20th Century America

20th Century America : A Social and Political History

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For introductory Twentieth Century American History courses.

This book presents a compelling story of both the familiar and distant events and people of the twentieth century. The goal of this book is to emphasize to current and next generation students what they will need to know about our past to function best in the society that emerged from the twentieth century. The authors accomplished this by seeking integration -- combing political and social history, to fit the experience of particular groups into the broader perspective of the American past, and to give voice to minor and major players alike. This strong, clear narrative is told in an engaging, forthright way, but also provides students with an abundance of tools to help them absorb the material and put it into context.
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  • Hardback | 504 pages
  • 203.2 x 256.5 x 25.4mm | 861.84g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130995142
  • 9780130995148

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FROM THE PREFACE "This book began with our students. -I he twentieth century is the time they entered the world, the time they are most familiar with, yet parts of which seem distant, even ancient to them. Their lives, who they are, where they live, and what they believe are most intimately connected with this century Our objective is to render both the familiar and the distant events and people of the twentieth century accessible and connected to our students' lives today, The key to achieving that goal is a strong clear narrative. "Twentieth-Century America" is a compelling story of soaring ideals, incomparable tragedies, and perseverance, which is to say, the stuff of all human history." Learning tools make the twentieth century come alive: American Voices open up each oh the chapters. Consisting of letters, diary entries, and other first-hand accounts, these voices highlight the personal dimensions of the American journey and show students the wealth and variety of experiences that make up the country's history. From Carlotta Silvas Martins' traumatic account of the Great Depression era in the 1930s to Cambodian refugee Celia Noup's harrowing journey to California in the 1980s, these voices set the stage for key themes that are explored in each chapter.American Views, primary-source documents with introductions and pre-reading questions, are found in each chapter and bring people of the past and their concepts vividly alive. Such important topics as the plight of Japanese-Americans interned during World War II and the relationship between religion and politics are examined in these powerful excerpts.Overview Tables in each chapter summarize complex issues.Key Topics, Key Terms, and Review Questions reinforce the concepts presented in each chapter.
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Table of contents

1. The American Journey in 1900.

New Industry.

New Immigrants.

Settling the Race Issue.

New Cities.

Attacking the American Indian Problem.

An Emerging World Power.

2. Toward a Progressive Society.

The Ferment of Reform.

Reforming Industrial Society.

Moral Crusades and Social Control.


3. Progressive Politics: 1900-1916.

Reforming Politics and Government.

Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Presidency.

Taft and the Tensions of Progressive Politics.

Woodrow Wilson and Progressive Reform.


4. Creating an Empire: 1898-1917.

The Roots of Imperialism.

The Spanish-American War.

Imperial Ambitions: The United States and East Asia, 1899-1917.

Imperial Power: The United States and Latin America, 1899-1917.

Playing "An Ever Growing Part:" The United States and Europe, 1900-1914.


5. America and the Great War: 1914-1920.

Waging Neutrality.

Waging War in America.

Waging War and Peace Abroad.

Waging Peace at Home.


6. Toward a Modern America: The 1920s.

The Economy That Roared.

The Business of Government.

Cities and Suburbs.

Mass Culture in the Jazz Age.

Culture Wars.

A New Era in the World?

Herbert Hoover and the Final Triumph of the New Era.


7. Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression: 1929-1933.


Hard Times in Hooverville.

Herbert Hoover and the Depression.

Repudiating Hoover: The Election of 1932.

Waiting for Roosevelt.


8. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Great Depression, and the New Deal: 1933-1939.

Launching the New Deal.

Consolidating the New Deal.

The New Deal and American Life.

Ebbing of the New Deal.

Good Neighbors and Hostile Forces.


9. World War II: 1939-1945.

The Dilemmas of Neurtrality.

Holding the Line.

Mobilizing for Victory.

War and Peace.


10. The Cold War at Home and Abroad: 1946-1952.

Launching the Great Boom.

Truman, Republicans, and the Fair Deal.

Confronting the Soviet Union.

Cold War and Hot War.

The Second Red State.


11. The Confident Years: 1953-1964.

A Decade of Affluence.

Facing Off with the Soviet Union.

John F. Kennedy and the Cold War.

Righteousness Like a Mighty Stream: The Struggle for Civil Rights.

"Let Us Continue."


12. Shaken to the Roots: 1965-1980.

The End of Consensus.

Cities Under Stress.

The Year of the Gun.

Nixon and Watergate.

Jimmy Carter: Idealism and Frustration in the White House.


13. The Reagan Revolution and a Changing World: 1981-1992.

Reagan's Domestic Revolution.

The Second (Short) Cold War.

Growth in the Sunbelt.

Values in Collision.


14. Complacency and Crisis: 1993-2004.

The Politics of the Center.

A New Economy?

Broadening Democracy.

Edging into a New Century.

Paradoxes of Power.




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