The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2010

Paperback | January 23, 2009

byWilliam H. Chafe

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From William H. Chafe, the best-selling author of The Unfinished Journey, comes a new text that offers in-depth and enlightening coverage of the history of the United States in the twentieth century. The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2010 describes the rise- and potential fall - of the U.S., a nation more powerful, more wealthy, and more dominant than any in human history. It also acknowledges the persistent challenges the U.S. has faced and continues to face - inequalities of race, gender, and income that contradict its vision of itself as "a land ofopportunity."Examining the evolution of the United States since 1890, The Rise and Fall of the American Century chronicles the varying mood of the country through its changing presidencies, from the rise of the metropolis and Teddy Roosevelt in the 1890s to the turbulent era of the Bush administration at thebeginning of the twenty-first century. By analyzing the shifting moods and social and political upheavals (both at home and abroad) and the United States's reactions to these events, the book seeks to understand how the country both achieved its vision for itself in some ways but failed to realizeit in others. Working in a political framework, Chafe also provides a strong balance of social and cultural history, touching on the African-American, Latino, and Asian communities, the West, and the changing status of women. The book's epilogue discusses important economic and political eventsthrough 2008, including the financial crisis and the 2008 Presidential Election.

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From William H. Chafe, the best-selling author of The Unfinished Journey, comes a new text that offers in-depth and enlightening coverage of the history of the United States in the twentieth century. The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2010 describes the rise- and potential fall - of the U.S., a natio...

William H. Chafe is Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.8 inPublished:January 23, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195382625

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction: The 1890s, A Preview of the Next Century2. The Dawn of Progressivism3. America and the World4. The Roaring (?) Twenties5. FDR and the New Deal6. World War II: 1941-19457. The Cold War and the Politics of Anti-Communism: 1945-528. Ike and the Affluent Society: An Age of Contradictions9. From Camelot to Fragmentation: The 1960s10. Polarization, Paranoia, and a New Conservatism: America in the 1970s11. Morning in America: Ronald Regan12. The End of One War, the Start of Another: Politics, Culture, and the Specter of Terrorism in the 1990s13. The End of the American Century? The First Decade of the New MillenniumEpilogueIndex

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"One of this country's most distinguished historians, Bill Chafe is at the top of his game as he examines the complexities and paradoxes of American life in this remarkable book." --John Dittmer, author of "Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi"