Exploring America's Past: A Reader in Social, Political and Cultural History, 1865-Present

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This book presents some of the most significant social history to date in one single volume. Readers will find that Exploring America's Past is not only up to date, but also more inclusive and multicultural than other similar collections. The essays in this book concentrate on issues in America, ranging from freedom, to sexuality, to industry, to war, to minorities, to our youth culture, dance, and music. This comprehensive collection of essays will be ideal for U.S. history survey courses. Contents: Introduction...

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Overview

This book presents some of the most significant social history to date in one single volume. Readers will find that Exploring America's Past is not only up to date, but also more inclusive and multicultural than other similar collections. The essays in this book concentrate on issues in America, ranging from freedom, to sexuality, to industry, to war, to minorities, to our youth culture, dance, and music. This comprehensive collection of essays will be ideal for U.S. history survey courses. Contents: Introduction and Acknowledgements; The Meaning of Freedom, Eric Foner; Chinese-Americans Build a Railroad, Jack Chen; Populist Dreams and Negro Rights: East Texas as a Case Study, Lawrence Goodwyn; The Sociology and Historiography of Immigration, Ewa Morawska; Studying American Political Development in the Progressive Era, Martin Sklar; Charity Girls and City Pleasure: Historical Notes on Working-Class Sexuality, 1880-1920, Kathy Peiss; Encountering Mass Culture at the Grassroots: The Experience of Chicago Workers in the 1920s, Lizabeth Cohen; Origins of a Sit-Down Era: Worker Militancy and Innovation in the Rubber Industry, 1934-1938, Daniel Nelson; The Politics of Sacrifice on the Homefront in World War II, Mark Leff; The Riddle of the Zoot, Robin D.G. Kelley; The Land of a Thousand Dances: Youth, Minorities, and the Rise of Rock and Roll, George Lipsitz; The Unraveling of America, Allen Matusow; Ronald Reagan and the Movie, Michael Rogin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761801962
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard A. Greenwald is Assistant Professor of History at the State University of New York College at Morrisville.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The Meaning of Freedom 1
Ch. 2 Chinese-Americans Build a Railroad 23
Ch. 3 Populist Dreams and Negro Rights: East Texas as a Case Study 39
Ch. 4 The Sociology and Historiography of Immigration 59
Ch. 5 Studying American Political Development in the Progressive Era 97
Ch. 6 Charity Girls and City Pleasure: Historical Notes on Working-Class Sexuality, 1880-1920 127
Ch. 7 Encountering Mass Culture at the Grassroots: The Experience of Chicago Workers in the 1920s 139
Ch. 8 Origins of the Sit-Down Era: Worker Militancy and Innovation in the Rubber Industry, 1934-1938 157
Ch. 9 The Politics of Sacrifice on the American Homefront in World War II 179
Ch. 10 The Riddle of the Zoot 199
Ch. 11 The Land of a Thousand Dances: Youth, Minorities, and the Rise of Rock and Roll 219
Ch. 12 The Unraveling of America 235
Ch. 13 Ronald Reagan the Movie 253
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