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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

“A gripping and troubling account of the origins of our turbulent times.”— Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States

When did America become polarized? For leading historians Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer, it all starts in 1974 with the Watergate crisis, the OPEC oil embargo, desegregation busing riots in Boston, and the winding down of the Vietnam War.

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, called “refreshingly frank” by Eric Wakin of the New York Times, Kruse and Zelizer reveal how the discord of the present day began almost five decades ago. They deftly tell the story of how these rifts 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393357707
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (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