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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 challenge of teaching courses on this period is to bring some order out of the rapid change and great upheaval without losing the sense of drama and tension experienced by those who lived through it. The Human Tradition in America since 1945 provides professors with a way to help students 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, students 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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Editorial Reviews

Thomas Zeiler
This collection of essays by established and younger scholars presents history as it was lived (and should be written): with a mélange of elite and average peoples' perspectives. All were activists for change who, whatever their position in and outside of the power structure, knew how to leverage their particular talents. Theirs is a story of the individual identifying problems, struggling for a hearing, and triumphing for the cause. The authors have provided a great service by giving us the voices of a range of participants who shaped the epic Cold war. By doing so, this book brings together the best of political, social, and cultural history.
Chester Pach
With insight and verve, the authors of these essays tell the life stories of a striking variety of significant figures in politics, international affairs, and movements for social justice. Whether prominent or less familiar, activists or wielders of established power, the notable individuals in The Human Tradition in America since 1945 all show that, ultimately, people make history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842029438
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Human Tradition in America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Anderson is professor of history and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Indianapolis.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Global Power and Social Revolution since 1945 Part 2 I Cold War Globalism and the Rise of the National Security State Chapter 3 John J. McCloy: Architect of the American Century Chapter 4 General Andrew Jackson Goodpaster: Managing National Security Chapter 5 Wesley Fishel and Vietnam: "A Special Kind of Friend" Part 6 II Domestic Reactions to American Globalism Chapter 7 Father Daniel J. Berrigan: The FBI's Most Wanted Peace Activist Chapter 8 Jerry McCuistion: POW Wife and Public Activist Chapter 9 Clement J. Zablocki: The Politics of Personality and Presidential Power Part 10 III Social Change in the Cold War Era Chapter 11 Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Cold Ware Politics of Gender Chapter 12 Daisy Bates: The Struggle for Racial Equality Chapter 13 Mary Crow Dog: A Story of the American Indian Movement and the United States Chapter 14 Alix Kates Shulman: Novelist, Feminist, Twentieth-Century Woman Part 15 IV Politics in Cold War America Chapter 16 Jacob M. Arvey: Post-World War II Political Reform Chapter 17 Charles W. Thayer: Purged from the State Department Chapter 18 John Dean: The Watergate Scandal Chapter 19 David Stockman: Reagan's Revolutionary Chapter 20 Index

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