The United States Since 1945 : A Documentary Reader / Edition 1

The United States Since 1945 : A Documentary Reader / Edition 1

by Robert P. Ingalls
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405167130

ISBN-13: 9781405167130

Pub. Date: 03/23/2009

Publisher: Wiley

The Cold War, the black freedom struggle, Vietnam, the sexual revolution, the conservative backlash, and the war on terrorism are just a few of the events that have shaped the lives of Americans since 1945. This primary document reader enables students to learn about the past through the voices of those who experienced these important events in history

Overview

The Cold War, the black freedom struggle, Vietnam, the sexual revolution, the conservative backlash, and the war on terrorism are just a few of the events that have shaped the lives of Americans since 1945. This primary document reader enables students to learn about the past through the voices of those who experienced these important events in history firsthand.

Organized chronologically from 1945 to the present and covering both domestic and foreign events, the selections bring together documents and photographs from sources as diverse as presidents, activists, advertisers, and ordinary citizens and provide a rich perspective on the conflicts and issues at the heart of American society over the last 50 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405167130
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/23/2009
Series:
Uncovering the Past: Documentary Readers in American History Series
Edition description:
New
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures x

Series Editors' Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter I Origins of the Cold War 13

1 The Atomic Bomb (1945) 13

2 The Policy of Containment (1947) 17

3 The Truman Doctrine (1947) 21

4 A Critique of Truman's Policies (1946) 24

5 A Soviet View of US Policy (1946) 27

6 The Prosecution of American Communists (1949) 31

7 The Red Scare (1950) 35

8 The Lavender Scare (1950) 37

9 A Defense of Civil Liberties (1952) 40

Chapter 2 Postwar Society and Culture 43

1 The Growth of Suburbia (1949) 43

2 A Critique of Suburbia (1962) 43

3 Consumer Culture and the Home (1947) 49

4 Women's Roles (1950) 50

5 Men's Roles (1956) 54

6 The Beat Generation (1956) 58

Chapter 3 The Black Freedom Struggle 62

1 A Protest against Bus Segregation (1954) 62

2 The Southern Manifesto (1956) 64

3 Remembering the Sit-In Demonstrations (1998) 66

4 Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nonviolent Direct Action (1963) 72

5 Women in the Civil Rights Movement (1964) 77

6 Black Nationalism (1964) 80

7 Economic Justice (1966) 84

Chapter 4 Vietnam 88

1 The "Falling Domino" Principle (1954) 88

2 Escalation of the War (1964) 89

3 A Defense of the War (1965) 91

4 Experiencing the War (1965-70) 94

5 The Tet Offensive (1968) 101

6 Kent State Shootings (1970) 102

7 Vietnam Veterans Against the War (1971) 103

Chapter 5 Politics and Protest in the 1960s 107

1 The Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) 107

2 Young Americans for Freedom (1960) 109

3 Students for a Democratic Society (1962) 110

4 The Hippie Counterculture (1967) 114

5 The Great Society (1965) 117

6 Cesar Chavez and la Causa (1966) 120

7 The American Indian Movement (2004)123

8 Environmental Awareness (1962) 126

9 The Environmental Movement (1971) 131

Chapter 6 Gender and Sexuality in the 1960s and 1970s 135

1 Second Wave Feminism (1963) 135

2 The National Organization for Women (1966) 140

3 Radical Feminism (1973) 144

4 The Gay Liberation Movement (1969) 148

5 Abortion Rights (1973) 152

6 Opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment (1977) 159

7 The Pro-Family Movement (1977) 162

Chapter 7 Conservative Ascendance 167

1 The 1968 Election (1968) 167

2 The Crisis of Confidence (1979) 170

3 The Religious Right (1980) 173

4 A Critique of the Religious Right (1982) 176

5 The Second American Revolution (1985) 180

6 Life in the Rust Belt (1987) 184

7 The Iran-Contra Investigation (1987) 187

8 The End of Big Government (1996) 193

Chapter 8 Society in the New Millennium 198

1 Recent Immigration (2006) 198

2 Organized Labor and "Undocumented" Immigrants (2000) 203

3 Affirmative Action (2003) 206

4 The Culture Wars (2003) 211

5 Family Income (1947-2003) 216

6 Hurricane Katrina: A View from New Orleans (2005) 218

7 Hurricane Katrina: A View from the White House (2006) 220

8 The War on Terrorism (2007) 224

9 The Internet and Political Activism (2004) 225

Bibliography 229

Index 236

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