Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974

Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974

by Kevin M. Kruse, Julian E. Zelizer

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Overview

Two award-winning historians explore the origins of a divided America.

If you were asked when America became polarized, your answer would likely depend on your age: you might say during Barack Obama’s presidency, or with the post-9/11 war on terror, or the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s, or the “Reagan Revolution” and the the rise of the New Right.

For leading historians Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer, it all starts in 1974. In that one year, the nation was rocked by one major event after another: The Watergate crisis and the departure of President Richard Nixon, the first and only U.S. President to resign; the winding down of the Vietnam War and rising doubts about America’s military might; the fallout from the OPEC oil embargo that paralyzed America with the greatest energy crisis in its history; and the desegregation busing riots in South Boston that showed a horrified nation that our efforts to end institutional racism were failing.

In the years that followed, the story of our own lifetimes would be written. Longstanding historical fault lines over income inequality, racial division, and a revolution in gender roles and sexual norms would deepen and fuel a polarized political landscape. In Fault Lines, Kruse and Zelizer reveal how the divisions of the present day began almost five decades ago, and how they were widened thanks to profound changes in our political system as well as a fracturing media landscape that was repeatedly transformed with the rise of cable TV, the internet, and social media.

How did the United States become so divided? Fault Lines offers a richly told, wide-angle history view toward an answer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393088663
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 29,359
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kevin M. Kruse is an award-winning scholar on twentieth-century American political history. Fault Lines grew out of the hugely popular course that he and Julian Zelizer co-created at Princeton University, The United States Since 1974.

Julian E. Zelizer is an award-winning scholar on twentieth-century American political history. Fault Lines grew out of the hugely popular course that he and Kevin Kruse co-created at Princeton University, The United States Since 1974.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 A Crisis Of Legitimacy 7

Chapter 2 A Crisis Of Confidence 26

Chapter 3 A Crisis Of Identity 44

Chapter 4 A Crisis Of Equality 65

Chapter 5 Turning Right 88

Chapter 6 Fighting Right 113

Chapter 7 Changing Channels 135

Chapter 8 Dividing America 160

Chapter 9 New World Orders 180

Chapter 10 The Roaring 1990s 203

Chapter 11 Scandalized 233

Chapter 12 Compassion And Terror 243

Chapter 13 The Politics Of Mass Destruction 271

Chapter 14 Polarized Politics 289

Chapter 15 The Trump Effect 320

Epilogue 349

Acknoivledgments 359

Notes 361

Index 401

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