The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People: From 1865 / Edition 5

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Overview

Known for its clear narrative voice, impeccable scholarship, and affordability, Alan Brinkley’s The Unfinished Nation offers a concise but comprehensive examination of American History. Balancing social and cultural history with traditional political and diplomatic themes, it tells the story of the diversity and complexity of the United States and the forces that have enabled it to survive and flourish despite division. Volume 2 covers 1865 to the present. This fifth edition features six new essays and enhanced coverage of recent events and developments in the continuing American story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073307022
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/15/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 15: Reconstruction and the New South

~ The Problems of Peacemaking

~ Radical Reconstruction

~ The South in Reconstruction

~ The Grant Administration

~ The Abandonment of Reconstruction

~ The New South

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Debating the Past: Reconstruction

Chapter 16: The Conquest of the Far West

~ The Societies of the Far West

~ The Changing Western Economy

~ The Romance of the West

~ The Dispersal of the Tribes

~ The Rise and Decline of the Western Farmer

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Debating the Past: The Frontier and the West

Chapter 17: Industrial Supremacy

~ Sources of Industrial Growth

~ Capitalism and Its Critics

~ The Ordeal of the Worker

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Chapter 18: The Age of the City

~ The New Urban Growth

~ The Urban Landscape

~ Strains of Urban Life

~ The Rise of Mass Consumption

~ Leisure in the Consumer Society

~ High Culture in the Urban Age

Conclusion

For Further Reference

America in the World: Global Migrations

Chapter 19: From Stalemate to Crisis

~ The Politics of Equilibrium

~ The Agrarian Revolt

~ The Crisis of the 1890s

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Debating the Past: Populism

Chapter 20: The Imperial Republic

~ Stirrings of Imperialism

~ War with Spain

~ The Republic as Empire

Conclusion

For Further Reference

America in the World: Imperialism

Chapter 21: The Rise of Progressivism

~ The Progressive Impulse

~ Women and Reform

~ The Assault on the Parties

~ Sources of Progressive Reform

~ Crusades for Order and Reform

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Debating the Past: Progressivism

Chapter 22: The Battle for National Reform

~ Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Party

~ The Troubled Succession

~ Woodrow Wilson and the New Freedom

~ The "Big Stick": America and the World, 1901-1917

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Chapter 23: America and the Great War

~ The Road to War

~ "War Without Stint"

~ The Search for a New World Order

~ A Society in Turmoil

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Chapter 24: The New Era

~ The New Economy

~ The New Culture

~ A Conflict of Cultures

~ Republican Government

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Chapter 25: The Great Depression

~ The Coming of the Depression

~ The American People in Hard Times

~ The Depression and American Culture

~ The Ordeal of Herbert Hoover

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Debating the Past: Causes of the Great Depression

America in the World: The Global Depression

Chapter 26: The New Deal

~ Launching the New Deal

~ The New Deal in Transition

~ The New Deal in Disarray

~ Limits and Legacies of the New Deal

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Debating the Past: The New Deal

Chapter 27: The Global Crisis, 1921-1941

~ The Diplomacy of the New Era

~ Isolationism and Internationalism

~ From Neutrality to Intervention

Conclusion

For Further Reference

America in the World: The Sino-Japanese War, 1931-1941

Chapter 28: America in a World at War

~ War on Two Fronts

~ The American Economy in Wartime

~ Race and Gender in Wartime America

~ Anxiety and Affluence in Wartime Culture

~ The Defeat of the Axis

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Debating the Past: The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

Chapter 29: The Cold War

~ Origins of the Cold War

~ The Collapse of the Peace

~ America After the War

~ The Korean War

~ The Crusade Against Subversion

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Debating the Past: The Cold War

Chapter 30: The Affluent Society

~ The Economic "Miracle"

~ The Explosion of Science and Technology

~ People of Plenty

~ The Other America

~ The Rise of the Civil Rights Movement

~ Eisenhower Republicanism

~ Eisenhower, Dulles, and the Cold War

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Chapter 31: The Ordeal of Liberalism

~ Expanding the Liberal State

~ The Battle for Racial Equality

~ "Flexible Response" and the Cold War

~ Vietnam

~ The Traumas of 1968

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Debating the Past: The Vietnam Commitment

America in the World: 1968

Chapter 32: The Crisis of Authority

~ Youth Culture

~ The Mobilization of Minorities

~ The New Feminism

~ Nixon, Kissinger, and the War

~ Nixon, Kissinger, and the World

~ Politics and Economics in the Nixon Years

~ The Watergate Crisis

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Debating the Past: Watergate

Chapter 33: From the “Age of Limits” to the Age of Reagan

~ Politics and Diplomacy After Watergate

~ The Rise of the New American Right

~ The "Reagan Revolution"

~ America and the Waning of the Cold War

Conclusion

For Further Reference

Chapter 34: The Age of Globalization

~ The Resurgence of Partisanship

~ The Economic Boom

~ Science and Technology in the New Economy

~ A Changing Society

~ A Contested Culture

~ The Perils of Globalization

Conclusion

For Further Reference

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