The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - History - 596 pages
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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Chafe offers us a history of the post war period that one would best categorize as "progressive," a history in which the activism of everyday people is the driving engine of change that enables ... Read full review

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The War Years
Origins of the Cold War
Truman and the Cold War
The Other Half of the Walnut Social Reform and Activism in the Postwar Years
The Paradox of Change American Society in the Postwar Years
The Civil Rights Movement The Gods Bring Threads to Webs Begin
John F Kennedy The Reality and the Myth
LBJ The Trial of Consensus
Bringing Us Together
New Rules Old Realities The Continuing Intersection of Gender Class and Race in the Seventies
The Reagan Years
The 1990s A Referendum on the PostWorld War II Years
2000 and Beyond
Bibliographical Essay

VietnamThe Early Years
Lyndons War
Coming Apart at Home

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William H. Chafe is at Duke University.

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