War in Iraq
490(4)
Reconstruction and Resistance in Iraq, Uneasiness at Home
494(5)
Battling Terrorism Worldwide
499(1)
Recession and Corporate Scandals
500(3)
The Bush Presidency: Serving God and Big Business
503(4)
Conclusion
507(1)
Selected Readings
508(3)
Index 511(33)
Credits 544


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