The United States Since 1945 A Documentary Reader

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-24
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Encompassing political, social, and cultural issues, this primary source reader allows students to hear the voices of the past, giving a richer understanding of American society since 1945. Comprises over 50 documents, which incorporate political, social, and cultural history and encompass the viewpoints of ordinary people as well a variety of leaders An extended introduction explains to students how to think and work like historians by using primary sources Includes both written texts and photographs Headnotes contextualize the documents and questions encourage students to engage critically with the sources

Author Biography

Robert P. Ingalls is Professor of History at the University of South Florida, and author of Point of Order: A Profile of Senator Joe McCarthy (1981) and of Urban Vigilantes in the New South: Tampa, 1882-1936 (1993). In addition he is co-author (with Louis Perez) of Tampa Cigar Workers: A Pictorial History (2003) and (with Susan Fernandez) of Sunshine in the Dark: Florida in the Movies (2006).

David K. Johnson is Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Florida and author of The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government (2003). He is winner of a 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award as well as the 2005 Herbert Hoover and Randy Shilts book awards.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. x
Series Editors' Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Origins of the Cold Warp. 13
The Atomic Bomb (1945)p. 13
The Policy of Containment (1947)p. 17
The Truman Doctrine (1947)p. 21
A Critique of Truman's Policies (1946)p. 24
A Soviet View of US Policy (1946)p. 27
The Prosecution of American Communists (1949)p. 31
The Red Scare (1950)p. 35
The Lavender Scare (1950)p. 37
A Defense of Civil Liberties (1952)p. 40
Postwar Society and Culturep. 43
The Growth of Suburbia (1949)p. 43
A Critique of Suburbia (1962)p. 43
Consumer Culture and the Home (1947)p. 49
Women's Roles (1950)p. 50
Men's Roles (1956)p. 54
The Beat Generation (1956)p. 58
The Black Freedom Strugglep. 62
A Protest against Bus Segregation (1954)p. 62
The Southern Manifesto (1956)p. 64
Remembering the Sit-In Demonstrations (1998)p. 66
Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nonviolent Direct Action (1963)p. 72
Women in the Civil Rights Movement (1964)p. 77
Black Nationalism (1964)p. 80
Economic Justice (1966)p. 84
Vietnamp. 88
The "Falling Domino" Principle (1954)p. 88
Escalation of the War (1964)p. 89
A Defense of the War (1965)p. 91
Experiencing the War (1965-70)p. 94
The Tet Offensive (1968)p. 101
Kent State Shootings (1970)p. 102
Vietnam Veterans Against the War (1971)p. 103
Politics and Protest in the 1960sp. 107
The Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)p. 107
Young Americans for Freedom (1960)p. 109
Students for a Democratic Society (1962)p. 110
The Hippie Counterculture (1967)p. 114
The Great Society (1965)p. 117
Cesar Chavez and la Causa (1966)p. 120
The American Indian Movement (2004)p. 123
Environmental Awareness (1962)p. 126
The Environmental Movement (1971)p. 131
Gender and Sexuality in the 1960s and 1970sp. 135
Second Wave Feminism (1963)p. 135
The National Organization for Women (1966)p. 140
Radical Feminism (1973)p. 144
The Gay Liberation Movement (1969)p. 148
Abortion Rights (1973)p. 152
Opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment (1977)p. 159
The Pro-Family Movement (1977)p. 162
Conservative Ascendancep. 167
The 1968 Election (1968)p. 167
The Crisis of Confidence (1979)p. 170
The Religious Right (1980)p. 173
A Critique of the Religious Right (1982)p. 176
The Second American Revolution (1985)p. 180
Life in the Rust Belt (1987)p. 184
The Iran-Contra Investigation (1987)p. 187
The End of Big Government (1996)p. 193
Society in the New Millenniump. 198
Recent Immigration (2006)p. 198
Organized Labor and "Undocumented" Immigrants (2000)p. 203
Affirmative Action (2003)p. 206
The Culture Wars (2003)p. 211
Family Income (1947-2003)p. 216
Hurricane Katrina: A View from New Orleans (2005)p. 218
Hurricane Katrina: A View from the White House (2006)p. 220
The War on Terrorism (2007)p. 224
The Internet and Political Activism (2004)p. 225
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 236
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