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The Middle Road: American Politics 1945-2000

The Middle Road: American Politics 1945-2000

by Christopher Collier
     
 

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation.
The Middle Road: American Politics discusses the politics in the United States from 1945 through 2000. The authors examine the effects of McCarthyism, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., the Watergate scandal, and the presidencies of Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. The text is enhanced with maps, photographs, political cartoons, and other historically significant images.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The second half of the twentieth century marked a time period when the United States established itself as the dominant land on the globe. In many ways the past century was one marked by the power and influence of the U.S.A. During that era American government swayed from Republican to Democratic presidencies but was generally fairly consistent in its focus. While Democrats typically protected the interests of labor unions, minorities, environmentalists and social welfare advocates Republicans leaned toward deregulation and "trickle down" economics. However, despite these basic differences most major politicians retained an interest in liberty and democratic values. Thus, a middle ground of belief that was shared by the majority of Americans continued to be the driving force in American government. The "middle road" in politics is the subject of this book in Collier & Collier's "The Drama of American History" series. Included in this illustrated history are chronicles of the presidencies of Harry S. Truman through George W. Bush. The narrative and coverage of these leaders' victories and defeats makes for informative reading. Youngsters will find the topic of American political development in the second half of the twentieth century fascinating. 2002, Benchmark Books, $29.93. Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-These titles discuss political and institutional history. Changing Face focuses on two phenomena: post-World War II prosperity and the change in attitudes toward behavior. Civil rights and segregation are covered, as are the counterculture, advances in science and technology, immigration, and an aging nation. In Middle Road, the terms democrat, republican, liberal, and conservative are defined. Readers learn how these philosophies dominated and shifted during the years covered in this volume. World War II provides background on American sentiments prior to U.S. involvement in the war. The authors contend that it may have played out differently if some countries, including the U.S., had been prepared and/or willing to become involved sooner. Fascist ideology is defined. Although there is no new information in these titles, the 55-year perspective on American politics and society will interest some readers. However, occasionally the information is too brief; for example, in Changing Face, it is noted that, "today drug use is commonplace," destroying "millions of American lives." Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry are named as examples, but the circumstances of the damage are not mentioned, which may confuse some readers. More important, there are no footnotes for quoted matter. Clear, full-color and black-and-white photographs and drawings are well captioned. Each volume can stand alone, but readers are sometimes referred to other titles in the series for additional information. Because of this and other issues mentioned, consider these additional purchases where the need exists.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620645338
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
11/23/2012
Series:
Drama of American History Series , #22
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
970,021
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Born in New York City in 1928, author James Lincoln Collier is beloved by young readers in particular for the award-winning historical novels he has written with his brother, historian Christopher Collier. A graduate of Hamilton College, Collier served in the U.S. Army after college and then worked as a magazine editor for several years. Perhaps his most famous children's book is the Newbery Honor Book he wrote with his brother, the popular Revolutionary War story My Brother Sam Is Dead. The father of two children, Collier is also an accomplished trombone player. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and play jazz music. Christopher Collier was born in New York City in 1930. He attended Clark University where he earned his B.A. and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught school in Connecticut and at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently Professor of American History at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Like his brother James, Christopher Collier is by avocation a musician (his instruments are the trumpet and flugelhorn). He and his wife Bonnie live in Orange, Connecticut, in an old (1790) house they have restored. He is the father of two sons and a daughter.

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