The second half of the twentieth century found the United States tangled in the Vietnam War, one of the most unpopular war campaigns in contemporary history. Antiwar protests brought citizens of different backgrounds together, but even such efforts towards peace occasionally turned deadly. American efforts to fight communism continued and foreign relations changed but even the rise of the United States as the sole global superpower was soured by disturbing trends at home. Cult activity, police brutality, and gun violence developed in the nation in the decades that followed, with shaken and sometimes corrupt presidential administrations at the helm. Terrorist attacks like those enacted on September 11, 2001, ushered in the War on Terror, and US involvement in the Middle East has been complicated, hotly debated, and often disturbing since the beginning of the new millennium. This volume explore such unsettling recent history and questions what this will mean for the United States in years to come.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The 1960s 8
Chapter 2 Discontent and Revival 35
Chapter 3 The Sole Superpower 55
For More Information 83
Further Reading 85