America's History: Volume 2: Since 1865

Overview

"How did that happen?" students wonder about their past. America’s History provides a clear explanation. Instructors rely on America’s History to help them teach that history matters — this means helping their students understand not only what happened, but also why. For the new, sixth edition, the authors took a hard look at all aspects of their text, considered what worked and what didn’t, and crafted a broad revision plan that demonstrates, once again, their unmatched commitment to America’s History. The hallmark of the revision is a thorough reconsideration of the post-1945 period that incorporates new scholarship and makes sense of the recent past, but America’s History, Sixth Edition offers much more. This includes additional narrative changes in both volumes, a new in-text feature program based on written and visual primary documents in every chapter, and a host of new and improved pedagogic features. With its clear exposition, insightful analysis and in-text sources, America’s History, gives instructors and students everything they need.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312588564
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan Higher Education
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 688
  • File size: 51 MB
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Meet the Author

JAMES A. HENRETTA is Priscilla Alden Burke Professor of American History at the University of Maryland, College Park. His publications include The Evolution of American Society, 1700–1815: An Interdisciplinary Analysis; "Salutary Neglect": Colonial Administration under the Duke of Newcastle; Evolution and Revolution: American Society, 1600–1820; The Origins of American Capitalism; and an edited volume, Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States, 1750–1850. His most recent publication is a long article, "Charles Evans Hughes and the Strange Death of Liberal America," (Law and History Review, 2006), derived from his ongoing research on The Liberal State in New York, 1820–1975.

DAVID BRODY is professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Steelworkers in America; Workers in Industrial America: Essays on the 20th Century Struggle; and In Labor’s Cause: Main Themes on the History of the American Worker. His current research is on labor law and workplace regimes during the Great Depression.

LYNN DUMENIL is Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She has written The Modern Temper: American Culture and Society in the 1920s and Freemasonry and American Culture: 1880–1930. Her articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of American History; the Journal of American Ethnic History: Reviews in American History; and the American Historical Review.

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Table of Contents


15. Reconstruction, 1865–1877


Presidential Reconstruction


Radical Reconstruction


The Undoing of Reconstruction


Comparing American Voices: Freedom


Reading American Pictures: Why Sharecropping?


Voices from Abroad: David Macrae: The Devastated South


Part IV. A Maturing Industrial Society, 1877–1914


16. The American West


The Great Plains


The Far West


Comparing American Voices: Becoming White


Reading American Pictures: Uncovering the Culture of the Plains Indians


Voices from Abroad: Baron Joseph Alexander von Hubner: A Western Boom Town


17. Capital and Labor in the Age of Enterprise, 1877–1900


Industrial Capitalism Triumphant


The World of Work


The Labor Movement


Comparing American Voices: Working Women


Reading American Pictures: The Killing Floor: Site of America’s Mass Production Revolution?


Voices from Abroad: Count Vay de Vaya und Luskod: Pittsburgh Inferno


18. The Industrial City: Building It, Living In It


Urbanization


Upper Class/Middle Class


City Life


Comparing American Voices: Coming to America: The Downside


Reading American Pictures: Challenging Female Delicacy: The New Woman


Voices from Abroad: Jose Mart’: Coney Island, 1881


19. Politics in the Age of Enterprise, 1877–1896


The Politics of the Status Quo, 1877–1893


Politics and the People


Race and Politics in the New South


The Crisis of American Politics: The 1890s


Comparing American Voices: "Negro Domination!"


Reading American Pictures: Parties and People: How Democratic Was American Politics?


Voices from Abroad: Ernst Below: Beer and German American Politics


20. The Progressive Era, 1900–1914


The Course of Reform


Progressivism and National Politics


Comparing American Voices: The Triangle Fire


Reading American Pictures: Reining in Big Business? Cartoonists Join the Battle


Voices from Abroad: James Bryce: America in 1905: "Business Is King"


21. An Emerging World Power, 1877–1914


The Roots of Expansion


An American Empire


Onto the World Stage


Comparing American Voices: Debating the Philippines


Reading American Pictures: Imperial Dilemmas


Voices from Abroad: Jean Hess, Emile Zola, and Ruben Dario: American Goliath


Part V. The Modern State and Society, 1914–1945


22. War and the American State, 1914–1920


Great War, 1914–1918


War on the Home Front


An Unsettled Peace, 1919–1920


Comparing American Voices: The Great Migration


Reading American Pictures: "Over Here": Women’s Wartime Opportunities


Voices from Abroad: A German Propaganda Appeal to Black Soldiers


23. Modern Times, 1920–1932


Business–Government Partnership of the 1920s


A New National Culture


Redefining American Identity


The Onset of the Great Depression


Comparing American Voices: The Scopes Trial


Reading American Pictures: Patrolling the Texas Border


Voices from Abroad: Mary Agnes Hamilton: Breadlines and Beggars


24. Redefining Liberalism: The New Deal, 1933–1939


The New Deal Takes Over, 1933–1935


The Second New Deal, 1935–1938


The New Deal’s Impact on Society


Comparing American Voices: Ordinary People Respond to the New Deal


Reading American Pictures: Interpreting the Public Art of the New Deal


Voices from Abroad: Odette Keun: A Foreigner Looks at the Tennessee Valley Authority


25. The World at War, 1939–1945


The Road to War


Organizing for Victory


Life on the Home Front


Fighting and Winning the War


Comparing American Voices: Women in the Wartime Workplace


Reading American Pictures: "U.S. Political Propaganda on the Homefront during World War II"


Voices from Abroad: Monica Itoi Sone: Japanese Relocation


Part VI. The Age of Cold War Liberalism, 1945–1980


26. Cold War America, 1945–1960


The Cold War


Cold War Liberalism


"Modern Republicanism"


Comparing American Voices: Hunting Communists and Liberals


Reading American Pictures: Why a Cold War Space Race?


Voices from Abroad: Jean Monnet: Truman’s Generous Proposal


27. The Age of Affluence, 1945–1960


Economic Powerhouse


The Affluent Society


The Other America


Comparing American Voices: Challenging White Supremacy


Reading American Pictures: The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement


Voices from Abroad: Hanoch Bartov: Everyone Has a Car


28. The Liberal Consensus: Flaming Out, 1960–1968


John F. Kennedy and the Politics of Expectation


Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society


Into the Quagmire, 1960–1968


Coming Apart


1968: A Year of Shocks


Comparing American Voices: The Toll of War


Reading American Pictures: War and its Aftermath: Images of the Vietnam Conflict, 1968 and 1982


Voices from Abroad: Che Guevara: Vietnam and the World Freedom Struggle


29. Towards a Conservative America: The 1970s


The Nixon Years


Battling for Civil Rights: The Second State


Lean Years


Politics in the Wake of Watergate


Comparing American Voices: Debating the Equal Rights Amendment


Reading American Pictures: A Near–Meltdown at Three Mile Island, 1979


Voices from Abroad: Fei Xiaotong: America’s Crisis of Faith


Part VII. Entering a New Era: Conservatism, Globalization, Terrorism, 1980–2006


30. The Reagan Revolution and the End of the Cold War, 1980–2001


The Rise of Conservatism


The Reagan Presidency, 1981–1989


The Defeat of Communism and the Rise of a New World Order


The Clinton Presidency, 1993–2001


Comparing American Voices: Christianity and Public Life


Reading American Pictures: Image Warfare: Fighting to Define the Reagan Presidency


Voices from Abroad: Zhu Shida: China and the United States: A Unique Relationship


31. A Dynamic Economy, A Divided People, 1980–2000


America in a Global Economy and Society


New Technology


Culture Wars


Comparing American Voices: Cheap Labor: Immigration and Globalization


Reading American Pictures: The Abortion Debate Hits the Streets


Voices from Abroad: A U.S. Epidemic


32. Into the Twenty–First Century


The Advent of George W. Bush


American Hegemony Challenged


Unfinished Business


Comparing American Voices: The Stem Cell Research Controversy


Reading American Pictures: Conservatism at a Crossroads


Voices from Abroad: Abu Musab al–Zarqawi: A Strategy for the Iraq Insurgency

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