Perspectives on Modern America: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century

Paperback | September 13, 2000

EditorHarvard Sitkoff

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In Perspectives on Modern America: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century, Harvard Sitkoff brings together some of America's most distinguished scholars to survey and analyze the twentieth century. The impressive list of contributors includes Paul Boyer, Lizabeth Cohen, Sara M. Evans,Jacqueline Jones, William E. Leuchtenburg, and Charles Payne. Each contributor has written a broadly interpretive essay on a key aspect of American life and how it has changed over the past one hundred years, offering vivid end-of-the-century snapshots of our past troubles and triumphs-of thepeople, ideas, events, and developments that mattered most. The essays address a wide range of political, social, and economic issues including the history of liberalism and conservatism; the labor movement and the distribution of wealth; immigration and ethnicity; the status of women and AfricanAmericans; changes in the South and the West; consumer culture; the federal government; foreign policy; religion; and American cultural and intellectual life. The book includes astute portraits of such historical turning points as the Progressive era, the Great Depression and Second World War,American society in the 1960s, and the Reagan revolution. It also includes thoughtful essays on the growth and decline of organized labor, the limits of the American welfare state, the persistent systems of inequality, and the means employed to resist oppression. Offering a challenging andenlightening assessment of the past one hundred years, Perspectives on Modern America: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century is an essential text for undergraduates in twentieth-century American history and will also appeal to general readers.

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In Perspectives on Modern America: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century, Harvard Sitkoff brings together some of America's most distinguished scholars to survey and analyze the twentieth century. The impressive list of contributors includes Paul Boyer, Lizabeth Cohen, Sara M. Evans,Jacqueline Jones, William E. Leuchtenburg, and Charle...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 13, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195128659

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ContributorsIntroduction: Harvard Sitkoff1. William E. Leuchtenburg: The Twentieth-Century Presidency:2. Lisa McGirr: Piety and Property: Conservatism and Right-Wing Movements in the Twentieth Century:3. Cheryl Greenberg: Twentieth-Century Liberalisms: Transformations of an Ideology:4. Robert J. McMahon: The Republic as Empire: American Foreign Policy in the "American Century":5. Kevin Boyle: Work Places: The Economy and the Changing Landscape of Labor, 1900-2000:6. Jacqueline Jones: The History and Politics of Poverty in Twentieth-Century America:7. Lizabeth Cohen: Citizens and Consumers in the Century of Mass Consumption:8. Sara M. Evans: American Women in the Twentieth Century:9. Charles Payne: "You duh Man!": African Americans in the Twentieth Century:10. Nancy MacLean: From the Benighted South to the Sunbelt: The South in the Twentieth Century:11. Peggy Pascoe: Democracy, Citizenship, and Race: The West in the Twentieth Century:12. Paul Boyer: The Chameleon with Nine Lives: American Religion in the Twentieth Century:13. Gary Gerstle: Immigration and Ethnicity in the American Century:14. Jackson Lears: The Iron Cage and Its Alternatives in Twentieth-Century American Thought:Index

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"This is a rare and wonderful anthology. Fifteen scholars at the top of their craft do more than provide, in vigorous prose, a splendid introduction to America's last century. Broad and empathetic, their essays also help us confront the hopes and tragedies of the new one."--Michael Kazin,Georgetown University