A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America

Paperback | December 7, 2011

EditorWilliam H. Chafe, Harvard Sitkoff, Beth Bailey

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This popular and comprehensive anthology presents cogent, provocative articles from differing political perspectives on major issues in postwar America. In addition to selections by leading historians, the editors have assembled first-person accounts of various issues by those who havecontributed to the shaping of America's rich history, including Bill Clinton, Joseph McCarthy, Anne Moody, Robin Morgan and Phyllis Schlafly. Providing a balance of diverse political viewpoints, the documents include the voices of men and women of African American, European American, Asian Americanand Latino/a descent.The eighth edition has been considerably revised to update this anthology from 2008. Taking into consideration events of the last four years such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, the editors have redrawn charts with the most up-to-date census data,revised old articles and added nine new selections including excerpts from Jeremy Varon, David Farber and President Barack Obama. The reorganized table of contents more easily lends itself to classroom discussions and assignments, while students will find the new section five, "Rebellion andCounterculture", enthralling with its enhanced coverage of the United States' long history of revolution. With the broader discussion of rights revolutions of race and ethnicity offered by the new selections, the eighth edition of A History of Our Time gives a clearer, more encompassing view of theUnited States' collective history.

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This popular and comprehensive anthology presents cogent, provocative articles from differing political perspectives on major issues in postwar America. In addition to selections by leading historians, the editors have assembled first-person accounts of various issues by those who havecontributed to the shaping of America's rich histo...

William H. Chafe is Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University (Ph. D. at Columbia University). He specializes in 20th Century US History, particularly race and gender equality. His books include The Unfinished Journey (OUP, 2007) and Private Lives/Public Consequences (Harvard UP, 2005). Harvard Sitkoff is Professor o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePart 1: America Becomes A World PowerRobert McMahon: World War II and the Destruction of the Old OrderGeorge F. Kennan: The Necessity for Containment (1946)HUAC Investigates Hollywood (1947)Joseph R. McCarthy: The Internal Communist Menace (1950)John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr: The Verona Project and Atomic EspionageEditors of Good Housekeeping: A Frightening Message for a Thanksgiving Issue (1958)Dwight D. Eisenhoser: President Eisenhower's Farewell Address (1961)John F. Kennedy: The Cuban Missile Crisis: President Kennedy's Address to the Nation (1962)Part 2: The Politics and Culture of the Affluent SocietyThomas Hine: The Luckiest GenerationRoland Marchand: Trends in Postwar American Culture and SocietyThe Myers Move to LevittownStudents for a Democratic Society: The Port Huron Statement (1962)Young Americans for Freedom: The Sharon Statement (1960)John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address (1961)Lyndon B. Johnson: "The Great Society": Remarks at the University of Michigan (1964)Bruce J. Schulman: Lyndon B. Johnson and American LiberalismPart 3: Civil Rights and Racial JusticeSupreme Court of the United States: Brown v. Board of Education (1954)Declaration of Constitutional Principals: The Southern ManifestoAnne Moody: A Lunch-Counter Sit In in Jackson, Mississippi (1968)Harvard Sitkoff: We Shall Overcome (1965)Black Panther Party: What We Want, What We Believe (1966)F. Arturo Rosales: Chicano!Indians of all Tribes: Proclamation (1969)Part 4: The Vietnam WarLyndon B. Johnson: Peace without Conquest (1965)Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway: We Were Soldiers once...and YoungStudents for a Democratic Society: March on Washington: The War Must Be StoppedJohn Kerry: Vietnam Veterans against the War (1971)Who Fought the WarWilliam Clinton: Letter to the Draftboard (1969)Robert McNamara: In RetrospectMichael Lind: The Genuine Lessons of the Vietnam WarPart 5: Rebellion and CountercultureThe Diggers: Trip without a Ticket (1968)Karin Ashley et al.: You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows (1969)Jeremy Varon: Revolutionary Violence in the United States and West GermanyArthur Kopecky: Journals from a Taos Commune (1971)David Farber: The Intoxicated State/Illegal NationPart 6: Struggles over Gender and Sexual LiberationJane Sherron De Hart: The Creation of a Feminist ConsciousnessNational Organization for Women: Statement of Pupose (1966)Robin Morgan and New York Radical Women: No More Miss AmericaEnriqueta Longeaux Vasquez: Soy Chicana Primero! (1971)Phyllis Schlafly: What's Wrong with "Equal Rights" for Women? (1972)Justice Harry A. Blackmun: Roe v Wade (1973)Martha Shelley: Gay Is Good (1970)Beth Bailey: Sexual Revolutions(s)Part 7: Age of UncertaintyPeter Schrag: The Forgotten American (1969)Kim McQuaid: WatergateDavid Farber: Taken HostageJimmy Carter: The "Crisis of Confidence" Speech: President Carter's Address to the Nation (1979)Misery IndexPart 8: A New Era of ConservatismDan Carter: The Politics of Anger 1963-1968Lisa McGirr: Piety and Property: Conservatism and Right-Wing Movements in the Twentieth CenturyE.J. Dionne, Jr.: The Religious Right and the New Republican PartyWilliam C. Berman: America's Right TurnRonald W. Reagan: "The Second American Revolution": President Reagan's State of the Union Address (1985)Newt Gingrich: The Republican Contract with America (1994)Part 9: The United States and the World in the Post-Cold War EraGeorge C. Herring: From the Persian Gulf War to Iraq and Afghanistan: Confronting the Post-Cold War WorldPeter Coates and Vincent Vok: 9/11George W. Bush: "Axis of Evil" Speech: President Bush's State of the Union Address (2002)Pew Global Attitudes Project: Image of the United States (2005)Daniel H. Pink: "Why the World is Flat": Interview with Thomas FriedmanGlobal Exchange: Top Ten Reasons to Oppose the World Trade OrganizationPart 10: The Changing Shape of American SocietyBarack Obama: A More Perfect Union (2008)Glenn Beck: 9 Principles, 12 ValuesJ.R. Mcneill: Our Gigantic Experiment with Planet EarthUnited States Census Bureau: The New ImmigrationStephanie Coontz: Great Expectations (2004)The American People in the Early Twenty-first Century