Taking Sides: Clashing Views in United States History, Volume 2 / Edition 12

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Overview

Taking Sides: Clashing Views in United States History, Volume 2, Reconstruction to the Present, Thirteenth Edition, is a debate-style reader designed to introduce students to controversies in United States history. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading historians, reflect opposing positions and have been selected for their liveliness and substance and because of their value in a debate framework.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073527222
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/6/2006
  • Series: Taking Sides Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

Correlation Guide xvi

Introduction xix

Unit 1 The Last West, Cities, Immigrants, and the Industrial Revolution 1

Issue 1 Is History True? 2

YES: from Truth in History (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1979) Oscar Handlin 4

NO: from "Mythistory, or Truth, Myth, History, and Historians," American Historical Review (February 1986) William H. McNeill 13

Issue 2 Was the Wild West More Violent than the Rest of the United States? 25

YES: from "Frontiers," in Ronald Gottesman and Richard Maxwell Brown, eds., Violence in America: An Encyclopedia, vol. 1 (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999) David T. Courtright 27

NO: from "To Live and Die in Dodge City: Body Counts, Law and Order and the Case of Kansas V. Gill," in Michael A. Bellesiles, ed., Lethal Imagination, Violence and Brutality in American History (New York University Press, 1999) Robert R. Dykstra 37

Issue 3 Were American Workers in the Gilded Age Conservative Capitalists? 54

YES: from Out of Our Past: The Forces That Shaped Modern America, 3rd ed. (Harper & Row, 1984) Carl N. Degler 56

NO: from Work, Culture, and Society in Industrializing American: Essays in American Working-Class and Social History (Alfred A. Knopf, 1976) Herbert G. Gutman 65

Issue 4 Were Late-Nineteenth-Century Immigrants "Uprooted"? 78

YES: from The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migrations That Made the American People, 2nd ed. (Little Brown and Company, 1973) Oscar Handlin 80

NO: from Round-Trip to America: The Immigrants Return to Europe, 1880-1930 (Cornell University Press, 1993) Mark Wyman 89

Issue 5 Was City Government in Late-Nineteenth-CenturyAmerica a "Conspicuous Failure"? 100

YES: from A History of American City Government: The Conspicuous Failure, 1870-1900 (National Civic League Press, 1974) Ernest S. Griffith 102

NO: from The Unheralded Triumph: City Government in America, 1870-1900 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984) Jon C. Teaford 112

Unit 2 The Response to Industrialism and Reform, War, and Depression 125

Issue 6 Did Booker T. Washington's Philosophy and Actions Betray the Interests of African Americans? 126

YES: from Schooling for the New Slavery: Black Industrial Education, 1868-1915 (Greenwood Press, 1978) Donald Spivey 128

NO: from "Understanding the Wizard: Another Look at the Age of Booker T. Washington," in W. Fitzhugh Brundage, ed., Booker T. Washington and Black Progress: Up From Slavery 100 Years Later (University of Florida Press, 2003) Robert J. Norrell 138

Issue 7 Did the Progressives Fail? 150

YES: from "The Failure of Progressivism," in Richard Abrams and Lawrence Levine, eds., The Shaping of the Twentieth Century, 2d ed. (Little, Brown, 1971) Richard M. Abrams 152

NO: from Progressivism (Harlan Davidson, 1983) Arthur S. Link Richard L. McCormick 162

Issue 8 Was Woodrow Wilson Responsible for the Failure of the United States to Join the League of Nations? 174

YES: from "Woodrow Wilson Wouldn't Yield," in Alexander De Conde and Armin Rappaport, eds., Essays Diplomatic and Undiplomatic of Thomas A. Bailey (Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1969) Thomas A. Bailey 176

NO: from "A New Look at Woodrow Wilson," The Virginia Quarterly Review (Autumn 1962) William G. Carleton 185

Issue 9 Was Prohibition a Failure? 196

YES: from Repealing National Prohibition, 2d ed. (The University of Chicago Press, 1979, 2000) David E. Kyvig 198

NO: from "New Perspectives on the Prohibition 'Experiment' of the 1920s," Journal of Social History, Volume 2 (Fall 1968) J. C. Burnham 208

Issue 10 Was the New Deal an Effective Answer to the Great Depression? 220

YES: from A New Deal for the American People (Northern Illinois University Press, 1991) Roger Biles 222

NO: from Pride, Prejudice, and Politics: Roosevelt Versus Recovery, 1933-1938 (Praeger, 1990) Gary Dean Best 230

Issue 11 Was Franklin Roosevelt a Reluctant Internationalist? 244

YES: from Roosevelt and World War II (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1969) Robert A. Divine 246

NO: from "The Man of the Century," American Heritage (May/June 1994) Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. 259

Unit 3 The Cold War and Beyond 273

Issue 12 Was President Truman Responsible for the Cold War? 274

YES: from "Another Such Victory": President Truman, American Foreign Policy, and the Cold War, Diplomatic History (Spring 1999) Arnold A. Offner 276

NO: from We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History (Oxford University Press, 1997) John Lewis Gaddis 289

Issue 13 Was Rock and Roll Responsible for Dismantling America's Traditional Family, Sexual, and Racial Customs in the 1950s and 1960s? 299

YES: from All Shook Up: How Rock and Roll Changed America (Oxford University Press, 2003) Glenn C. Altschuler 301

NO: from God's Country: America in the Fifties (Dembner Books, 1986, 1990) J. Ronald Oakley 319

Issue 14 Did the Brown Decision Fail to Desegregate and Improve the Status of African Americans? 337

YES: from Jim Crow's Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision (Viking Press, 2002) Peter Irons 339

NO: from Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004) Richard Kluger 346

Issue 15 Was the Americanization of the War in Vietnam Inevitable? 357

YES: from Into the Quagmire: Lyndon Johnson and the Escalation of the Vietnam War (Oxford University Press, 1991) Brian Van DeMark 359

NO: from Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam (HarperCollins, 1997) H. R. McMaster 368

Issue 16 Has the Women's Movement of the 1970s Failed to Liberate American Women? 379

YES: from Domestic Tranquility: A Brief Against Feminism (Spence, 1998) F. Carolyn Graglia 381

NO: from "American Women in the Twentieth Century," in Harvard Sitkoff, ed., Perspectives on Modern America: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2001) Sara M. Evans 391

Issue 17 Were the 1980s a Decade of Affluence for the Middle Class? 409

YES: from The America That Reagan Built (Praeger, 2006) J. David Woodard 411

NO: from "The Changing Shape of Power: A Realignment in Public Policy," in Steve Fraser and Gary Gerstle, The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980 (Princeton University Press, 1980) Thomas Byrne Edsall 425

Contributors 443

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