The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2009

The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2009

by William H. Chafe
     
 

From William H. Chafe, the best-selling author of The Unfinished Journey, comes a new text that offers in-depth and enlightening coverage of the history of the United States in the twentieth century. The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2010 describes the rise—and potential fall—of the U.S., a nation more powerful,

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From William H. Chafe, the best-selling author of The Unfinished Journey, comes a new text that offers in-depth and enlightening coverage of the history of the United States in the twentieth century. The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2010 describes the rise—and potential fall—of the U.S., a nation more powerful, more wealthy, and more dominant than any in human history. It also acknowledges the persistent challenges the U.S. has faced and continues to face—inequalities of race, gender, and income that contradict its vision of itself as "a land of opportunity."
Examining the evolution of the United States since 1890, The Rise and Fall of the American Century chronicles the varying mood of the country through its changing presidencies, from the rise of the metropolis and Teddy Roosevelt in the 1890s to the turbulent era of the Bush administration at the beginning of the twenty-first century. By analyzing the shifting moods and social and political upheavals (both at home and abroad) and the United States's reactions to these events, the book seeks to understand how the country both achieved its vision for itself in some ways but failed to realize it in others. Working in a political framework, Chafe also provides a strong balance of social and cultural history, touching on the African-American, Latino, and Asian communities, the West, and the changing status of women. The book's epilogue discusses important economic and political events through 2008, including the financial crisis and the 2008 Presidential Election.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195382624
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/09/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,332,378
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction: The 1890s, a Preview of the Next Century
2. The Dawn of Progressivism
3. America and the World
4. The Roaring (?) Twenties
5. FDR and the New Deal
6. World War II: 1941-1945
7. The Cold War and the Politics of Anti-Communism: 1945-52
8. Ike and the Affluent Society: An Age of Contradictions
9. From Camelot to Fragmentation: The 1960s
10. Polarization, Paranoia, and a New Conservatism: America in the 1970s
11. Morning in America: Ronald Regan
12. The End of One War, the Start of Another: Politics, Culture, and the Specter of Terrorism in the 1990s
13. The End of the American Century? The First Decade of the New Millennium
Epilogue
Index

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