The Cold War and Postwar America 1946-1963

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Infobase Publishing, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 136 pages
After the atomic bomb ended World War II, U.S. troops began to return from abroad, and President Truman was tasked with rebuilding the nation. As Truman installed a variety of new programs specifically designed to provide employment opportunities to the American people, the USSR continued to consolidate its power in Eastern Europe and forge new alliances with emerging Communist governments---relationships that would spark the beginning of the Cold War. Meanwhile, as the Korean War and Mao Zedong captivated Asia, the United States was experiencing the beginnings of rock `n' roll, the civil rights movement, television, and a race to explore space. The Cold War and Postwar America examines a time that saw the United States gain its superpower status and engage in a decadeslong cold war with the Communist powers of the world.

Discovering U.S. History spans the complex and dramatic history of the United States from prehistoric times to the present day. Through a compelling narrative, thought-provoking boxed insets, and lively illustrations, each volume brings to life the people and events that have shaped the nation.
 

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Contents

The Eve of Destruction
7
Cold War America 19461963
10
Origins of the Cold War
13
Trumans War
23
Trumans Agenda at Home
34
Trumans Second Term
47
Cold War America
62
The Eisenhower Era
75
The Kennedy Years
101
Chronology and Timeline
118
Glossary
122
Bibliography
126
Further Resources
128
Picture Credits
131
Index
132
About the Author and Consultant
136

Affluence and Cultural Change
88

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About the author (2010)

Tim McNeese is associate professor of history at York College in York, Nebraska. He has published more than 100 books and educational materials and has earned a citation in the library reference work Contemporary Authors and multiple citations in Best Books for Young Teen Readers. In 2006, McNeese appeared on the History Channel program Risk Takers/History Makers: John Wesley Powell and the Grand Canyon.
Richard Jensen is Research Professor at Montana State University, Billings. He has published 11 books on a wide range of topics in American political, social, military, and economic history.

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