The American Story Volume 2 (Penguin Academics Series)

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-03
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The American Storypresents a balanced and manageable overview of the United States as an unfolding story of national development, integrating social and political history into a coherent and compelling narrative. Acknowledging the nation's rich diversity of class, race, gender, and ethnicity, this edition tells the story of the people who, through their collective and individual endeavors, have shaped the past through the demands historical events placed on them. This text, based on the bestsellingAmerica Past and Present, is presented in a highly affordable Penguin Academic format.

Author Biography

Robert A. Divine

Robert A. Divine, George W. Littlefield Professor Emeritus in American History at the University of Texas at Austin, received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1954. A specialist in American diplomatic history, he taught from 1954 to 1996 at the University of Texas, where he was honored by both the student association and the graduate school for teaching excellence. His extensive published work includes The Illusion of Neutrality (1962); Second Chance: The Triumph of Internationalism in America During World War II (1967); and Blowing on the Wind (1978). His most recent work is Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace (2000), a comparative analysis of twentieth-century American wars. He is also the author of Eisenhower and the Cold War (1981) and editor of three volumes of essays on the presidency of Lyndon Johnson. His book, The Sputnik Challenge (1993), won the Eugene E. Emme Astronautical Literature Award for 1993. He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and has given the Albert Shaw Lectures in Diplomatic History at Johns Hopkins University.


T. H. Breen

T. H. Breen, William Smith Mason Professor of American History at North­ western Uni­ versity, received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1968. He has taught at Northwestern since 1970. Breen’s major books include The Character of the Good Ruler: A Study of Puritan Political Ideas in New England (1974); Puritans and Adventurers: Change and Persistence in Early America (1980); Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution (1985); and, with Stephen Innes of the University of Virginia, “Myne Owne Ground”: Race and Freedom on Virginia’s Eastern Shore (1980). His Imagining the Past (1989) won the 1990 Historic Preservation Book Award. His most recent book is Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence (2004). In addition to receiving several awards for outstanding teaching at Northwestern, Breen has been the recipient of research grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the National Humanities Center, and the Huntington Library. He has served as the Fowler Hamilton Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford University (1987–1988), the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, Cambridge University (1990–1991), the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University (2000–2001), and was a recipient of the Humboldt Prize (Germany). He is currently completing a book tentatively entitled America ’s Insurgency: The People’s Revolution, 1774–1776.


George M. Fredrickson

George M. Fredrickson is Edgar E. Robinson Professor Emeritus of United States History at Stanford Uni­ versity. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Inner Civil War (1965), The Black Image in the White Mind (1971), and White Supremacy: A Comparative Study in American and South African History (1981), which won both the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award from Phi Beta Kappa and the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians. His most recent books are Black Liberation: A Comparative History of Black Ideologies in the United States and South Africa (1995); The Comparative Imagination: Racism, Nationalism, and Social Movements (1997); and Racism: A Short History (2002). He received his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard and has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowships, and a fellowship from the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. Before coming to Stanford in 1984, he taught at Northwestern. He has also served as Fulbright lecturer in American History at Moscow University and as the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford. He served as president of the Organization of American Historians in 1997–1998.


R. Hal Williams

R. Hal Williams is professor of history at Southern Methodist University. He received his A.B. from Prince­ ton Uni­ versity in 1963 and his Ph.D. from Yale Uni­ versity in 1968. His books include The Democratic Party and California Politics, 1880–1896 (1973); Years of Decision: American Politics in the 1890s (1978); and The Manhattan Project: A Documentary Introduction to the Atomic Age (1990). A specialist in American political history, he taught at Yale University from 1968 to 1975 and came to SMU in 1975 as chair of the Department of History. From 1980 to 1988, he served as dean of Dedman College, the school of humanities and sciences, at SMU, where he is currently dean of Research and Graduate Studies. In 1980, he was a visiting professor at University College, Oxford University. Williams has received grants from the American Philosophical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has served on the Texas Committee for the Humanities. He is currently working on a study of the presidential election of 1896 and a biography of James G. Blaine, the late-nineteenth-century speaker of the House, secretary of state, and Republican presidential candidate.


Ariela J. Gross

Ariela J. Gross is Professor of Law and History at the University of Southern Cali­ fornia. She received her B.A. from Harvard University, her J.D. from Stanford Law School, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is the author of Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom (2000) and ­ numerous law review articles and book chapters, including “‘Caucasian Cloak’: Mexican Americans and the Politics of Whiteness in the Twentieth-Century Southwest” in the Georgetown Law Journal (2006). Her current work in progress, What Blood Won’t Tell: Racial Identity on Trial in America, to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council for Learned Societies.


H. W. Brands

H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of numerous works of history and ­ international affairs, including The Devil We Knew: Americans and the Cold War (1993), Into the Labyrinth: The United States and the Middle East (1994), The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s (1995), TR: The Last Romantic (a biography of Theodore Roosevelt) (1997), What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy (1998), The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (2000), The Strange Death of American Liberalism (2001), The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream (2002), Woodrow Wilson (2003), and Andrew Jackson (2005). His writing has received critical and popular acclaim; The First American was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller. He lectures frequently across North America and in Europe. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Atlantic Monthly. He is a regular guest on radio and television, and has participated in several historical documentary films.

Table of Contents

Mapsp. xiv
Figuresp. xv
Tablesp. xvi
Prefacep. xxii
The Agony of Reconstructionp. 385
The President Versus Congressp. 386
Reconstructing Southern Societyp. 394
Retreat from Reconstructionp. 399
Reunion and the New Southp. 403
Henry McNeal Turner and the "Unfinished Revolution"p. 407
The Westp. 409
Beyond the Frontierp. 410
Crushing the Native Americansp. 411
Settlement of the Westp. 417
The Bonanza Westp. 422
The Meaning of the Westp. 430
The Industrial Societyp. 433
Industrial Developmentp. 434
An Empire on Railsp. 435
An Industrial Empirep. 440
The Sellersp. 447
The Wage Earnersp. 448
Industrialization's Benefits and Costsp. 455
Toward an Urban Society, 1877-1900p. 457
The Lure of the Cityp. 458
Social and Cultural Change, 1877-1900p. 465
The Stirrings of Reformp. 476
The Pluralistic Societyp. 481
Political Realignments in the 1890sp. 483
Politics of Stalematep. 484
Republicans in Power: The Billion-Dollar Congressp. 489
The Rise of the Populist Movementp. 491
The Crisis of the Depressionp. 495
Changing Attitudesp. 499
The Presidential Election of 1896p. 502
The McKinley Administrationp. 506
A Decade's Dramatic Changesp. 508
Toward Empirep. 510
America Looks Outwardp. 512
War with Spainp. 518
Outcome of the War with Spainp. 532
The Progressive Erap. 534
The Changing Face of Industrialismp. 536
Society's Massesp. 540
Conflict in the Workplacep. 548
A New Urban Culturep. 552
A Ferment of Discovery and Reformp. 557
From Roosevelt to Wilson in the Age of Progressivismp. 559
The Spirit of Progressivismp. 561
Reform in the Cities and Statesp. 568
The Republican Rooseveltp. 571
Roosevelt Progressivism at Its Heightp. 574
The Ordeal of William Howard Taftp. 577
Woodrow Wilson's New Freedomp. 583
The Fruits of Progressivismp. 587
The Nation at Warp. 590
A New World Powerp. 592
Foreign Policy Under Wilsonp. 596
Toward Warp. 598
Over Therep. 604
Over Herep. 606
The Treaty of Versaillesp. 611
Postwar Disillusionmentp. 616
Transition to Modern Americap. 618
The Second Industrial Revolutionp. 619
City Life in the Jazz Agep. 623
The Rural Counterattackp. 628
Politics of the 1920sp. 634
The Old and the Newp. 638
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Dealp. 640
The Great Depressionp. 641
Fighting the Depressionp. 644
Roosevelt and Reformp. 652
Impact of the New Dealp. 655
End of the New Dealp. 660
Evaluation of the New Dealp. 663
America and the World, 1921-1945p. 665
Retreat, Reversal, and Rivalryp. 666
The Road to Warp. 672
Turning the Tide Against the Axisp. 676
The Home Frontp. 680
Victoryp. 686
The Transforming Power of Warp. 691
The Onset of the Cold Warp. 693
The Cold War Beginsp. 694
Containmentp. 697
The Cold War Expandsp. 702
The Cold War at Homep. 706
Eisenhower Wages the Cold Warp. 713
The Continuing Cold Warp. 718
Affluence and Anxietyp. 721
The Postwar Boomp. 723
Farewell to Reformp. 729
The Struggle over Civil Rightsp. 732
The Continuing Civil Rights Movementp. 736
The Turbulent Sixtiesp. 739
Kennedy Intensifies the Cold Warp. 741
The New Frontier at Homep. 747
"Let Us Continue"p. 762
Johnson Escalates the Vietnam Warp. 758
Years of Turmoilp. 763
The Return of Richard Nixonp. 768
The End of an Erap. 770
The Rise of a New Conservatism, 1969-1988p. 772
The Tempting of Richard Nixonp. 774
The Economy of Stagflationp. 779
Private Lives, Public Issuesp. 784
Politics and Diplomacy after Watergatep. 789
The Reagan Revolutionp. 794
Reagan and the Worldp. 799
Challenging the New Dealp. 803
To the Twenty-First Century, 1989-2009p. 805
The First President Bushp. 807
The Changing Faces of Americap. 811
The New Democratsp. 817
Clinton and the Worldp. 822
Republicans Triumphantp. 825
Old Issues, New Challengesp. 834
The Vulnerabilities of Powerp. 839
Appendixp. A-1
The Declaration of Independencep. A-1
The Constitution of the United States of Americap. A-4
Amendments to the Constitutionp. A-11
Recommended Readingp. A-18
Suggested Web Sitesp. A-36
Creditsp. C-1
Indexp. I-l
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