This book is ideal for any introductory American history instructor who wants to make the subject more appealing. It's designed to supplement a main text, and focuses on "personalized history" presented through engaging biographies of famous and less-well-known figures from 1865 to the present. Historical patterns and trends appear as they are seen through individual lives, and the selection of profiled individuals reflects a cultural awareness and a multicultural perspective.
Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. After the Civil War; 2. Cowboys and Indians; 3. A Mosaic of American Life, 1875-1914; 4. The United States Government at Home and Abroad; 5. A Palette of Progressives; 6. World War I; 7. The 1920s; 8. The Great Depression Sets In; 9. Out of the Depression and Into War; 10. World War II; 11. From World War to Cold War; 12. American Culture and Society in the 1950s and 1960s; 13. In Love and War, 1961-1969; 14. Contemporary America: The Life and Times of Al Gore; About the Author.