Twentieth-Century America: A Brief History

Paperback | November 1, 1999

byThomas C. Reeves

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Twentieth-Century America offers a succinct, comprehensive, and objective examination of recent American history. From Progressivism and the New Deal up to the present, Reeves covers all aspects of American history without burying students in unnecessary detail and trivia. This allows studentsto grasp the major developments and continuities of American history and to come away with a cohesive picture of the twentieth century. From William McKinley and the Wright Brothers to Michael Jordan and Monica Lewinsky, Reeves lays bare the whole of the twentieth century with an interpretation thatstrives for an unbiased and accurate presentation of the real story of American history. The author conveys vivid accounts of the changes in the political arena, public policy, popular culture, industry, economy, race, gender, and class that defined the times, and explores the great strides made intechnology, living standards, working conditions, and education. He stresses social as well as political and economic history, emphasizing the roles played by all Americans--including immigrants, minorities, women, and working people--and pays special attention to such topics as religion, crime,morality, public health, national prosperity, and the media. Reeves presents both sides of controversial subjects and is careful to point out which interpretations were most strongly supported. The recommended readings at the end of each chapter have been specifically selected to appeal to studentsand to acquaint them with the most readable and provocative books on each era. For a clear and fascinating look at the often exciting and always important history of the United States, Twentieth-Century America is an indispensable text for all students interested in a lucid historical overview ofthis country's past one hundred years.

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Twentieth-Century America offers a succinct, comprehensive, and objective examination of recent American history. From Progressivism and the New Deal up to the present, Reeves covers all aspects of American history without burying students in unnecessary detail and trivia. This allows studentsto grasp the major developments and continu...

Thomas C. Reeves is at Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.71 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. By 19002. Progressivism and the New Deal3. The Trials and Triumphs of Progressivism4. The First World War5. The Twenties6. The Depression Decade7. The World at War Again8. Postwar Challenges9. The "Best Years"10. Era of Upheaval11. Nixon's America12. Years of Disillusionment13. Dynamic Conservatism14. Into the Nineties15. The Close of the Century

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"Finally, a lively U.S. history text full of facts, not polemics. With Twentieth-Century America, Thomas Reeves has given students an engaging, balanced narrative of the dramatic events, and sometimes disturbing trends, that have shaped our lives in recent times."--Kenneth J. Heineman, OhioUniversity, Lancaster Campus