American Promise: A History of the United States: Volume C: From 1900 / Edition 4

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312470012
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 8.49 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

N.B. — Each chapter ends with a selected Bibliography and Reviewing the Chapter sections.

21. Progressivism from the Grass Roots to the White House, 1890–1916

OPENING VIGNETTE: Jane Addams founds Hull House

Grassroots Progressivism

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: Protecting the World’s Workers: The National Consumers’ League

Progressivism: Theory and Practice

Progressivism Finds a President: Theodore Roosevelt

THE PROMISE OF TECHNOLOGY: Flash Photography and the Birth of Photojournalism

HISTORICAL QUESTION: Progressives and Conservation: Should Hetch Hetchy Be Dammed or Saved?

Progressivism Stalled

Woodrow Wilson and Progressivism at High Tide

The Limits of Progressive Reform

Conclusion: The Transformation of the Liberal State

22. World War I: The Progressive Crusade at Home and Abroad, 1914–1920

OPENING VIGNETTE: General Pershing struggles to protect the autonomy of the American Expeditionary Force

Woodrow Wilson and the World

"Over There"

HISTORICAL QUESTION: What Did the Doughboys Find in France?

GLOBAL COMPARISON: Casualties of the First World War

The Crusade for Democracy at Home


A Compromised Peace

Democracy at Risk


Conclusion: Troubled Crusade

23. From New Era to Great Depression, 1920–1932

OPENING VIGNETTE: Henry Ford puts America on wheels

The New Era

THE PROMISE OF TECHNOLOGY: Household Appliances: Laborsaving Devices for Women?

The Roaring Twenties

HISTORICAL QUESTION: Was There a Sexual Revolution in the 1920s?

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: A Place of One’s Own: The Quest for Home Ownership

Resistance to Change

The Great Crash

Life in the Depression

Conclusion: Dazzle and Despair

24. The New Deal Experiment, 1932–1939

OPENING VIGNETTE: The Bonus Army marches into Washington, D.C.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Patrician in Government

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: Fascism: Adolf Hitler and National Socialism

Launching the New Deal

Challenges to the New Deal

Toward a Welfare State

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: Textile Workers Strike for Better Wages and Working Conditions

The New Deal from Victory to Deadlock

GLOBAL COMPARISON: National Populations and Economies, circa 1938

Conclusion: Achievements and Limitations of the New Deal

25. The United States and the Second World War, 1939–1945

OPENING VIGNETTE: Colonel Paul Tibbets drops the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan

Peacetime Dilemmas

The Onset of War

Mobilizing for War


GLOBAL COMPARISON: Weapons Produced by the Axis and Allied Powers during World War II

Fighting Back

The Wartime Home Front

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: Nazi Anti–Semitism and the Atomic Bomb

Toward Unconditional Surrender

HISTORICAL QUESTION: Why Did the Allies Win World War II?

Conclusion: Allied Victory and America’s Emergence as a Superpower

26. Cold War Politics in the Truman Years, 1945–1953

OPENING VIGNETTE: Helen Gahagan Douglas, congresswoman and loyal Truman ally, supports the Marshall Plan, the creation of NATO, and the war in Korea

From the Grand Alliance to Containment


Truman and the Fair Deal at Home

HISTORICAL QUESTION: What Happened to Rosie the Riveter?

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: The GI Bill Transforms Higher Education

The Cold War Becomes Hot: Korea

Conclusion: The Cold War’s Costs and Consequences

27. The Politics and Culture of Abundance, 1952–1960

OPENING VIGNETTE: Vice President Nixon and Russian premier Khrushchev debate the merits of U.S. and Soviet societies

Eisenhower and the Politics of the "Middle Way"

Liberation Rhetoric and the Practice of Containment

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: Operation Pedro Pan: Young Political Refugees Take Flight

New Work and Living Patterns in an Economy of Abundance


The Culture of Abundance

GLOBAL COMPARISON: The Baby Boom in International Perspective

Emergence of a Civil Rights Movement


Conclusion: Peace and Prosperity Mask Unmet Challenges

28. Reform, Rebellion, and Reaction, 1960–1974

OPENING VIGNETTE: Fannie Lou Hamer leads grassroots struggles of African Americans for voting rights and political empowerment

Liberalism at High Tide

The Second Reconstruction

A Multitude of Movements



The New Wave of Feminism

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: Transnational Feminisms

Liberal Reform in the Nixon Administration

Conclusion: Achievements and Limitations of Liberalism

29. Vietnam and the Limits of Power, 1961–1975

OPENING VIGNETTE: American GIs arrive in Vietnam

New Frontiers in Foreign Policy

Lyndon Johnson’s War against Communism

HISTORICAL QUESTION: Why Couldn’t the United States Bomb Its Way to Victory in Vietnam?

THE PROMISE OF TECHNOLOGY: The Military Helicopter

A Nation Polarized

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: 1968: A Year of Protest

Nixon, Detente, and the Search for Peace in Vietnam

Conclusion: An Unwinnable War

30. America Moves to the Right, 1969–1989

OPENING VIGNETTE: Phyllis Schlafly promotes conservatism

Nixon and the Rise of Postwar Conservatism

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: A Mother Campaigns for a Say in Her Children’s Education

Constitutional Crisis and Restoration

The "Outsider" Presidency of Jimmy Carter

GLOBAL COMPARISON: Energy Consumption per Capita, 1980

Ronald Reagan and the Conservative Ascendancy


Continuing Struggles over Rights

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: Protecting Gay and Lesbian Rights

Ronald Reagan Confronts an "Evil Empire"

Conclusion: Reversing the Course of Government

31. The End of the Cold War and the Challenges of Globalization, Since 1989

OPENING VIGNETTE: Colin Powell adjusts to a post–Cold War world

Domestic Stalemate and Global Upheaval: The Presidency of George H. W. Bush

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: Suing for Access: Disability Rights and the Courts

The Clinton Administration’s Search for the Middle Ground

The United States in a Globalizing World

GLOBAL COMPARISON: Countries with the Highest Military Expenditures, 2005


BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: Jobs in a Globalizing Era

President George W. Bush: Conservatism at Home and Radical Initiatives Abroad

Conclusion: Defining the Government’s Role at Home and Abroad


I. Documents

II. Facts and Figures: Government, Economy, and Demographics

III. Research Resources in U.S. History


Atlas of the Territorial Growth of the United States

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