A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America / Edition 8

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A History of Our Time, Eighth Edition, offers selections by leading historians as well as first-person accounts of various issues by people who have contributed to the shaping of America's rich history, including Bill Clinton, Joseph McCarthy, Anne Moody, Robin Morgan, and Phyllis Schlafly. Providing a balance of diverse political viewpoints, the documents include the voices of men and women of African American, European American, Asian American, and Latino/a descent. Taking into consideration events of the last four years--including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden--the eighth edition of A History of Our Time offers a clearer, more encompassing view of the United States' collective history.

"The best reader on the postwar period." Paul Spickard

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199763641
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 266,137
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Chafe is Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History, former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Vice-Provost of Undergraduate Education at Duke University.

Harvard Sitkoff is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire.

Beth Bailey is Professor of History at Temple University.

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Table of Contents


Part : America Becomes A World Power

Robert McMahon, World War II and the Destruction of the Old Order
George F. Kennan, The Necessity for Containment (1946)
HUAC Investigates Hollywood (1947)
Joseph R. McCarthy, The Internal Communist Menace (1950)
John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, The Verona Project and Atomic Espionage
Editors of Good Housekeeping, A Frightening Message for a Thanksgiving Issue (1958)
Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Eisenhower's Farewell Address (1961)
John F. Kennedy, The Cuban Missile Crisis: President Kennedy's Address to the Nation (1962)

Part 2: The Politics and Culture of the Affluent Society

Thomas Hine, The Luckiest Generation
Roland Marchand, Trends in Postwar American Culture and Society
The Myers Move to Levittown
Students for a Democratic Society, The Port Huron Statement (1962)
Young Americans for Freedom, The Sharon Statement (1960)
John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address (1961)
Lyndon B. Johnson, "The Great Society": Remarks at the University of Michigan (1964)
Bruce J. Schulman, Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism

Part 3: Civil Rights and Racial Justice

Supreme Court of the United States, Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
Declaration of Constitutional Principals: The Southern Manifesto
Anne Moody, A Lunch-Counter Sit In in Jackson, Mississippi (1968)
Harvard Sitkoff, We Shall Overcome (1965)
Black Panther Party, What We Want, What We Believe (1966)
F. Arturo Rosales, Chicano!
Indians of all Tribes, Proclamation (1969)

Part 4: The Vietnam War

Lyndon B. Johnson, Peace without Conquest (1965)
Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway, We Were Soldiers once...and Young
Students for a Democratic Society, March on Washington: The War Must Be Stopped
John Kerry, Vietnam Veterans against the War (1971)
Who Fought the War
William Clinton, Letter to the Draftboard (1969)
Robert McNamara- In Retrospect
Michael Lind, The Genuine Lessons of the Vietnam War

Part 5: Rebellion and Counterculture

The Diggers, Trip without a Ticket (1968)
Karin Ashley et al., You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows (1969)
Jeremy Varon, Revolutionary Violence in the United States and West Germany
Arthur Kopecky, Journals from a Taos Commune (1971)
David Farber, The Intoxicated State/Illegal Nation

Part 6: Struggles over Gender and Sexual Liberation

Jane Sherron De Hart, The Creation of a Feminist Consciousness
National Organization for Women, Statement of Pupose (1966)
Robin Morgan and New York Radical Women, No More Miss America
Enriqueta Longeaux Vasquez, ¬°Soy Chicana Primero! (1971)
Phyllis Schlafly, What's Wrong with "Equal Rights" for Women? (1972)
Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Roe v Wade (1973)
Martha Shelley, Gay Is Good (1970)
Beth Bailey, Sexual Revolutions(s)

Part 7: Age of Uncertainty

Peter Schrag, The Forgotten American (1969)
Kim McQuaid, Watergate
David Farber, Taken Hostage
Jimmy Carter, The "Crisis of Confidence" Speech: President Carter's Address to the Nation (1979)
Misery Index

Part 8: A New Era of Conservatism

Dan Carter, The Politics of Anger 1963-1968
Lisa McGirr, Piety and Property: Conservatism and Right-Wing Movements in the Twentieth Century
E.J. Dionne, Jr., The Religious Right and the New Republican Party
William C. Berman, America's Right Turn
Ronald W. Reagan, "The Second American Revolution": President Reagan's State of the Union Address (1985)
Newt Gingrich, The Republican Contract with America (1994)

Part 9: The United States and the World in the Post-Cold War Era

George C. Herring, From the Persian Gulf War to Iraq and Afghanistan: Confronting the Post-Cold War World
Peter Coates and Vincent Vok, 9/11
George W. Bush, "Axis of Evil" Speech: President Bush's State of the Union Address (2002)
Pew Global Attitudes Project, Image of the United States (2005)
Daniel H. Pink, "Why the World is Flat": Interview with Thomas Friedman
Global Exchange, Top Ten Reasons to Oppose the World Trade Organization

Part 10: The Changing Shape of American Society

Barack Obama, A More Perfect Union (2008)
Glenn Beck, 9 Principles, 12 Values
J.R. McNeill, Our Gigantic Experiment with Planet Earth
United States Census Bureau- The New Immigration
Stephanie Coontz, Great Expectations (2004)
The American People in the Early Twenty-first Century

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