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Interpretations of American History: From Reconstruction / Edition 8

Interpretations of American History: From Reconstruction / Edition 8

by Francis G. Couvares


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Interpretations of American History: From Reconstruction / Edition 8

Fresh, updated, and just as reliable as ever, Interpretations of American History offers an essential collection of essays and readings on American historiography. Fully revised for a new generation of scholars, the most respected historiographical reader now comes with all the care and quality that you expect from Bedford/St. Martin's.

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ISBN-13: 2900312480508
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 09/10/2008
Edition description: Eighth Edition
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Francis G. Couvares is the E. Dwight Salmon Professor of History and American Studies at Amherst College. He is the author of The Remaking of Pittsburgh: Class and Culture in an Industrializing City 1877-1919 (1984) and editor of Movie Censorship and American Culture, Second Edition (2006).

Martha Saxton is an Associate Professor of History and Women's and Gender Studies and the Elizabeth Bruss Reader at Amherst College. She has written biographies of Louisa May Alcott and Jayne Mansfield, as well as Being Good: Women’s Moral Values In Early America (2003), and numerous essays on women in early America.

Founding editors of Interpretations of American History Gerald N. Grob and George Athan Billias are Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine Emeritus at Rutgers University and Hyatt Professor of History Emeritus at Clark University, respectively.

Table of Contents

Preface iii

1 Introduction to U.S. Historiography 1

2 The Reconstruction Era: How Large Its Scope? 25

Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 [1988] Eric Foner 40

Reconstructing Race [2003] Elliott West 48

3 The Triumph of Capitalism: Efficiency or Class War? 55

The Role of Business in the United States: A Historical Survey [1969] Alfred D. Chandler Jr. 72

Industrializing America [1995] Walter Licht 86

4 American Imperialism: Economic Expansion or Ideological Crusade? 96

That "Splendid Little War" in Historical Perspective [1968] Walter LaFeber 108

The Image of Enemy and Ally [1974] Gerald F. Linderman 116

5 Immigration: American Assimilation or Transnational Race-Making? 127

Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 [1995] George J. Sanchez 142

Transnational Ties [2000] Nancy Foner 153

6 The Progressive Movement: Elitist or Democratic? 165

The Historical Foundations of Women's Power in the Creation of the American Welfare State, 1880-1920 [1993] Kathryn Kish Sklar 180

Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age [1998] Daniel T. Rodgers 187

7 The New Deal: Revolution or Restoration? 207

The Achievement of the New Deal [1985] William Leuchtenburg 222

Struggles for Justice [1991] Alan Dawley 234

8 The Cold War and Beyond: Stability, Hegemony, Chaos? 246

We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History [1997] John Lewis Gaddis 264

The New International History of the Cold War: Three (Possible) Paradigms [2000] Odd Arne Westad 276

9 The Civil Rights Movement: New Directions 287

Martin Luther King, Jr., and theSpirit of Leadership [1987] David J. Garrow 307

We Gotta Make This Our Mississippi [2003] Kwame Ture Stokely Carmichael Ekwueme Michael Thelwell 316

10 Second Wave Feminism: How Inclusive? 325

The Road to Equality, 1962-Today [2000] William H. Chafe 338

Re-Visioning the Women's Liberation Movement's Narrative [2001] Rosalyn Baxandall 352

11 The New Right: Rise . . . and Fall? 366

The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South [2006] Matthew D. Lassiter 381

Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America [1988] John D'Emilio Estelle B. Freedman 396

Index 409

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