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For courses in U.S. history since 1945.

The United States Since 1945: Historical Interpretations gives students the opportunity to compare and contrast leading interpretations of key historical events and issues in recent American history, presenting two or three carefully edited scholarly writings on each topic covered.

This book is a collection of secondary readings on key topics in U.S. history since 1945, edited by two leading historians in the field. Due to the growing interest among teachers and students in the 1970s and on, the authors have collected material that concentrates heavily on recent history, including current globalization and the events of 9/11. The reader is divided into three parts, covering 1945-1960, 1960-1974, and 1974 to the present.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131840331
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: The Cold War System Abroad and at Home

Chapter 1: The Atomic Bombings

Gar Alperovitz, “Why the United States Dropped the Bomb,” Technology Review (August 1990)

Barton Bernstein, “The Atomic Bombings Reconsidered” Foreign Affairs, v. 74/1 (Jan/Feb 1995)

Chapter 2: The Origins of the Cold War

John Lewis Gaddis, We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History (Oxford University Press, 1997)

Carolyn Eisenberg, Drawing the Line: The American Decision to divide Germany, 1944-1949 (Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Bruce Cumings, “The Wicked Witch of the West is Dead. Long Live the Wicked Witch of the East,” in The End of the Cold War: Its Meaning and Implications, Michael J. Hogan (Cambridge University Press, 1992)

Chapter 3: The Red Scare

Leslie Fiedler, “McCarthy,” Encounter, v. 3 (August 1954)

Ellen Schrecker, No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities (Oxford University Press, 1986) (excerpt)

K.A. Cuordileone, “‘Politics in an Age of Anxiety’: Cold War Political Culture and the Crisis of American Masculinity, 1949-1960,” Journal of American History, v. 82 (September 2000)

Chapter 4: Affluence, Domesticity and the Fifties

Elaine Tyler May, “Cold War–Warm Hearth: Politics and the Family in Postwar America,” in Steve Fraser and Gary Gerstle, eds., The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980 (Princeton University Press, 1989)

Alan Brinkley, “The Illusion of Unity in Cold War Culture,” in Peter Kuznick and James Gilbert, eds., Rethinking Cold War Culture (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001)

Margaret Rose, “Gender and Civic Activism in Mexican American Barrios in California: The Community Service Organization, 1947-1962,” in Joanne Meyerowitz, ed., Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, 1945-1960 (Temple University Press, 1994)

Part II: The System Under Stress

Chapter 5: The Black Freedom Struggle

Vincent G. Harding, “Beyond Amnesia: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Future of America,” Journal of American History, v. 74/2 (September 1987)

Timothy B. Tyson, “Robert F. Williams, ‘Black Power,’ and the Roots of the African American Freedom Struggle,” Journal of American History (v. 85/2 (September 1998)

Charles M. Payne, “The Whole United States is Southern!: Brown v. Board and the Mystification of Race,” Journal of American History, v. 91/1 (June 2004)

Chapter 6: The New Radicals

Doug Rossinow, “’The Break-through to New Life’: Christianity and the Emergence of the New Left in Austin, Texas, 1956-1964,” American Quarterly, v. 46/3 (September 1994)

Max Elbaum, “What Legacy from the Radical Internationalism of 1968? Radical History Review v. 82 (Winter 2002)

Chapter 7: Second-Wave Feminism

Sara Evans, “The Origins of the Women’s Liberation Movement” Radical America, v. 9/2 (March-April 1975)

Nancy MacLean, “The Hidden History of Affirmative Action: Working Women’s Struggles in the 1970s and the Gender of Class,” Feminist Studies, v. 25/1 (Spring 1999)

Chapter 8: The War on Poverty

Allen Matusow, The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s (Harper & Row, 1984) (excerpt)

Michael B. Katz, The Undeserving Poor: From the War on Poverty to the War on Welfare (Pantheon, 1989) (excerpt)

Chapter 9: The Vietnam War

Robert Buzzanco, Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life (Blackwell, 1999) (excerpt)

George C. Herring, “Vietnam, American Foreign Policy, and the Uses of History,” Virginia Quarterly Review, v. 661 (Winter 1990)

Chapter 10: The Crisis of the State

Lewis L. Gould, The Modern American Presidency (University Press of Kansas,

2003) (excerpt)

Michael Schudson, Watergate in American Memory (Basic Books, 1992)


Part III: A New Domestic and World Order

Chapter 11: The Conservative Ascendancy

Thomas Byrne Edsall and Mary D. Edsall, Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights and Taxes on American Politics (W.W. Norton & Co, 1991) (excerpt)

Lisa McGirr, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right (Princeton University Press, 2001) (excerpt)

Thomas Frank, What’s the Matter with Kansas? (Metropolitan Books, 2004)

Chapter 12: Reaganomics and Beyond

Barbara Ehrenreich, Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class (Pantheon, 1989) (excerpt)

Robert Collins, More: The Politics of Economic Growth in Postwar America (Oxford University Press, 2000) (excerpt)

Robert Meeropol, Surrender: How the Clinton Administration Completed the Reagan Revolution (University of Michigan Press, 1998) (excerpt)

Chapter 13: The End of the Cold War

Dinesh D’Souza, “How Reagan Won the Cold War,” National Review, v. 49/22 (24 Nov 1997)

Daniel Deudney and G.J. Ikenberry, “Who Won the Cold War?” Foreign Policy, v.87 (Summer 1992)

Edward Pessen, Losing Our Souls: The American Experience in the Cold War (Ivan R. Dee, 1993) (excerpt)

Chapter 14: Globalization

Evelyn Hu-Dehart, “Globalization and Its Discontents: Exposing the Underside,” Frontiers-A Journal of Women’s Studies, v. 24/2-3 (June-Sept 2003)

Jagdish Bhagwati, “The Human Face of Globalization,” Global Agenda, v. 2 (January 2004)

Douglas S. Massey, “Closed-Door Policy,” The American Prospect (July/August 2003)

Chapter 15: The 9/11 Attacks

The National Commission on the Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, The 9/11 Report (Government Printing Office, 2004)

Chalmers Johnson, Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (Henry Holt and Co, rev. ed., 2004) (excerpt)

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