The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - History - 596 pages
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This popular classic text chronicles America's roller-coaster journey through the decades since World War II. Considering both the paradoxes and the possibilities of post-war America, Chafe portrays the significant cultural and political themes that have colored our country's past and present, including issues of race, class, gender, foreign policy, and economic and social reform. He examines such subjects as the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, the origins and the end of the Cold War, the culture of the 1970s, the Reagan years, the Clinton presidency, and the events of September 11th and their aftermath.
In this edition, Chafe provides an insightful assessment of Clinton's legacy as president, particularly in light of his impeachment, and an entirely new chapter that examines the impact of two of America's most pivotal events of the twenty-first century: the 2000 presidential election turmoil and the September 11th terrorist attacks. Chafe puts forth an excellent account of George W. Bush's first year as president and also covers his subsequent role as a world leader following his administration's declared war on terrorism. The completely revised epilogue and updated bibliographic essay offer a compelling and controversial final commentary on America's past and its future. Brilliantly written by a prize-winning historian, the fifth edition of The Unfinished Journey is an essential text for all students of recent American history.
  

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This was a really cool book! I was pleasantly surprised since this is a text book for a class. I actually read the whole thing rather than just assigned portions Read full review

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Having read this during a History course at university i would highly recommend it. It both contributed to helping me pass the course and was an interesting read throughout. Read full review

Contents

The War Years
3
Origins of the Cold War
31
Truman and the Cold War
53
The Other Half of the Walnut Social Reform and Activism in the Postwar Years
76
The Paradox of Change American Society in the Postwar Years
106
The Civil Rights Movement The Gods Bring Threads to Webs Begin
140
John F Kennedy The Reality and the Myth
174
LBJ The Trial of Consensus
216
1968
333
Bringing Us Together
369
New Rules Old Realities The Continuing Intersection of Gender Class and Race in the Seventies
416
The Reagan Years
455
The 1990s A Referendum on the PostWorld War II Years
481
2000 and Beyond
525
Epilogue
549
Bibliographical Essay
555

VietnamThe Early Years
241
Lyndons War
266
Coming Apart at Home
294

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William H. Chafe is at Duke University.

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