Interpretations of American History, Volume 2: From Reconstruction Patterns & Perspectives

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  • Copyright: 2008-09-05
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Now in a new edition from Bedford/St. Martin's, Interpretations of American Historyoffers an essential collection of essays and readings on American historiography. Each chapter opens with an extended essay that explores the historiography specific to that chapter's topic, followed by two readings by preeminent historians that highlight different although not always diametrically opposed historical approaches. Fully updated for the next generation of scholars, the most respected historiographical reader now comes with all the care and quality that you expect from Bedford/St. Martin's.

Author Biography

Francis G. Couvares is the E. Dwight Salmon Professor of History and American Studies at Amherst College. He is the author of The Remaking of Pittsburgh: Class and Culture in an Industrializing City 1877-1919 (1984) and editor of Movie Censorship and American Culture, Second Edition (2006).

Martha Saxton is an Associate Professor of History and Women's and Gender Studies and the Elizabeth Bruss Reader at Amherst College. She has written biographies of Louisa May Alcott and Jayne Mansfield, as well as Being Good: Women’s Moral Values In Early America (2003), and numerous essays on women in early America.

Founding editors of Interpretations of American History Gerald N. Grob and George Athan Billias are Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine Emeritus at Rutgers University and Hyatt Professor of History Emeritus at Clark University, respectively.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Introduction to U.S. Historiographyp. 1
The Reconstruction Era: How Large Its Scope?p. 25
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 [1988]p. 40
Reconstructing Race [2003]p. 48
The Triumph of Capitalism: Efficiency or Class War?p. 55
The Role of Business in the United States: A Historical Survey [1969]p. 72
Industrializing America [1995]p. 86
American Imperialism: Economic Expansion or Ideological Crusade?p. 96
That "Splendid Little War" in Historical Perspective [1968]p. 108
The Image of Enemy and Ally [1974]p. 116
Immigration: American Assimilation or Transnational Race-Making?p. 127
Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 [1995]p. 142
Transnational Ties [2000]p. 153
The Progressive Movement: Elitist or Democratic?p. 165
The Historical Foundations of Women's Power in the Creation of the American Welfare State, 1880-1920 [1993]p. 180
Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age [1998]p. 187
The New Deal: Revolution or Restoration?p. 207
The Achievement of the New Deal [1985]p. 222
Struggles for Justice [1991]p. 234
The Cold War and Beyond: Stability, Hegemony, Chaos?p. 246
We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History [1997]p. 264
The New International History of the Cold War: Three (Possible) Paradigms [2000]p. 276
The Civil Rights Movement: New Directionsp. 287
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Spirit of Leadership [1987]p. 307
We Gotta Make This Our Mississippi [2003]p. 316
Second Wave Feminism: How Inclusive?p. 325
The Road to Equality, 1962-Today [2000]p. 338
Re-Visioning the Women's Liberation Movement's Narrative [2001]p. 352
The New Right: Rise . . . and Fall?p. 366
The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South [2006]p. 381
Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America [1988]p. 396
Indexp. 409
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