Events That Changed America in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

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Overview

Unprecedented changes mark the American experience in the twentieth century—global and contained wars, great technological innovations, and enormous social changes. To help students better understand the major developments in this tumultuous century and our future direction as a nation, it is imperative to reflect on the century's seminal events and their lasting impact. Designed for students, this unique resource offers detailed description and expert analysis of the most important twentieth century events in America: Progressivism, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the development of atomic energy, the Cold War, the Civil Rights and women's rights movements, the rise of television, the Vietnam War, and the Reagan revolution.

Each of the ten events is dealt with in a separate chapter. A unique format features an introductory essay that presents the facts, followed by an interpretive essay that places the event in a broader context and promotes student analysis. The introductory essay provides factual material about the event in a clear, concise, chronological manner that makes complex history understandable. The interpretive essay, written by a recognized authority in the field in a style designed to appeal to a general readership, assesses the event in terms of its political, economic, sociocultural, and international/diplomatic significance. Some essays validate the norm, while others challenge conventional wisdom; all reflect the most recent scholarship concerning the event. Each interpretive essay is followed by an annotated bibliography that identifies the most important and most recent scholarship about the event. A photo of each event offers a visual component to the narrative. A timeline of important events in twentieth-century American history, glossary of names, events, and terms, and list of twentieth-century Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and Secretaries of State complete the work. This work is perfect for the high school, community college, and undergraduate library reference shelf and as supplementary reading in social studies and world history courses.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-The events referred to in the title include both world wars, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights movement, the cold war, etc. Each section is presented in two parts-an introduction and an interpretive essay. The introductions read like the pages of any encyclopedia and contain just that kind of information. The purpose of the interpretive essays is less clear. Mostly, they expound upon the facts by adding some social context, such as the Victory gardens planted during World War II or the law suits brought against the manufacturers of "Agent Orange" following the Vietnam War. However, they do not succeed in framing any of the events in a meaningful or enlightening fashion. Each section concludes with an annotated list for further reading. Many of the works cited are scholarly and likely to be found only in academic and large public libraries. All of this information can be found in any standard encyclopedia.-Andrew Parson, The New York Public Library
Booknews
A world history of the 20th century tackles the enormous changes in politics, society, and technology by focusing on ten seminal events, introducing the factual information and then following it with an interpretive analysis by a scholar in that field. The contributions address Progressivism, World War I, the Depression, World War II, atomic energy, the Cold War, the Civil Rights and women's rights movements, the rise of television, the Vietnam war, and the Reagan "revolution." The appendices include a glossary and timelines. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

JOHN E. FINDLING is co-editor of the Greewood Press "Events that Changed America" series and the Greenwood Press "Events that Changed the World" series, which includes Events That Changed The World In the Twentieth Century (Greenwood, 1995).

FRANK W. THACKERAY is co-editor of the Greenwood Press "Events That Changed America" series, and the Greenwood Press "Events that Changed the World" series, which includes Events That Changed The World In The Twentieth Century (Greenwood, 1995).

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
1 Progressivism, 1901-1914 1
Interpretive Essay 6
2 World War I, 1914-1918 21
Interpretive Essay 26
3 The Great Depression, 1929-c. 1939 41
Interpretive Essay 47
4 World War II, 1939-1945 61
Interpretive Essay 66
5 The Cold War, c. 1946-1991 81
Interpretive Essay 89
6 The Development of Atomic Energy, 1945-1995 105
Interpretive Essay 111
7 The Rise of Television, c. 1948-1995 125
Interpretive Essay 131
8 The Civil Rights Movement, c. 1954-Present 147
Interpretive Essay 153
9 The Vietnam War, c. 1950-1975 169
Interpretive Essay 176
10 The Reagan Revolution, 1981-1989 191
Interpretive Essay 197
Appendix A: Glossary 209
Appendix B: Timeline 217
Appendix C: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Secretaries of State in the Twentieth Century 225
Index 227
About the Editors and Contributors 237
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