Visions of America A History of the United States, Volume 2

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Using images as primary historical evidence, "Visions of America "brings history alive for a generation of visual learners-and shows how conflicting visions of America have shaped our nation's past. "Visions of America "recognizes the value of using images to engage students in serious inquiry about the historical development of the United States. Visual images are critical primary sources, and using them effectively requires the development of key analytic skills. This new textbook revolutionizes the role of images in the history survey by integrating them into the narrative. The visual legacy of the nation's past also provides insight into the competing visions of America that have shaped American political culture. "Visions of America" explores the tensions and conflicts that have marked virtually every chapter of American history. It presents history as a dynamic, unpredictable, and dramatic process shaped by the choices made by people of all classes.

Author Biography

Jennifer D. Keene is a professor of history and chair of the History Department at Chapman University in Orange, California. Dr. Keene has published three books on the American involvement in the First World War: Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (2001)The United States and the First World War (2000); and World War I (2006).  She has received numerous fellowships for her research, including a Mellon Fellowship and Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to Australia and France.  She works closely with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute offering Teaching American History workshops for secondary school teachers throughout the country.


Edward T. O’Donnell is an Associate Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.  He is the author of many scholarly articles for journals such as The Journal of Urban History, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and The Public Historian, as well as several books, including Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum (Random House, 2003) and the forthcoming Talisman of a Lost Hope: Henry George and Gilded Age America (Columbia University Press). Since 2002, he has worked with more than ten Teaching American History grant programs.


Saul Cornell is a professor of History at Ohio State University and one of the nation’s leading legal and constitutional historians. His studies A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control  and The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828 were both nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  He has  published  articles in the Journal of American History,  the William and Mary Quarterly, American Studies, and the Law and History Review, among other journals.


Table of Contents

Wonder and Woe: The Rise of Industrial America, 1865-1900
Sources of the Industrial Revolution
The Railroads
Modern Business Practices
Rising Concern over Corporate Power
Andrew Carnegie: Making Steel and Transforming the Corporation
Rockefeller and the Rise of the Trust
Creating a Mass Market
The Art of Selling
Images As History Advertising and the Art of Cultivating Anxiety and Desire
Shopping as Experience: The Department Store
Bringing the Market to the Frontier
Selling to the World
The World of Work Transformed
The Impact of New Technology
Hard Times for Industrial Workers
Exploitation, Intimidation, and Conflict
Competing Visions The Legitimacy of Unions
New Roles and Opportunities for Women
Conflicting Visions of Industrial Capitalism
Capitalism Championed
Capitalism Criticized
Power in Numbers: Organized Labor
Choices And Consequences To Strike or Not to Strike?
The Great Upheaval of 1886
Chapter Review
Becoming a Modern Society: America in the Gilded Age, 1877-1900
To the Cities: Americans and Immigrants Spur Urban Growth
The Emergence of Ethnic Enclaves
The Troubled City
"Boss Rule": The Political Machine
Competing Visions How Best to Help the Poor?
A Search for Solutions
The Nativist Impulse
A Different View: Urban Reforms
Capturing a New View of Poverty: Jacob Riis and Housing Reform
Images As History Seeing the Poor
Living among the Poor: Settlement Houses
The White City
New Habits, Roles and Lifestyles
The New Urban Landscape
New Roles and Expectations for Woman
New Forms of Leisure and Popular Culture
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
The Challenge from Below
Out of Touch Politics
The People's Party
Industrial Conflict and Depression
Choices And Consequences The Pullman Strike
The Election of 1896 and Political Realignment
Chapter Review
The Progressive Era
The Origins of Progressive Reform
Rising Concerns and Common Ideals
Experts and Professionals
The Social Gospel
Urban and State Reforms
Attacking the Machine
Regulating Transit and Utility Monopolies
Direct Democracy
Choices And Consequences Representative or Direct Democracy?
Labor Legislation
The Darker Side of Progressivism
Moral Reform and Social Control
The Eugenics Movement
Images As History Promoting Racial Hygiene (Eugenics)
Failure of the Anti-Lynching Crusade
Progressivism in National Politics
Roosevelt the Reformer
Regulating Big Business
The Conservation Movement
Competing Visions The Battle of Hetch Hetchy
The Radical Challenge
Wilson's "New Freedom"
Women's Suffrage
Imperial America: The United States in the World, 1890-1914
Becoming a World Power
The Impulse for Expansion
European Imperialism
The Spanish-American War
The Growing Conflict with Spain
Images As History Atrocity Stories
The Decision to Intervene in Cuba
Fighting the War Against Spain
Creating an American Empire
The Debate Over Colonies
Competing Visions The White Man's Burden
The Philippine-American War
America and East Asia
The Open Door in China
Relations with Japan
Angel Island
Choices And Consequences The Legal Construction of "Whiteness"
In America's Backyard
The Panama Canal
The Roosevelt Corollary
Chapter Review
The Great War: World War I, 1914-1918
The War in Europe
The Perils of Neutrality
America Enters the War
Conflicting Views among the Allies on the War's Purpose
The War at Home
Gearing Up for War
Black Migration
Female Suffrage
Rallying the Public
Images As History Propaganda Posters
German Spies, Civil Liberties, and Immigrants
Fighting the War
Raising an Army
Choices And Consequences Alvin York, Deciding to Serve
"You're in the Army Now"
On the Western Front
Flu Epidemic
The Final Campaigns
The Paris Peace Conference
The Treaty Fight at Home
Competing Visions Joining the League of Nations
Chapter Review
A Turbulent Decade: The Twenties
Cars and Planes: The Promise of the Twenties
The Car Culture
On the Road
Welfare Capitalism and Consumer Culture
The Age of Flight: Charles A. Lindbergh
Cultural Turbulence
The Lost Generation
The First Red Scare and Immigration Restrictions
Racial Violence and Civil Rights
Lynching, Racial Rioting, and the Ku Klux Klan
Marcus Garvey
Competing Visions Debating Garveyism
The Harlem Renaissance
The New Woman
Life for Women in the Twenties
Images As History Advertising the New Woman
Margaret Sanger and the Fight for Birth Control
Ensuring Peace: Diplomacy in the Twenties
Choices And Consequences Preventing War in Europe
Wartime Debts
Chapter Review
A New Deal for America: The Great Depression, 1929-1940
Herbert Hoover
Economic Weaknesses in a Time of Prosperity
The Stock Market Crash of 1929
Hoover's Response to the Depression
Choices And Consequences Evicting the Bonus Marchers
A New President and a New Deal
FDR: The Politician
Managing Appearances
The Temper of the Poor: Passivity and Anger
Recovering from the Depression
Revamping Banking and Financial Institution
Father Charles Coughlin
Helping Industry and People
Putting People to Work
A New Deal for Farmers
Handling the Farm Crisis
Hitting the Road
Repatriating Mexican Immigrants
Images As History Migrant Mother, an American Icon
Reforms to Ensure Social Justice
The Challenge from Huey Long: "Share Our Wealth"
Social Security
Supporting Unions
Competing Visions Sharing the Wealth
The Resurgence of Labor
A New Deal for African Americans
The Supreme Court Weighs In
Chapter Review
World War II: Fighting the Good War, 1939-1945
The Approaching War
Fascism and Appeasement
The Arsenal of Democracy
War with Japan
On the Home Front
Images of the Enemy
Internment Camps
Competing Visions Civil Liberties and National Security Clash
Prosperity, Scarcity, and Opportunities for Women
Racial Discord
On the Front Lines
Defeat, Then Victory
Images As History Combat Photography
The Final Push in Europe
America's Response to the Holocaust
The Holocaust
Ending the Pacific War
Edging Closer to Japan
Dropping the Atomic Bomb
Choices And Consequences How to Use the Atomic Bomb
The Final Surrender
Chapter Review
A Divided World: The Early Cold War, 1945-1963
Origins of the Cold War
Differing Goals in the Postwar World
The American Vision Takes Shape: Kennan's Long Telegram
The Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan
The Berlin Airlift and NATO
Fighting Communism: Cold and Hot War
Communism Rising: 1949
The Korean War
Nuclear Fallout and Fear
Images As History Surviving an Atomic Bomb Blast
Fallout Shelters
Spies in Our Midst
The Second Red Scare
HUAC against Hollywood
Competing Visions Naming Names in Hollywood
Averting Nuclear War
The Berlin Wall
Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Choices And Consequences The Cuban Missile Crisis
Chapter Review
In a Land of Plenty: Contentment and Discord, 1945-1960
Securing the New Deal Legacy
The Labor Movement Curtailed
Presidential Agendas: Truman and Eisenhower
A Middle Class America
Postwar Prosperity
The Move to the Suburbs
Competing Visions Suburbs: American Dream or Nightmare?
Popular Culture in the Fifties
The Television Age Arrives
Teen Culture and Rock and Roll
The Beats
Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement
"Separate But Equal": Challenging Segregated Schools
Emmett Till
Images As History Inspiring a New Generation to Act
Choices And Consequences Rosa Parks Makes History
The Little Rock Nine, 1957
The Sit-ins
Chapter Review
A Nation Divided: The Vietnam War, 1945-1975
The Long Road to War
The Escalating Importance of Vietnam
Taking Over from the French
Debates within the Kennedy Administration
The Kennedy Assassination
The Gulf of Tonkin
Choices And Consequences Making Vietnam America's War
Fighting in Vietnam
The Bombing Campaign
On the Ground
The Tet Offensive
Images As History The Role of the Press in Vietnam
Controversy of the Home Front
The Antiwar Movement
My Lai
Competing Visions Who Was Responsible for the My Lai Massacre?
The Long Road to Peace
Seeking Peace with Honor
Vietnam: The War by the Numbers
Cambodia: Invasion and Outrage
Chapter Review
A Decade of Discord: The Challenge of the Sixties
The Liberal Moment
Kennedy and the New Frontier
A Liberal Court
Choices And Consequences Is School Prayer Constitutional?
The 1964 Election
Images As History Birmingham, 1963
March on Washington, 1963
Freedom Summer, 1964
Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965
The Liberal Revolution
Kennedy and the New Frontier
A Liberal Court
The 1964 Election
The Great Society
Nonviolence Triumphant: The Civil Rights Movement, 1960-1965
Kennedy and the Freedom Riders
Images As History Birmingham, 1963
March on Washington
Freedom Summer
Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965
The Fractured Left
The New Left and the Counterculture
Malcolm X: An Alternative to Nonviolence
Watts and Chicago
Black Power and the Black Panthers
Competing Visions Defining Black Power
Women's Liberation Movement
The End of an Era
The Faltering Civil Rights Movement
The Great Society Unravels
The Demise of the Counterculture
Keeping Protest Alive: Mexican Americans and Native Americans
Chapter Review
A Nation Adrift: America in the 1970s and 1980s
The Age of Limits
Frustration at Home and Overseas
The Watergate Scandal
Images As History Watergate through Political Cartoons
Ford and Carter: A Crisis of Presidential Leadership
A Weakened Presidency and an Ailing Economy
Defining American Foreign Policy After Vietnam
The Leadership Crisis Continues: Carter in the White House
New Paths in Foreign Affairs
Choices And Consequences Ending the Iranian Hostage Crisis
The Rights Revolution
The Equal Rights Amendment and Abortion Controversies
Competing Visions Defining the Ideal Woman
Gay Rights
The Rise of the Right
The New Conservative Coalition
The Reagan Presidency
Chapter Review
Modern Times: Living a Post-Cold War World
Changing Contours of American Society
Choices And Consequences Coming to America
Persian Gulf War
The Culture Wars
Competing Visions Liberalism on America's College Campuses
Images As History 9/11
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