Depression to Cold War: A History of America from Herbert Hoover to Ronald Reagan

Front Cover
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - History - 300 pages


Organized around the office of the president, this study focuses on American behavior at home and abroad from the Great Depression to the onset of the end of the Cold War, two key points during which America sought a re-definition of its proper relationship to the world. Domestically, American society continued the process of industrialization and urbanization that had begun in the 19th century. Urban growth accompanied industrialism, and more and more Americans lived in cities. Because of industrial growth and the consequent interest in foreign markets, the United States became a major world power. American actions as a nation, whether as positive attempts to mold events abroad or as negative efforts to enjoy material abundance in relative political isolation, could not help but affect the course of world history.

Under President Hoover, the federal government was still a comparatively small enterprise; challenges of the next six decades would transform it almost beyond belief, touching in one way or another almost every facet of American life. Before the New Deal, few Americans expected the government to do anything for them. By the end of the Second World War and in the aftermath of the Great Depression, however, Americans had turned to Washington for help. Even the popular Reagan presidency of the 1980s, the most conservative since Hoover, would fail to undo the basic New Deal commitment to assist struggling Americans. There would be no turning back the clock, at home or abroad.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

ya'll put good evidence but how do ya'll know for sure that the president did that and how do ya'll know what they do and how they did it. Give more evidence of how you know and supporting details. Did ya'll teacher teach ya'll anything in school because to me this stuff does not make sense because ya'll be quick to try and be done with typing and doing other stuff.... I'm not mad its just that ya'll just type anything and try to hurry up and submit read over your work and make sure that it make sense and that is a good publish Its just that ya'll have to be like me because i made all A's because i do my work and not try to hurry up and submit.So HEEHEEEHEEEHEE HAAHAAHAAA I don't know what im talking about when i started to laugh ,Okay BYEEEEEEEEEEE 

Contents

The Turn of the American Century
1
A New Deal for the American People
21
The Slow Death of Versailles
45
Call to Arms
69
America at War
89
The Transition
109
Navigating the Middle Road
137
The Promise of Greatness
163
The Great Society
183
White House under Siege
205
A Time for Healing
225
The Conservative Revolution
245
Selected Bibliography
275
Index
295
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)

JOSEPH M. SIRACUSA is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Among his books are A History of United States Foreign Policy, America's Australia: Australia's America, and Into the Dark House: American Diplomacy and the Idealogical Origins of the Cold War.

DAVID G. COLEMAN is Assistant Professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. He is co-editor of The Presidential Recordings: John F. Kennedy (forthcoming).

Bibliographic information