This is an overview of Twentieth Century American history with a special emphasis on social and cultural history. The book takes a balanced approach to all sides of the socio-cultural spectrum, and includes numerous tables, charts, photographs, and biographical inserts.
Prologue. 1. Life at the Start of an American Century. 2. The Politics of Progressive Reform, 1896-1912. 3. Wilsonian Reform and Global Order, 1912-1920. 4. The New Era and the Advent of Modern Society. 5. The Rise and Fall of Republican Consensus, 1920-1932. 6. Roosevelt, the New Deal, and Domestic Security. 7. World War II: People's Crusade, Global Security. 8. The Promise of Postwar Affluence. 9. Truman, the Cold War, and Anticommunist Mission, 1945-1952. 10. The Eisenhower Consensus, 1952-1960. 11. Kennedy, Johnson, and Liberal Activism, 1960-1968. 12. Nixon, Ford, and Carter: The Embattled Presidency, 1968-1980. 13. Global Economy and Domestic Culture Wars. 14. Reagan, Bush, and Clinton: Political Realignment, 1980-1996.