Clashes of Will: Great Confrontations That Have Shaped Modern America / Edition 1

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Clashes of Wills is a collection of essays that explore the great confrontations of the United States since 1877, looking at eleven areas of controversy that are part of today's news, but whose sources lie in the past.

By focusing on well-known people who represent these issues, the book creates stories that are selective, focused, and coherent, to paint a portrait of the United States in the past century and a half.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321164384
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/24/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 60,030
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


1. I Never Do Wrong Without a Cause.
Geronimo, George Crook, Nelson A. Miles, and the Ownership of America.

2. A Dance of Skeletons Bathed in Human Tears.

George Pullman, Eugene Debs, and the Railway Strike of 1894.

3. Cast Down Your Bucket Where You Are.

Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Black Equality.

4. Damn-Dam-Damnation.

John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Environment.

5. The World Must Be Made Safe for Democracy.

Woodrow Wilson, Henry Cabot Lodge, and America's Place Among Nations.

6. Ill-Housed, Ill-Clad, Ill-Nourished.

Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Welfare State.

7. All the Evil of the Times.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, Edward Teller, and the Bomb.

8. No Substitute for Victory.

Harry S Truman, Douglas MacArthur, and the Korean War.

9. What in the Name of God Have We Come To?

Richard M. Nixon, Daniel Ellsberg, and the Pentagon Papers.

10. Men Are Not the Enemy.

Betty Friedan, Phyllis Schlafly, and the Equal Rights Amendment.

11. Race Unfortunately Still Matters.

Sandra Day O'Connor, Clarence Thomas, and Affirmative Action.

General Bibliography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2005

    'CLASHES OF WILL' will keep you on the edge of your seat!!

    If more books about american history were written like 'Clashes of Will,' more people would be reading books about american history. This volume consist of eleven chapters. Each chapter is about a struggle between powerful, committed individuals over events and issues which have shaped our society and culture. Authors John Broesamle and Anthony Arthur bring these issues and events to life through brilliantly written personality portraits of the main characters and the times in which they lived. The authors have carefully and fairly presented both sides of each controversy. The genius of this book is that most of the issues presented are as controversial and current today as they were long ago. The chapter entitled, ¿What In The Name Of God Have We Come To?¿ (a quote by Richard Nixon taken from his secret White House tapes) is about the struggle between two deeply flawed men, Nixon and Daniel Elsberg, over the Pentagon Papers. It is about a president and his administration's attempt to silence and discredit a single individual willing to sacrifice everything to tell the truth to the american people about an ill- advised war-a truth that will compromise our will to win the war. Does that sound familiar? Roderick Greene

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2005

    Finally -- a book to make you love history!

    Finally, a book for people who were never taught to love history. The characters materialize as though from fiction, yet everything is true. Readers who want to understand America's dilemmas today should start here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2005

    Critical Issues in Disputel

    This is a splendid volume both for students and informed general readers. Professors of History and English, the authors are fully qualified to meet the ambitious goals they set for themselves. Broesamle's latest volume is a prize-winning book on the cycles of reform and reaction in America Arthur is currently completing what will be the most authoratative biography of Upton Sinclair. Broesamle & Arthur relate and analyze many of the most controversial and consequential issues facing the ation in the twentieth century through exploring the ideas and arguments of prominent individuals. The approach is very effective and rewarding. It serves not only to focus and shape the debates involving complex and amorphous subjects, but it also gives them a human face. The reader is further enriched by the fact that the authors are not serving up pop or pablum. Instead, Broesamle & Arthur present sophisticated essays based on the most recent and best scholarship in jargon-free, elegant prose fully accessible to the intelligent reader. Deftly capturing the passion and intensity generated by fundamental disagreements over matters vital to the nation, culture, and society, the volume enlightens the debate without taking sides and with the appropriate scholarly detachment. Readers will differ over which subjects and which essays they find the most appealing. They will not differ over the quality of the entire menu they're offered. Consider the list: Geronimo and Generals Crook and Miles over American land ownership Pullman vs. Debs on labor rights Washington and DuBois on black-white race relations Muir vs. Roosevelt concerning environmental policy Wilson and Lodge on post-World War I American foreign policy Hoover pitted against Roosevelt over the welfare state Oppenheimer vs. Teller concerning nuclear weaponry Truman and MacArthur and the Korean War the Nixon vs. Ellsburg dispute over the Pentagon Papers Freidan against Schlafly on ERA and, finally,, O'Connor and Thomas about affirmative action. To read these excellent essays on such ground-shaking, momentous matters remainds us that deep-sear conflict has been a mainstay of American society. We are a poeple of conflict, but as long as we continue openly to debate that which divides us, relaying on the power of ideas and words, not force and violence, we reaffirm our basic consensus that our democratic nation can, indeed must, endure. In that sense, Broesamle & Arthur's underlying message is a positive and reassuring one. More troubled and divided today over policies at home and abroad than memory records, the nation's very future appears clouded. The past and detached analysis often serve to provide needed perspective to a disturbed and distracted people. With their first-rate volume, Broesamle & Arthur have provided us with that much-needed succor. They are to be thanked and congratulated. Paul A. C. Koistinen Emeritus Professor of History

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