The Making of Modern America: The Nation from 1945 to the Present

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2012 - History - 365 pages
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The second edition of Dr. Gary A. Donaldson's highly successful textbook The Making of Modern America, introduces students to the cultural, social and political paths the United States has traveled from the end of WWII to the present day. While deftly cataloguing the sweeping changes and major events in America from "Dewey Defeats Truman" through the election of our first black President, this newly updated edition never loses touch with that American history taking place at the level of the people. This edition details not just the United States' rich cultural history, but elegantly repositions it as integral to our understanding of any portion of this country's past. Donaldson provides a factual foundation for students and then pushes them to interpret those facts, framing the discussions essential to any complete study of American history. The Making of Modern America, Second Edition is updated to include: --An expanded chapter titled "America After the New Millenium" which more retrospectively and completely details the 21st century's first decade. --A new chapter titled "The Second Bush and Obama: From the War on Terrorism to the Audacity of Hope" updating readers on the calamitous end to President George W. Bush's second term, the Obama administration's first term challenges and the Great Recession. --Newly revised readings each profiling an historical event, speech or figure--Lee Harvey Oswald to Bill Gates to Condoleeza Rice-- at the conclusion of each chapter.
 

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Contents

1 Postwar Adjustments
1
2 The Early Cold War
25
3 Affluence and Anxiety America in the 1950s
55
4 The Eisenhower Presidency
75
5 Kennedy at Home and Abroad
101
6 We Shall Continue
131
7 The Nation in the 1960s
157
8 Out of the 1960s and into the 1970s The Agony of Change
187
10 The Reagan Years
231
11 The Kinder Gentler Conservatism of George H W Bush
257
12 Bill Clintons America
279
13 America After the New Millennium
303
14 The Second Bush and Obama From theWar on Terrorism to the Audacity of Hope
323
Selected Bibliography
349
Index
355
About the Author
365

9 America in the 1970s The PostWatergate Years
205

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About the author (2012)

Gary A. Donaldson (PhD, LSU) is the Keller Foundation Chair in American History at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. He is the author of numerous books on American political and diplomatic history.

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