The Human Tradition in America since 1945 / Edition 1

The Human Tradition in America since 1945 / Edition 1

by David L. Anderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0842029435

ISBN-13: 9780842029438

Pub. Date: 01/01/2003

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

The period since 1945 has been one of enormous change and tribulation in the United States. The country emerged from World War II as a superpower, yet is still confronted by threats from abroad. On the domestic front, in the early part of the period, a great revolution occurred in American society as women and minorities battled for legal and human

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Overview

The period since 1945 has been one of enormous change and tribulation in the United States. The country emerged from World War II as a superpower, yet is still confronted by threats from abroad. On the domestic front, in the early part of the period, a great revolution occurred in American society as women and minorities battled for legal and human rights.

The Human Tradition in America since 1945 provides readers with a way to help them understand both the sweeping changes and some of the individual contributions to those changes by presenting the personal stories of twelve Americans. In these brief biographical essays, readers will meet a wide range of diverse individuals-both men and women, rich and poor, powerful and vulnerable-who represent key elements of post-World War II America.

The volume is organized around the dual themes of power and revolution. The pieces in the first half of the book focus on the Cold War: the careers of the subjects in the first three pieces are indicative of Cold War globalism and the rise of the national security state in the early Cold War years; the next three subjects represent different reactions to American globalism and its domestic consequences. The second half of the text explores the revolutionary social reform in America. The lives of those profiled in the first three essays reveal the considerable individual sacrifice made to bring about these transformations; the remaining essays deal with how the conventional political process tried to accommodate international and domestic tensions.

These original, lively essays by leading scholars put a human face on the globalism and social activism that are emblematic of America since 1945.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780842029438
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Series:
Human Tradition in America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
299
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Global Power and Social Revolution since 1945
1John J. McCloy: Architect of the American Century3
2General Andrew Jackson Goodpaster: Managing National Security25
3Wesley Fishel and Vietnam: "A Special Kind of Friend"47
4Father Daniel J. Berrigan: The FBI's Most Wanted Peace Activist71
5Jerry McCuistion: POW Wife and Public Activist95
6Clement J. Zablocki: The Politics of Personality and Presidential Power113
7Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Cold War Politics of Gender131
8Daisy Bates: The Struggle for Racial Equality151
9Mary Crow Dog: A Story of the American Indian Movement and the United States171
10Alix Kates Shulman: Novelist, Feminist, Twentieth-Century Woman189
11Jacob M. Arvey: Post-World War II Political Reform207
12Charles W. Thayer: Purged from the State Department227
13John Dean: The Watergate Scandal247
14David Stockman: Reagan's Revolutionary267
Index287

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