A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America / Edition 7

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This anthology presents cogent, provocative articles from differing political perspectives on major issues in postwar America. In addition to articles by leading historians, the editors have assembled first-person accounts of various issues by those who have contributed to the shaping of America's rich history, including Joseph McCarthy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bill Clinton. This fifth edition has been considerably revised to incorporate up-to-date articles on the most significant issues facing contemporary America, including essays on affirmative action, Generation X, and the crises of post-Cold War foreign policy.

"The best reader on the postwar period." Paul Spickard

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195320367
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/13/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Chafe is Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History, former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Vice-Provost of Undergraduate Education at Duke University.

Harvard Sitkoff is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire.

Beth Bailey is Professor of History at Temple University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Cold War Abroad and at Home 1
The Cold War Begins 6
The Necessity for Containment (1946) 13
The Truman Doctrine (1947) 19
NSC-68: A Report to the National Security Council (1950) 23
HUAC Investigates Hollywood (1947) 28
The Internal Communist Menace (1950) 37
The Venona Project and Atomic Espionage 40
Pt. 2 The Politics of the Affluent Society 57
Visions of Classlessness, Quests for Dominion 60
A Revisionist View of Eisenhower 78
Inaugural Address (1961) 93
"The Great Society": Remarks at the University of Michigan (1964) 97
Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism 102
Pt. 3 Civil Rights and Racial Justice 117
Brown v. Board of Education (1954) 121
Declaration of Constitutional Principles: The Southern Manifesto (1956) 126
So Much History, So Much Future: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Second Coming of America 130
A Lunch-Counter Sit-In in Jackson, Mississippi (1968) 146
From Protest to Politics (1965) 151
What We Want, What We Believe, (1966) 161
Chicano! 165
Proclamation (1969) 173
Pt. 4 Struggles Over Gender and Sexual Liberation 177
The Creation of a Feminist Consciousness 180
No More Miss America (1968) 198
Soy Chicana Primero (1971) 202
What's Wrong with "Equal Rights" for Women? (1972) 207
Roe v. Wade (1973) 217
Gay Is Good (1970) 222
Sexual Revolution(s) 227
Pt. 5 The Vietnam War 247
We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young 250
March on Washington: The War Must Be Stopped (1965) 260
"Dump Johnson" 263
Vietnam Veterans against the War (1971) 275
Letter to the Draftboard (1969) 280
In Retrospect 285
The Genuine Lessons of the Vietnam War 290
Pt. 6 Years of Polarization 295
The Port Huron Statement (1962) 298
The Sharon Statement (1960) 304
Counterculture 307
You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows (1969) 321
The Forgotten American (1969) 325
Watergate 338
Pt. 7 An Era of Transformation 351
How the Seventies Changed America 355
The Religious Right and the New Republican Party 366
"The Second American Revolution" (1985) 374
Reganomics in Retrospect 380
We, the American Foreign Born (1993) 394
The Clinton Impeachment Inquiry and Trial (1998-1999) 404
Supreme Injustice 412
Pt. 8 Facing the New Millennium 419
The New Economy Index and America's Metropolitan Areas 423
A Racialist's Census 431
Our Gigantic Experiment with Planet Earth 438
From the Persian Gulf War to 9/11/2001: Confronting a New World Order 443
In the Ruins of the Future: Reflections on Terror and Loss in the Shadow of September (2001) 459
Suggestions for Further Reading 471
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