The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II / Edition 7

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Overview

This popular and classic text chronicles America's roller-coaster journey through the decades since World War Two. Considering both the paradoxes and the possibilities of postwar America, William H. Chafe portrays the significant cultural and political themes that have colored our country's past and present, including issues of race, class, gender, foreign policy, and economic and social reform. He examines such subjects as the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the origins and the end of the Cold War, the culture of the 1970s, the rise of the New Right, the Clinton presidency, the events of September 11 and their aftermath, the war in Iraq, the 2004 election, and the beginning of George W. Bush's second term.

In this new edition, Chafe provides a nuanced yet unabashed assessment of George W. Bush's presidency, covering his reelection, the saga of the Iraq War, and the administration's response to the widespread devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Chafe also provides a detailed account of the state of the nation under the Bush administration, including the economic situation, the cultural polarization over such issues as stem cell research and gay marriage, the shifting public opinion of the Iraq War, and the widening gap between the poorest and the wealthiest citizens. Brilliantly written by a prize-winning historian, The Unfinished Journey, Sixth Edition, is an essential text for all students of recent American history.

About the Author:
William H. Chafe is Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University

Highlighting the paradoxes of postwar reform and reaction, Chafe vividly shows how things might have been different.

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"The Unfinished Journey has a strong narrative momentum, creating a desire to 'find out what happens next.'"—Jeffrey Crane, Sam Houston State University

"The Unfinished Journey offers a compelling and comprehensive narrative while also offering an analytical element missing in most textbooks."—Robyn Rosen, Marist College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199760251
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 642
  • Sales rank: 845,029
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Chafe is Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University. He is the author or coeditor of several books, including A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America, Eighth Edition (OUP, 2011) and The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2009 (OUP, 2009). He is a former president of the Organization of American Historians and his books have been recognized with the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (1981), the Sidney Hillman Book Award (1994), and the Lillian Smith Book Award (2003).

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The War Years 3
2 Origins of the Cold War 31
3 Truman and the Cold War 53
4 "The Other Half of the Walnut": Social Reform and Activism in the Postwar Years 76
5 The Paradox of Change: American Society in Postwar Years 106
6 The Civil Rights Movement: "The Gods Bring Threads to Webs Begin" 140
7 John F. Kennedy: The Reality and the Myth 174
8 LBJ: The Trial of Consensus 216
9 Vietnam - The Early Years 241
10 "Lyndon's War" 266
11 Coming Apart at Home 294
12 1968 333
13 "Bringing Us Together" 369
14 New Rules, Old Realities: The Continuing Intersection of Gender, Class, and Race in the Seventies 416
15 The Reagan Years 455
16 The 1990s: A Referendum on the Post-World War II Years 481
17 2000 and Beyond 525
Epilogue 549
Bibliographical Essay 555
Index 577
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