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"This volume examines 32 major issues or presidential initiative from those times. With the Cold War, the atom bomb and deepening entanglements in Southeast Asia and Latin American, much of the discussion centers on foreign policy. However, the civil rights movement and presidential initiatives on highways, space, poverty and conservation provide ample range for domestic debates. The combination of high school teacher John King and college professor John Vile has produced a text that is accessible to students at both levels. Their historical analysis highlights not only the contemporary differences of opinions but also the frequently unexpected consequences of many policy decisions. The resulting guide encourages critical thinking on the part of the student, and will serve high school and college audiences well."
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"In 1958 a senator worries aloud that America is lagging in developing a satellite program. In 1961 undersecretaries try to persuade their boss that invading Cuba may be a bad idea. In 1965 senators from the South weigh in against the federal government's taking over local elections. This collection, which is part of a series intended for high school students and general readers, includes presidents describing the relationship between the US economy and war, various sides analyzing rebel uprisings overseas, legislators calling upon each other to support states' rights, and a representative of the AMA denouncing Medicare. Each entry includes a brief introduction and a very representative sampling of speeches, declarations and memos. However, the format makes it difficult for readers to sort out which are the primary documents and which are the introductions."
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