America Ascendant: From Theodore Roosevelt to FDR in the Century of American Power, 1901-1945

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NYU Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 561 pages
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A lively tour of the United States in the first half of the twentieth century, America Ascendant traces the development of America's tremendous industrial power and its commercial deployment, at home and abroad. Emphasizing the contributions of those charismatic presidents who shaped the future of politics-- Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt--the book also covers pioneers such as Henry Ford and the Wright brothers, whose technological contributions transformed societies the world over.

The book investigates the phenomena that threatened America's ascendance--the Great Red Scare of 1917- 20 and the rout of organized labor, the Great Crash of 1929 and the searing depression years, and the apartheid policies that undermined American democratic ideals. Moreover, Sean Dennis Cashman sets the American story within the dramatic context of the rise and fall of political empires in Europe and Asia and two devastating world wars. Enriching the volume is an integrated account of the American cultural scene, replete with such figures as Ernest Hemingway, Frank Lloyd Wright, George Gershwin, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Charlie Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith.

Imaginatively conceived, America Ascendant once again reveals Sean Dennis Cashman's flair for bringing American history to life with all its triumphs, drama, and ambiguities.

  

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Contents

Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressives
1
Woodrow Wilson and the New Freedom
38
The Flowing Rhythm of Modern America
51
No Gods No Masters
88
Making Waves in World Affairs 12 1
121
Tell That to the Marines America and World War I
142
Tales of the Jazz Age
182
Nine Mocking Years with the Golden Calf 2 2 o 9 The World Broken in Two
244
Sunset on the New Deal
319
Castles in the Air
346
Kissing Hitler? Round Up the Usual Suspects
382
America and World War II
421
Dear Hearts and Gentle People
454
Withered Is the Garland of the War
486
Bibliography
517
Index
531

Down in the DumpsWelcome to the Depression
257
Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal
280
About the Author
561
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About the author (1998)

Sean Dennis Cashman is the author of various popular books on American history, most recently the third edition of his classic America in the Gilded Age , also available from NYU Press.

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