Recent America: The United States Since 1945, 3rd Edition / Edition 3

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This third edition of Recent America is an extensiverevision that includes entirely new material to carry the coverageforward into the second decade of the twenty-firstcentury—right up through the recent midterm elections of2010. With an emphasis on national politics, the ever-evolvingmulticultural American society, the role of the United States ininternational affairs, and economic trends, this third considerschanges in American literature, fine arts, music, film, popculture, and sports and their relationships to social, cultural,and economic trends. The incorporation of these often overlookedhistorical themes presents a more relevant and inclusive recenthistory of the United States.

Building upon the tradition set forth by Dewey Grantham in thefirst and second editions of his highly readable and informativesurvey history of the United States since World War II, ThomasMaxwell-Long brings new perspectives and explores new realitiesthat Americans did not face even as recently as the turn of thecentury. The result provides students with an engaging,well-rounded, and thoughtfully illustrated narrative thatreconstructs history and also makes strong connections between thepresent and the past.

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Praise for a previous edition:
"In several different and important ways, Professor Granthambrings the political history of recent America alive for newgenerations of students. ...This text will surely please politicalhistorians and those who want a strong political component fortheir classes. It will also please students who want to learn aboutpolitics and the attitude shifts associated with each generation."(H-Net Reviews, May, 1998)
A textbook for an undergraduate college course and a survey for general readers. Grantham (history, Vanderbilt U.) focuses on national politics, federal policy, and the role of the US in international affairs. He also seeks to instil a historical consciousness that integrates the past and the present. Extended and revised from the 1989 edition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882952765
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 636
  • Sales rank: 306,271
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dewey W. Grantham was a specialist in twentieth-centuryAmerican history and the Holland N. McTyeire Professor of HistoryEmeritus at Vanderbilt University, which he taught for many years.He received a doctorate from the University of North Carolina, andin Chapel Hill was a student of Professor Fletcher M. Green. Hisspecial interests included modern American politics and publicpolicy, the evolution of presidential leadership, and the role ofregionalism in the United States. Professor Grantham was active inthe American Historical Association, the Organization of AmericanHistorians, and was president of the Southern HistoricalAssociation, whose Charles S Sydnor Award he won.

Thomas Maxwell-Long received his Ph.D. in history fromthe University of California, Riverside. He has published severalarticles on various themes in United States history four otherbooks, including Watergate and the Resignation of RichardNixon, with Harry P Jeffrey, and is co-author with John W. DeanIII of the forthcoming books The Watergate Cover-up Trial.He is the Associate Director of California State University SanBernadino’s Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies andAssistant Professor of history, where he teaches courses in thefields of U.S. and Native American history as well as in PublicHistory.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 TheTransition from WWII to the Cold War: Confrontation and Containment 1

World War II: Catalyst for Change 4

Demobilization and Reconversion 8

The Struggle over Economic Controls, 1945-1946 10

National Defense and World Affairs 14

Peacetime Pursuits 18

The Cold War: Confrontation and Containment 20

America Faces Russia 20

The Architects of Containment 25

The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan 28

Forging New Coalitions 32

The Cold War Consensus 40

Suggestions for Further Reading 42

Chapter 2 Harry Truman, the Korean War, and the Politics of Stalemate 45

The Rise of Harry S. Truman 46

The Eightieth Congress, 1947-1948 48

The Election of 1948 51

The Fair Deal, 1949-1952 57

The Korean War 61

Internal Security and the Politics of Fear 72

"I Like Ike": The Election of 1952 79

Suggestions for Further Reading 84

Chapter 3 Politics of Moderation: Eisenhower, the New Look, and Brinksmanship 87

Eisenhower and the New Administration 88

The Eisenhower Policies 91

The Climax of McCarthyism 94

Change and Continuity in National Politics 98

Second Term: Problems and Portents 101

Strategies of Containment in the Eisenhower Years 107

Rhetoric and Reality in Foreign Affairs 108

The European Focus 111

Containment in Asia 113

The Middle East, Latin America, and the Third World 118

The Heightening of Cold War Tensions 124

Suggestions for Further Reading 131

Chapter 4 Leading the World: Economic Expansion, Affluence, and Social Change 134

The Miracle of Production 135

Competition and Structure 141

Patterns of Trade and Distribution 146

The Worker's World 150

Social Change and the Social Order 155

City and Suburb 158

Social Class and Status 162

Race and Ethnicity 164

The Search for Community 175

Suggestions for Further Reading 177

Chapter 5 Inspiration, Crises, and Tragedy: John F. Kennedy and the New Frontier 181

The Election of a New President, 1960 181

The Kennedy Approach to Foreign Policy 186

A Troubled Beginning 190

The Cuban Missle Crisis and the Test Ban Treaty 193

Global Connections and Third World Policies 198

New Frontiers and the Resurgence of Liberalism 203

Social Reform and Losing Battles 208

Kennedy and the Civil Rights Movement 211

The Death of a President 215

A New President and a Democratic Landslide 218

Suggestions for Further Reading 222

Chapter 6 The Culture of Affluence and Anxiety: Postwar America 226

Education: The Troubled Crusade 226

The Changing Shape of American Religion 232

Popular Culture 238

Art and American Life 248

The Literary Imagination 253

Suggestions for Further Reading 259

Chapter 7 Great Changes, Great Failings: LBJ, the Great Society, and the Vietnam War 263

The Thirty-sixth President 263

The Quest for Equality 267

The War on Poverty 275

Breakthroughs in Education and Health 278

LBJ and the Urban Nation 282

The Domino Theory and International Affairs 285

U.S. Ideals and Self-interest in Latin America 289

Vietnam: Into the Quagmire 291

Antiwar Protest: America Divides 299

The Lost Crusade 306

Politics and Resolution: The Election of 1968 309

Suggestions for Further Reading 316

Chapter 8 The End of Innocence: National Limits, Richard Nixon, and Watergate 321

The Nixon Years Begin 322

The Return of Richard Nixon 322

The Persistence of Vietnam 325

In the Domestic Arena 332

Nixon's New Economic Policy 337

Détente and Triangular Diplomacy 340

Nixon's Triumph: The Election of 1972 346

Launching the Second Nixon Administration 350

Watergate: A Cancer in the Presidency 353

The Energy Crisis and the Environment 359

Feminism: Reform in a Different Mode 364

The Downfall of a President 369

Suggestions for Further Reading 374

Chapter 9 The Search for Solutions in a "Crisis of Confidence" 378

The Presidency of Gerald Ford 378

The Election of Jimmy Carter 385

Dealing with Problems at Home 390

Morality and Foreign Policy 396

A Surfeit of Troubles, 1979-1980 401

The Repudiation of a President: 1980 406

Suggestions for Further Reading 410

Chapter 10 The Reagan Revolution and Return of Confidence 413

The Emergence of a Conservative Spokesman 413

Reaganomics 417

The Attempted Assassination 422

Foreign Policy: Rhetoric and Confrontation 423

An Electoral Landslide 430

Second Term: Up the Down Staircase 434

The Reagan Legacy 444

Suggestions for Further Reading 447

Chapter 11 The United States and the New World Order 450

The Presidency of George H.W. Bush 451

The End of the Cold War 456

Return of the Democrats 465

Clinton and the Perils of Presidential Leadership 469

Suggestions for Further Reading 471

Chapter 12 Booming Nineties: Clinton, Impeachment, and the High Flying Economy 473

International Challenges 482

Challenges at Home 487

The New Economy 490

Impeachment 496

The 2000 Election 500

Suggestions for Further Reading 505

Chapter 13 Tiem of Tragedy: George W. Bush, 9/11, Two Wars, and the Great Recession 507

George W. Bush 508

9/11 512

War in Afghanistan and Iraq 520

The Abu Ghraib Scandal 524

Inconvenient Environmental Realities 526

The 2004 Presidential Race 530

The Second Term of George W. Bush 535

Quagmires Both: Iraq and Afghanistan 541

The Great Recession Begins 544

Foreign Relations 551

The 2008 Election 554

Legacy of the George W. Bush Years 559

Suggestions for Further Reading 562

Chapter 14 Changing America 565

Barack Obama 565

The Obama Administration 567

The Evolving American Demography and Culture 576

Fine Arts 579

Television 582

Literature 585

Movies 587

Music 589

Sports 593

Changing American News Media 596

Americans Move to Right of Center 597

The Great Recession Worsens 603

The Quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan 606

Back to the Future? 610

Suggestions for Further Reading 611

Index 614

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