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About 510 free online books 20th Century U.S., resulting from a search for books on “United States United States – 20th Century”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Great New England Storms of the 20th century, Great American Illustrators, Growing Up in Boston during the Great Depression, American Musical Life 1925-1945, 1950: Crossroads of American Religious Life, Merchants, Power and the Rise of a New American Culture, American Art Composers, their music and the American Scene, many more books on the U.S. in the 20th Century. U.S. history 20th century, modern American history.
About 90 free online books U.S. Popular Culture 20th Century. Some books: Art and Modernism in the United States, The Culture of the Cold War, All Consuming Images, Home Front America, American Culture in the 1910s, Popular Culture in the Age of Globalization, Coon Dogs that Lie to You, Killer Pancakes and other Lunacies, Pop Culture the Way it Almost Was, Many more. Modern American history, books on U.S. history.
About 80 free online books U.S. Intellectual Life 20th Century. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: The Metaphysical Club, The Closing of the American Mind, Divided Knowledge: Across Disciplines – Across Cultures, Writers for the Nation: American Literary Modernism, Democracy Culture and the Voice of Poetry, American Culture in the Sixties, Postmodernist Turn, American Studies, many more books on American Intellectual Life. Modern American history books, 20th century US history of ideas.
About 140 free online books U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Some books: Martin Luther King Jr., Struggling for Civil Rights, The Nation in Turmoil, The History of the American Civil Rights Movement, The Cultural Rights Movement, Struggle for Black Equality, Profiles of a New Black Vanguard, The Civil Rights Movement, Women of the Civil Rights Movement, many more books on the Civil Rights Movement. Modern American history, 20th Century Civil Rights movement.
About 280 free online books U.S. in World War I. Some books: The U.S. Enters WWI, Neutrality for the U.S. The Yanks are Coming, Hooray for Peace – Hurrah for War, The Great Departure, The U.S. in World War I, WWI and the Origin of Civil Liberties in the U.S., The U.S. in German Naval Planning 1889-1941, Crusader Nation, America’s First Air War, Labor Market Politics and the Great War, many more books on the U.S. in WWI.
About 70 free online books U.S. History 1919-1933. Some books: The Crisis of the Old Order 1919-1933, Flappers, Bootleggers, Typhoid Mary and the Bomb, The U.S. 1929-1945, Only Yesterday, The Roaring Twenties, Portraits of America from the 1920s, Modern Scandals, Hard Times: an oral history of the Great Depression, That Jazz! idiosyncratic history of the American 20s, many more books on U.S. History 1919-1933. Modern American history.
About 25 free online books U.S. in the Inter-War Period 1918-1939. Some books: The Great Depression, Resort City in the Sunbelt: Las Vegs 1930-1970, U.S. Navy Balloons and the Airship Program, The Munich Crisis 1938, Sports in America 1920-1939, The First American Film Avant-Garde 1919-1945, The Powder Puff Derby of 1929, The Seabiscuit Story, Isolationism, Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America, many more books on the Inter-War period.
About 100 free online books U.S. New Deal. Some books: Capitalists against Markets, A People’s History of the 1920s and the New Deal, Rural Migration in the U.S., Franklin Roosevelt, Depression America, FDR’s New Deal, Life in the Time of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Great Depression, How Corporate America Invented Christian America, Power Politics in the Age of Roosevelt, many more books on the New Deal era.
About 110 free online books U.S. Politics & Government 1933-1945. Some books: Contours of Public Policy 1939-1945, A History of the American Liberty League, The New Deal and the Triumph of Liberalism, The New Deal: analysis and interpretation, The Roosevelt Era, Father Coughlin and the New Deal, The Impact of the New Deal on American Thought, Conservatism, Rural American and the New Deal, many more books on Politics and Government 1933-1945.
About 40 free online books U.S. Social Conditions 1933-1945. Some books: War and Society, Daily Life in the U.S.: 1940-1959, The Crisis of Social Modernism in Postwar America, Studies in the Social Aspects of the Depression, The People and the President, Documenting America 1935-1943, Brother Can You Spare a Dime?, The 1930s in America, Dear Mrs. Roosevelt, many more books on U.S. Social Conditions. Modern American history.
About 150 books free online U.S. Foreign Relations 20th Century. Some books: America’s Foreign Relations since World War I, Ideas and Interests in 20th Century American Foreign Policy, Imperial America, Modern American Diplomacy, American Diplomacy in the 20th Century, From Wilson to Roosevelt, America in World Affairs, America’s Rise to World Power, Intervention against Communism, many more books on 20th Century U.S. Foreign Relations.
About 60 free online books U.S. Foreign Relations 1933-1945. Some books: The Age of Global Power, The Politics of War, Good Neighbor Diplomacy, Rendezvous with Destiny, America at War in Color, Fighting the Shadow War, America and the Origins of WWII, American Aid to France 1938-1940, The Illusion of Neutrality, The Roosevelt Foreign Policy 1933-1941, many more books on U.S. Foreign Relations. Modern American history.
About 100 books U.S. Foreign Relations with the Soviet Union. Some books: Soviet-American Relations in the Atomic Age, My Three Years in Moscow, The Story of Russia and America, The Cold War: Containment and its critics, U.S.-Soviet Relations, Public Diplomacy: U.S. vs USSR, Superpower Competition and Security in the Third World, Origins of the Cold War, many more books on U.S. – Soviet Relations.
About 170 books U.S. Foreign Relations 1989-. Some books: Making U.S. Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War World, The Future of American Foreign Policy, Security Without War, Deterring Democracy, Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy, A Search for Enemies, Idealism Without Illusions, Temptations of a Superpower, The Face of Imperialism, many more books on U.S. Foreign Relations after 1989. Modern American history.
About 100 books U.S. Foreign Relations 2001. Some books: The Imperial Temptation of America, Empire, Memo to the President Elect, After Bush: the case for continuity in American Foreign Policy, Managing American Hegemony, The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power, Bushworld, many more books on U.S. Foreign Policy after 2001.
About 1,300 free online books U.S. in World War 2. Some books: The U.S. at War 1941-1945, The U.S. in World War II, The U.S. Marine Corps in WWII, The U.S. Army in WWII, Experience of War, History of U.S. Naval Operations in WWII, The Big Three: the U.S. Britain Russia, Hitler’s Plan to Attack the U.S., The Liberation of the Philippines, Destroyer Operations in WWII, many more books on the U.S. in WWII.
About 100 books WWII-U.S.. Some books: The First Offensive 1942, American Society in Wartime, Defense of the Western Hemisphere, America at War, War as a Social Institution, Postcards from WWII, Administrative Reflections from WWII, WWII Letters from American Women on the Home Front, Commander in Chief, U.S. War Aims, many more books on the U.S. in WWII.
About 100 books WWII-Diplomatic History. Some books: The Diplomacy of Global War 1939-1945, Summit at Teheran, New Alliances 1940-1941, Why War Was Not Prevented, Allied Policy and the European Peace 1939-1945, Nazi-Soviet Relations 1939-1945, Hitler & Japan: the hollow alliance, British Foreign Policy in the 2nd World War, The Great Betrayal, The Great Powers Partition Europe from Munich to Yalta, many more book on diplomacy during WWII. Modern American history.
About 150 books WWII-American Personal Narratives. Some books: The Taste of War, The Greatest Generation, To Hell and Back, Survivor, No Greater Love: the story of our soldiers, The Last Good War, WWII: it changed us forever, Serenade to the Big Bird, Remembering World War II, Women Remember the War, A True Story of Love, Families and WWII, Eyewitness D-Day, many more personal narratives of WWII.
About 80 free online books Korean War 1950-1953. Some books: The U.S. and Biological Warfare, The U.S. Air Force in Korea 1950-1953, Pictorial History of the Korean War, MIG Alley, Korea 1950: Pusan to Chosin, The Diplomacy of War: the case of Korea, Living through the Korean War, Rethinking the Korean War, The Battle for Pusan, The Coldest Winter, many more books about the Korean War.
About 320 free online books U.S. Politics & Government 1945-1989. Some books: American Politics since 1945, Inside the System, Democracy Challenged, The Failure of Polities in America, Essays and Commentary on American Politics, Stability and Change in Congress, The Conservative Decade, Readings in American Government, many more books on U.S. Politics and Government 1945-1989. Modern American history.
About 250 free online books U.S. Foreign Relations 1945-1989. Some books: The U.S. and the World Communities in the Eighties, The Politics of Decision Making in Defense and Foreign Affairs, Major Problems of U.S. Foreign Policy, Reflections on American Foreign Policy since 1945, America’s Role in World Affairs, Estrangement: America and the World, Global Challenge to the U.S., many more books about U.S. Foreign Policy after 1945.
About 50 free online books Cold War 1945-1989. Some books: The Fifty Years War, The Cold War Ends, The Cold War: Collapse of Communism, McCarthyism, Cold War America, The Culture of the Cold War, The Global Cold War, The Cold War Reference Guide, Living under the Threat of Nuclear War, Cold War and Détente 1941-91, Neither Dead nor Red, many more books on the U.S. in the Cold War.
About 80 free online books U.S. History Post-1945. Some books: A History of the U.S. since 1945, Politics and Religion in the U.S., The Cambridge History of American Theater, A History of Mexican Americans in Houston, Modern Scandals, The Fifties: a women’s oral history, The Truman Presidency, American Life in the Reagan-Bush Era, Century of War, many more books on post-WWII. Modern American history.
Nearly 1,000 books Vietnam War 1961-1975. Some books: The New Face of War, Memories of Vietnam: war in the first person, The Face of South Vietnam, The Agony of Viet Nam, Verdicts on Vietnam, The Vietnam War and International Law, Vietnam – the Christian – the Gospel – The Church, The Vietnam War: leaders and generals, The Vietnam Reader, many more books on the Vietnam War.
About 150 books Watergate. Some books: Watergate Revisited, Watergate: America in Crisis, Night-mare: the underside of the Nixon Years, The Fireside Watergate, The Watergate Hearings, The World Behind Watergate, “I Am Not a Crook”, The Presidential Scandal that Shook America, The Friends of Richard Nixon, many more books on Watergate.
About 80 free online books U.S. Social Life and Customs. Some books: The Politics of Popular Culture, America as a Foreign Culture, Unknown America, Living in the USA, Waking Up Screaming from the American Dream, A Pictorial Celebration of America, A Cultural History of the U.S.: the 1990s, The Bubba Handbook, American Culture at Century’s End, many more books on U.S. Social Life and Customs after 1971. Modern American history.
About 150 free online books U.S. Social Conditions”. Some books: The U.S.: a study of a developing country, Racial Formation in the U.S., American Society Inc., American Counterculture of the 1960s, The Nation in Turmoil, The Geography of Social Well-being in the U.S., The Economic Crisis and American Society, Crisis in American Institutions, many more books on U.S. Social Conditions.
About 270 free online books U.S. Social Conditions. Some books: Terrorism in the U.S., Experiencing Race, Class and Gender in the U.S., The New Face of America, Race Relations in the U.S. Social Stratification in the U.S., The Untold Story of Social Change in the U.S., Discovering America As It Is, Fractured Cities, Our Diverse Society, Dark Ages America, Moral Order and Social Disorder, many more books on U.S. Social Conditions. Modern American history.
About 260 free online books U.S. Politics & Government 1989 & After. Some books: Idiot America: how stupidity became a virtue, George Herbert Walker Bush, Reaganism and the Death of Representative Democracy, An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America, Media and the Decay of American Politics, The Christian Coalition, Contemporary America, Drift: the unmooring of American military power, many more books on U.S. Politics and Government after 1989.
About 90 free online books Persian Gulf War. Some books: Saddam Hussein’s Nuclear threat to the U.S., The Absence of Grand Strategy, Desert Storm – the First Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield, Persian Gulf War, U.S. Air Power in the Gulf War, The Presidency and the Persian Gulf War, U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf, The New World Order and America’s Purpose, many more books on the Gulf War.
About 180 free online books U.S. Politics & Government 1993-2001. Some books: The Clinton Years, Disunited States, The Disputed Presidential Election of 2000, Governance in the Clinton Years, Ending Welfare as we Know It, The Clinton Presidency, The American Congress in the 1990s, Defense Planning for the Late 1990s, The politics of Illusion in the Clinton Era, many more books on Politics and Government.
About 250 free online books U.S. Politics & Government 2001 & After. Some books: Imperial America, Failed States, Encounters in the Disgruntled States, Anti-Americanism in Europe, The Ethics of George W. Bush, Who is Hillary Clinton? The Iraq War, Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, George W. Bush, Bush’s War, The New American Militarism, The Assassins’ Gate, U.S. Progressive Political Movements in the 21st Century, many more books on Politics and Government after 2001.
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Almost 300 books War on Terrorism. Some books: Power – Terror – Peace and War, The Next Attack, War Without End, The War in Afghanistan, National Security, Are Efforts to Reduce Terrorism Successful, 10 Steps to Defeat Global Terror, Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism, The War on Terror, U.S. Counterinsurgency Methods & the Global War on Terror, many other books on the War on Terrorism.
About 100 free online books Afghanistan War. Some books: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, How Should the U.S. Proceed in Afghanistan, My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram and Kandahar, Operation Homecoming, The Taliban, The American Presidency in the Age of Drone Warfare, Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan, many more books on the War in Afghanistan.
About 150 free online books Iraq War. Some books: Failed States, When Diplomacy Fails, How Should the U.S. Proceed in Iraq, Attack in Iraq, Letters to Home from Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Second Iraq War, Ending the War in Iraq, The Iraq War: origins and consequences, many more books on the Iraq War. Modern American history.
About 70 free online books U.S. Politics & Government 2009-2017. Some books: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right, Clashing Views on Political Issues, Obama’s Four Horsemen, The Tea Party: a brief history, Resisting Centralized Government’s Stranglehold on America, What Went Wrong?, How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery, 50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America, Trump Talk, Best American Political Writing, many more books on Politics and Government since 2009.
Norton 1987 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. “With deft portraits of many world figures, Dean Acheson analyzes the processes of policy making, the necessity for decision, and the role of power and initiative in matters of state. Acheson (1893–1971) was not only present at the creation of the postwar world, he was one of its chief architects. He joined the Department of State in 1941 as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and, with brief intermissions, was continuously involved until 1953, when he left office as Secretary of State at the end of the Truman years. Throughout that time Acheson’s was one of the most influential minds and strongest wills at work. It was a period that included World War II, the reconstruction of Europe, the Korean War, the development of nuclear power, the formation of the United Nations and NATO. It involved him at close quarters with a cast that starred Truman, Roosevelt, Churchill, de Gaulle, Marshall, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Attlee, Eden Bevin, Schuman, Dulles, de Gasperi, Adenauer, Yoshida, Vishinsky, and Molotov.” -Publisher
University of Chicago 1957 Dewey Dec. 973.91
The author “reviews the events and crises that have marked postwar history— the Yalta and Potsdam conferences, the Berlin airlift, the Eightieth Congress and Truman’s election, the Hiss case, the collapse of Nationalist China, the McCarthy hearings, the atom and hydrogen bombs, McCarthy’s “retirement,” and Eisenhower’s first election. .. He presents a vigorous and brilliant interpretation of the difficult years of America’s coming of age in the field of international politics and diplomacy and a candid evaluation of the price America must pay as the world’s most powerful nation.” – Publisher
Contents: From San Francisco to Potsdam – 1946: The year of frustration – The Eightieth Congress – Hiss, Chiang, Fuchs, and the bomb – McCarthy and Korea – “The Mess in Washington” – The making of a President – “Peace” and the Bandung Conference. Modern American history.
Allen, Frederick Lewis
Perennial Classics 2000 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Originally published 1931. “An account of the years from the spring of 1919 to 1931. It is a kaleidoscopic picture of American politics, society, manners, morals, and economic conditions.” – Booklist
“A swiftly moving, well-integrated American chronicle, recording with wit and sagacity ‘the fads and fashions and follies of the time, the things which millions of people thought about, and talked about and became excited about and which at once touched their daily lives,’ while indicating fundamental trends in national life and thought.” -NY Libr
Contents: Prelude: May, 1919 – Back to Normalcy – The Big Red Scare – America Convalescent – The Revolution in Manners and Morals – Harding and the Scandals – Coolidge Prosperity – The Ballyhoo Years – The Revolt of the Highbrows – Alcohol and Al Capone – Home, Sweet Florida – The Big Bull Market – Crash! – Aftermath: 1930-31
September 3, 1929-September 3, 1939
Allen, Frederick Lewis
Perennial Classics 1986 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Originally published 1939. See the description of the other volume by Frederick Allen on this page; ‘Only Yesterday’.
Contents: Prelude: September 3, 1929 – Exit prosperity – Down, down, down – A change of government – New Deal honeymoon – A change of climate – Reform-and recovery? – When the farms blew away – The voice with the smile wins – With pen and camera through darkest America – Friction and recession – The shadow of war. Modern American history.
Ambrose, Stephen E.
Penguin 1988 Dewey Dec. 973.9
“Offers a concise and informative view of the evolution of American foreign policy from 1938 to the end of the Reagan presidency. In light of recent scholarship, Professor Ambrose discusses past events such as World War II, the Eisenhower administration, Vietnam, and the Iran hostage crisis. He also examines closely such recent topics as the Strategic Defense Initiative, the Iran scandal, Nicaragua, international terrorism, the Iceland Summit, and the American Summit. In light of the enormous global power of the United States, Ambrose analyzes how American character traits – economic aggressiveness, racism, fear of Communism – have shaped the country’s evolving foreign policy. Ambrose’s probing and thematic examination of events makes ‘Rise to Globalism’ an invaluable work.” – Book cover.
Contents: 1. The Twisting Path to War — 2. The War in Europe — 3. The War in Asia — 4. The Beginnings of the Cold War — 5. The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan — 6. Containment Tested — 7. Korea — 8. Eisenhower, Dulles and the Irreconcilable Conflict — 9. From Hungary and Suez to Cuba — 10. Kennedy and the New Frontiers — 11. Vietnam: Paying the Cost of Containment — 12. Nixon, Detente, and the Debacle in Vietnam — 13. America in the Middle East and Africa — 14. Carter and the National Malaise — 15. Reagan and the Evil Empire — 16. The End of the Cold War — 17. Bush and the Gulf War.
Bassett, John Spencer
1919 Dewey Dec. 973.91
A concise, readable account of the war period.
Contents: 1. Early Effects of the World War in the united States 2. The Belligerents and Neutral Trade 3. Germany and the United States 4. American Ideals as Affected by the War in Europe, 1914-1917 5. The United States Drawn into the Great War 6. Preparations for War 7. Organizing the National Resources 8. The War Policies of the Administration 9. The American Expeditionary Force 10. Learning the War Game in France 11. Fighting in the Marne Salient, May to July, 1918 12. The Last Two Months of Fighting 13. Naval Operations 14. Preliminaries to the Peace Negotiations 15. The Treaty of Versailles
Arcade 1996 Dewey Dec. 363.4
From the bestselling author of The Last Emperor comes this rip-roaring history of the government’s attempt to end America’s love affair with liquor—which failed miserably. On January 16, 1920, America went dry. For the next thirteen years, the Eighteenth Amendment prohibited the making, selling, or transportation of “intoxicating liquors,” heralding a new era of crime and corruption on all levels of society. Instead of eliminating alcohol, Prohibition spurred more drinking than ever before.
Formerly law-abiding citizens brewed moonshine, became rum- runners, and frequented speakeasies. Druggists, who could dispense “medicinal quantities” of alcohol, found their customer base exploding overnight. So many people from all walks of life defied the ban that Will Rogers famously quipped, “Prohibition is better than no liquor at all.” Here is the full, rollicking story of those tumultuous days, from the flappers of the Jazz Age and the “beautiful and the damned” who drank their lives away in smoky speakeasies to bootlegging gangsters—Pretty Boy Floyd, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone—and the notorious St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Edward Behr paints a portrait of an era that changed the country forever.
Bernstein, Carl and Woodward, Bob
Warner 1975 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“The two Washington Post reporters whose investigative journalism first revealed the Watergate scandal tell the way it happened from the first suspicions, through the trail of false leads, lies, secrecy, and high-level pressure, to the final moments when they were able to put the pieces of the puzzle together and write the series that won the Post a Pulitzer Prize.”
Blackmon, Douglas A.
Doubleday 2008 Dewey Dec. 973.91
A Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the “Age of Neoslavery,” the American period following the Emancipation Proclamation in which convicts, mostly black men, were “leased” through forced labor camps operated by state and federal governments. In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history—an “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II. Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Douglas A. Blackmon unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter. By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, this unprecedented account reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, the companies that profited most from neoslavery, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today.
Contents: Introduction : The bricks we stand on — Part 1. The slow poison — 1. The wedding : fruits of freedom — 2. An industrial slavery : “Niggers is cheap” — 3. Slavery’s increase : “Day after day we looked death in the face & was afraid to speak” — 4. Green Cottenham’s world : “The negro dies faster”.
Part 2. Harvest of an unfinished war — 5. The slave farm of John Pace : “I don’t owe you anything” — 6. Slavery is not a crime : “We shall have to kill a thousand … to get them back to their places” — 7. The indictments : “I was whipped nearly every day” — 8. A summer of trials, 1903 : “The master treated the slave unmercifully” — 9. A river of anger : the South is “an armed camp” — 10. The disapprobation of God : “It is a very rare thing that a negro escapes” — 11. New South rising : “This great corporation.”
Part 3. The final chapter of American slavery — 13. The arrest of Green Cottenham : a war of atrocities — 14. Anatomy of a slave mine : “Degraded to a plane lower than the brutes” — 15. Everywhere was death : “Negro quietly swung up by an armed mob … all is quiet” — 16. Atlanta, the South’s finest city : “I will murder you if you don’t do that work” — 17. Freedom : “In the United States one cannot sell himself” — Epilogue : The ephemera of catastrophe
The Progressive Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson
Blum, John Morton
Norton 1982 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Advocates of a strong versus a weak presidency have struggled throughout American history, but never so fiercely as in the twentieth century, which saw the rise of progressivism. This is the story of four progressive presidents, from the first Roosevelt, who himself brought plenty of backbone to the office, to Woodrow Wilson , who articulated the theory of a progressive presidency, to FDR, who brought it unique power, and, finally, to Lyndon Johnson, who provided perhaps its last great surge in our century.” -Publisher
Contents: Prologue: Ascutney – Theodore Roosevelt and the Definition of Office – Woodrow Wilson and the Ambiguities of Reform – Franklin Roosevelt and the Problem of Priorities – Lyndon Johnson and the Uncertain Legacy – Epilogue: Past Imperfect
Braeman, John, ed.
Ohio State University 1971 Dewey Dec. 973.91
A collection of essays on various aspects of American foreign policy, including two on historiography, by a dozen academic analysts.
Contents: The Changing Interpretive Structure of American Foreign Policy – Writings on American Foreign Relations: 1957 to the Present – Bureaucracy and Professionalism in the Development of American Career Diplomacy – The United States a World Power, 1900-1917: Myth or Reality? – The United States and the Failure of Collective Security in the 1930s – The United States and the Atlantic Alliance: The First Generation – Canada in North America – Recent United States-Mexican Relations: Problems Old and New – The United States and Cuba: The Uncomfortable “Abrazo,” 1898-1968 – The United States and Great Britain: Uneasy Allies – From Contempt to Containment: Cycles in American Attitudes toward China – Notes on the Contributors. Modern American history.
Chalmers, David Mark
Books for Libraries 1970 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“During the first decade of the twentieth century, a group of magazine journalists educated the American people about the widespread corruption that had attended the growth of industrialism. These “muckrakers” have been amply credited with laying the groundwork for many of the reforms that followed. This book … traces the entire muckrake writings of the major journalists of exposure. The result reaches beyond the familiar depiction of widespread corruption to show the common agreement among the muckrakers as to the cause of the trouble. In addition, this book presents the reform solutions—sometimes shallow, sometimes deep—which each of the muckrakers came to present in his writings, solutions which ranged from the release of business from restrictive halters to the espousal of legislative regulation and socialism.” – Author’s Preface
Contents: The age of the muckrake.–Salvation through big business: George Kibbe Turner.–The law: Christopher Powell Connolly.–Competition I: Alfred Henry Lewis and Will Irwin.–Competition II: Burton Jesse Hendrick and Ida M. Tarbell.–Regulation of Wall Street: Samuel Hopkins Adams and Thomas W. Lawson.–The search for reform: Ray Stannard Baker.–Travelers along the way: Lincoln Steffens and David Graham Phillips.–Socialism: Upton Sinclair and Charles Edward Russell.–The celestial crown
Crowell, Benedict and Wilson, Robert Forrest
New Haven: Yale University 1921 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Much of the text of this account of the production of American munitions during [World War I] was published by the War Department as the report of Benedict Crowell, the Assistant Secretary of War and Director of Munitions in the War Government.” – Author’s Preface. These two volumes are intended to describe the U.S. Government’s effort to organize production of all types of munitions needed to prosecute the war effort.
Contents: (First 10 of 34 chapter headings) War department organization – The ordinance problem – Gun production – Mobile field artillery – Railway artillery – Motorized artillery – Sights and fire-control apparatus – Explosives, propellants, and artillery ammunition – Tanks – Machine guns
Crowell, Benedict and Wilson, Robert Forrest
New Haven: Yale University 1921 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Author Benedict Crowell was U.S. Assistant Secretary of War and Director of Munitions 1917-20. Most of the material upon which the book is based was collected from various government bureaus.
Contents: Halt – The A.E.F. Embarks – The Transatlantic Ferry – Ebb Tide – The Process of Discharging Soldiers – Picking Up after the Army – Soldier Welfare – Car Contracts – The Settlement of the War Contracts – Ordnance Demobilization – Artillery – Ammunition and other Ordnance – Aircraft – Technical Supplies – Quartermaster Supplies = Buildings and Lands – Selling the Surplus – The Foreign Liquidation – The Balance Sheet.
Norton 2009 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Hailed as one of the best books of 2009 by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, this vibrant portrait of 1930s culture masterfully explores the anxiety and hope, the despair and surprising optimism of distressed Americans during the Great Depression. Morris Dickstein, whom Norman Mailer called “one of our best and most distinguished critics of American literature,” has brought together a staggering range of material – from epic Dust Bowl migrations to zany screwball comedies, elegant dance musicals, wildly popular swing bands, and streamlined Deco designs. Exploding the myth that Depression culture was merely escapist, Dickstein concentrates on the dynamic energy of the arts, and the resulting lift they gave to the nation’s morale. A fresh and exhilarating analysis of one of America’s most remarkable artistic periods.
Contents: Introduction: Depression culture — pt. 1. Discovering poverty — The tenement and the world : immigrant lives — The starvation army — The country and the city — Hard times for poets — Black girls and native sons — pt. 2. Success and failure — Beyond the American dream — What price Hollywood? — The last film of the 1930s; or, Nothing fails like success — pt. 3. The culture of elegance — Fantasy, elegance, mobility : the dream life of the 1930s — Class for the masses : elegance democratized — pt. 4. The search for community — The populist turn : Copland and the popular front — Who cares? : the world of Porgy and Bess — The People vs. Frank Capra : populism against itself — Shakespeare in overalls : an American troubadour — Gender trouble : exposing the intellectuals — Conclusion : The work of culture in Depression America.
Farber, David R; Bailey, Beth L.
Columbia Univ. 2001 Dewey Dec. 973.92
The 1960s continue to be the subject of passionate debate and political controversy, a touchstone in struggles over the meaning of the American past and the direction of the American future. Amid the polemics and the myths, making sense of the Sixties and its legacies presents a challenge. This book is for all those who want to take it on. Because there are so many facets to this unique and transformative era, this volume offers multiple approaches and perspectives.
The first section gives a lively narrative overview of the decade’s major policies, events, and cultural changes. The second presents ten original interpretative essays from prominent historians about significant and controversial issues from the Vietnam War to the sexual revolution, followed by a concise encyclopedia articles organized alphabetically. This section could stand as a reference work in itself and serves to supplement the narrative. Subsequent sections include short topical essays, special subjects, a brief chronology, and finally an extensive annotated bibliography with ample information on books, films, and electronic resources for further exploration.
With interesting facts, statistics, and comparisons presented in almanac style as well as the expertise of prominent scholars, The Columbia Guide to America in the 1960s is the most complete guide to an enduringly fascinating era.
Contents: pt. 1. The American sixties : a brief history. John Kennedy and the promise of leadership — The Civil Rights revolution — The Great Society — The Vietnam War — Polarization — Sixties culture — New directions — Conclusion — pt. 2. Debating the sixties. — The upheaval of Jim crow : African Americans and the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s / Beth Tompkins Bates — The new left : democratic reformers or left-wing revolutionaries? / Doug Rossinow — Losing ground? The great society in historical perspective / Edward Berkowitz — Urban uprisings : riots or rebellions? / Heather Ann Thompson — Explaining the tragedy of Vietnam / Richard H. Immerman — The women’s movement : liberation for whom? / Beth Bailey — The sexual revolution : was it revolutionary? / Beth Bailey — Debating the counterculture : ecstasy and anxiety over the hip alternative / Michael Wm. Doyle — Political conservatism in the sixties : silent majority or white backlash? / Jeff Roche — The sixties legacy : “the destructive generation” or “years of hope”? / David Farber — pt. 3. The sixties A to Z. — pt. 4. Short topical essays. Cities and suburbs — Environmentalism — Law and justice — Popular music — Religion — The end of enthusiasm : science and technology — Sports — Art : expanding conceptions, sites, and audiences — pt. 5. Special sections. Portrait of a nation — Travel and recreation — Economy and labor — National politics and elections — Entertainment, popular arts, and publications — Fashion — Sports and Olympics — pt. 6. Chronology. Brief chronology — “Introduced in” list — pt. 7. Annotated bibliography.
Basic 2000 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“In this first, thematic popular history of the decade, David Frum argues that it was the 1970s, not the 1960s, that created modern America and altered the American personality forever. A society that had valued faith, self-reliance, self-sacrifice, and family loyalty evolved in little more than a decade into one characterized by superstition, self-interest, narcissism, and guilt. Frum examines this metamorphosis through the rise to cultural dominance of faddish psychology, astrology, drugs, religious cults, and consumer debt, and profiles such prominent players of the decade as Werner Erhard, Alex Comfort, and Jerry Brown. How We Got Here is lively and provocative reading.” -Publisher
Gaddis, John Lewis
Oxford University 1982 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Gaddis’s book … makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of American policy towards the Soviet Union since World War II.” – Alexander L. George
Contents: Prologue: Containment before Kennan — George F. Kennan and the strategy of containment — Implementing containment — NSC-68 and the Korean War — Eisenhower, Dulles, and the new look — Implementing the new look — Kennedy, Johnson, and flexible response — Implementing flexible response: Vietnam as a test case — Nixon, Kissinger, and détente — Implementing détente — Epilogue: Containment after Kissinger — Appendix: National security expenditures as a percentage of total government expenditures and gross national product: 1945-1980.
Bantam 1987 Dewey Dec. 973.92
Say “the Sixties” and the images start coming, images of a time when all authority was defied and millions of young Americans thought they could change the world—either through music, drugs, and universal love or by “putting their bodies on the line” against injustice and war.
Todd Gitlin, the highly regarded writer, media critic, and professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, has written an authoritative and compelling account of this supercharged decade—a decade he helped shape as an early president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and an organizer of the first national demonstration against the Vietnam war. Part critical history, part personal memoir, part celebration, and part meditation, this critically acclaimed work resurrects a generation on all its glory and tragedy.
Contents: Part I: Affluence and undertow – Cornucopia and its discontents – Underground channels – Enclaves of elders. Part II: The Movement – Leftward kicking and screaming – The fused group – Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me ’round – “Name the System”. Part III: The Surge – “Everybody Get Together” – Public nuisances – Fighting back – The other side. Part IV: Forcing the Revolution – 1968 – The decapitation of the heroes – The crunch – The spring of hope, the winter of despair – Women: revolution in the revolution – The implosion – Fadeout – Carrying on. Modern American history.
Goodwin, Doris Kearns
Simon & Schuster 2013 Dewey Dec. 973.91
One of the Best Books of the Year as chosen by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Time, USA TODAY, Christian Science Monitor, and more. “A tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama and intrigue” (Associated Press).
Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air.
The story is told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft—a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912, when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that divides their wives, their children, and their closest friends, while crippling the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country’s history.
The Bully Pulpit is also the story of the muckraking press, which arouses the spirit of reform that helps Roosevelt push the government to shed its laissez-faire attitude toward robber barons, corrupt politicians, and corporate exploiters of our natural resources. The muckrakers are portrayed through the greatest group of journalists ever assembled at one magazine—Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens, and William Allen White—teamed under the mercurial genius of publisher S.S. McClure.
Contents: The hunter returns — Will and Teedie — The judge and the politician — Nellie Herron Taft — Edith Carow Roosevelt — The insider and the outsider — The invention of McClure’s — “Like a boy on roller skates” — Governor and Governor General — “That damned cowboy is President” — “The most famous woman in America” — “A mission to perform” — Toppling old bosses — “Thank Heaven you are to be with me!” — “A smile that won’t come off” — “Sitting on the lid” — The American people reach a verdict — “Cast into outer darkness” — “To cut Mr. Taft in two!” — Taft boom, Wall Street bust — Kingmaker and king — “A great stricken animal” — A self-inflicted wound — St. George and the dragon — “The parting of the ways” — “Like a war horse” — “My hat is in the ring” — “Bosom friends, bitter enemies” — Armageddon. Modern American history.
Gould, Lewis L.
Univ. of Kansas 2003 Dewey Dec. 973.92
Their idiosyncrasies and failures were as diverse as their accomplishments. William McKinley tracked press opinion before Richard Nixon was even born. Calvin Coolidge utilized radio and press conferences long before today’s spin doctors. And John F. Kennedy brought the culture of celebrity to the White House. The president of the United States may be the most powerful man in the world. But even though all of our modern presidents have acted in what they believed to be the country’s best interests, Lewis Gould suggests that most of them fell short of the challenges of an impossible job. To treat the modern presidency as a success story, he claims, is to falsify the historical record. The Modern American Presidency is a lively, interpretive synthesis of our twentieth-century leaders, filled with intriguing insights into how the presidency has evolved as America rose to prominence on the world stage.
As Gould observes, today’s presidency is so bogged down in media manipulation, fund-raising, and self indulgence that it is no more capable of grappling with difficulties than it was a century ago. The Modern American Presidency advocates the radical rethinking of what the nation needs from its chief executive and gives us the understanding we need to go about it.
Contents: Age of Cortelyou : William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt — Lawyer and the professor : William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson — Modern presidency recedes : Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover — Modern presidency revives and grows : Franklin D. Roosevelt — Presidency in the Cold War era : Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower — Souring of the modern presidency : John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson — Rise of the continuous campaign : Richard Nixon — Modern presidency under siege : Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter — Modern presidency in a Republican era : Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush — Perils of the modern presidency : Bill Clinton. Modern American history.
Graham, Otis L.
Oxford University 1967 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Analyzing the dynamics of reform in the early twentieth century, the author shows that the New Deal was not an inevitable by-product of the Progressive era.
Contents: From Progressivism to the New Deal: tradition and innovation in the liberal past – The culmination of Progressivism I: the fight against the New Deal – The culmination of Progressivism II: the Progressive as liberal – The culmination of Progressivism III: liberalism is not enough – Farewell to reform: the transfiguration of the Progressive impulse – Dispersion and disagreement: the Progressive heritage
Graham, Otis L.
Prentice-Hall 1971 Dewey Dec. 973.91
28 significant documents from the period. Modern American history.
Hackworth, David H. (Colonel) and Sherman, Julie
Simon & Schuster 1990
“From age fifteen to forty David Hackworth devoted himself to the U.S. Army and he fast became a living legend. In 1971, however, he appeared on television to decry the doomed war effort in Vietnam. Now, in About Face, he has written an autobiography which many Vietnam veterans have called the most important book of their generation. From Korea to Berlin, from the Cuban missile crisis to Vietnam , Hackworth’s story is that of an exemplary patriot , played out against the backdrop of the changing fortunes of America and the American military. It is also a stunning indictment—of the Pentagon’s fundamental misunderstanding of the Vietnam conflict, and of the bureaucracy and self-interest that fueled that lost war.” – Book cover
Contents: 6 February 1951 — Brown shoes — Hit and run — The wolfhounds — By the direction of the president — The only game in town — Hill 400 — They don’t have cobwebs in Korea — Don’t look back — Black shoes — This ain’t the Army, Mr. Jones — The vanguards — Screaming eagles — Tim’s traveling trouble — The year of the horse — Box seat — Corporate headquarters — Death row — Hardcore — Born to lose — A law unto himself — “Issues and answers” — A handful of ashes — Epilogue.
Penguin 1983 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“In this brilliant, imaginatively conceived, lucidly organized, and gracefully written work, the author describes, analytically rather than narratively, how the Kennedy-Johnson intellectual (McNamara, Bundy, Rusk, Ball, Taylor, et al.) men praised as ‘the best and the brightest’ men of this century, became the architects of the disastrous American policy of Indochina. Halberstam analyzes the men, their attitudes and their decisions; and thus the book becomes not a study about Vietnam or American foreign policy, but about power and success in America.” Libr J.
People profiled in this book: McGeorge Bundy – William Bundy – Maxwell Taylor – William Westmoreland – Walt Rostow – George Ball
Hyperion 2007 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“Halberstam gives us a full narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides, charting the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides vivid portraits of all the major figures–Eisenhower, Truman, Acheson, Kim, and Mao, and Generals MacArthur, Almond, and Ridgway. He also provides us with his trademark narrative journalism, chronicling the crucial battles with reportage of the highest order. At the heart of the book are the stories of the soldiers on the front lines who were left to deal with the consequences of the dangerous misjudgments and competing agendas of powerful men.” Publisher
Contents: A warning at Unsan — Bleak days: The In Min Gun drives south — Washington goes to war — The politics of two continents — The last roll of the dice: the North Koreans push to Pusan — MacArthur turns the tide: the Inchon landing — Crossing the parallel and heading north — The Chinese strike — Learning to fight the Chinese: twin tunnels, Wonju, and Chipyongni — The general and the president — The consequences.
Villard 1993 Dewey Dec. 973.92
The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. Halberstam offers portraits of not only the titans of the age: Eisenhower Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon, but also of Harley Earl, who put fins on cars; Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray Kroc, who mass-produced the American hamburger; Kemmons Wilson, who placed his Holiday Inns along the nation’s roadsides; U-2 pilot Gary Francis Powers; Grace Metalious, who wrote Peyton Place; and “Goody” Pincus, who led the team that invented the Pill.
“The author’s sources are secondary and derivative, but his instinct for the revealing anecdote, his ear for the memorable quote, and his awesome powers of organization add up to a variegated overview that moves seamlessly between the serious shenanigans of Chief Justice Earl Warren and the frivolous ones of … Grace Metalious.” Natl Rev.
Hahn, Peter L, and Heiss, Mary Ann, eds.
Ohio State Univ. 2001 Dewey Dec. 973.9
The ten essays in this volume represent state-of-the-art surveys of ten singular episodes in U.S. interaction with the Third World since 1945. Each author seeks to present a unique approach to a specific topic within U.S. — Third World relations. The essays cover the globe and include studies of the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. They make use of a variety of source material and employ a wide range of analytical devices, such as the national security paradigm, the idea of economic development, and culture.
The essays present a multihued portrait of the different ways policy makers in the United States dealt with Third World problems. The essays make clear the multitude of considerations that affected policy making; the many different actors, both official and nonofficial, who came to influence the policy-making process; and the possibilities for future research into U.S. relations with the nations of the Third World.
Contents: Introduction : The challenge of the Third World / Robert J. McMahon — His finest hour? Eisenhower, Lebanon, and the 1958 Middle East crisis / Douglas Little — The Caribbean triangle : Betancourt, Castro, and Trujillo and U.S. foreign policy, 1958-1963 / Stephen G. Rabe — “Flee! The white giants are coming!” : The United States, mercenaries, and the Congo, 1964-1965 / Piero Gleijeses — The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1968 : capitalism, communism, and containment / Robert Buzzanco — Decolonization, the Cold War, and the foreign policy of the Peace Corps / Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman — The influence of organized labor on U.S. policy toward Israel, 1945-1967 / Peter L. Hahn — Real men don’t wear pajamas : Anglo-American cultural perceptions of Mohammed Mossadeq and the Iranian oil nationalization dispute / Mary Ann Heiss — Gender relations, foreign relations : the United States and South Asia, 1947-1964 / Andrew J. Rotter — Like boxing with Joe Louis : Nelson Rockefeller in Venezuela, 1945-1948 / Darlene Rivas — “Fuel for the good dragon” : the United States and industrial policy in Taiwan, 1950-1965 / Nick Cullather. Modern American history.
Knopf 1955 Dewey Dec. 973.91
This analysis of the reform movements in American politics from 1890-1940 reviews: The agrarian uprising that found its expression in the Populist movement of the 1890’s; The Progressive movement from about 1900-1914; The New Deal of the 1930’s. Emphasis is placed upon the ideas of the leading political reformers.
“By concentrating upon what reformers thought rather than upon their political antics Hofstadter has made a unique and valuable contribution.” – Saturday Rev
Contents: The agrarian myth and commercial realities – The folklore of populism – From pathos to parity – The status revolution and progressive leaders – The progressive impulse – The struggle over organization – From progressivism to the New Deal
Huchthausen, Peter A.
Viking 2003 Dewey Dec. 973.92
From the evacuation of Saigon in 1975 to the end of the twentieth century, the United States committed its forces to more than a dozen military operations. Offering a fresh analysis of the Iranian hostage rescue attempt, the invasions of Granada and Panama, the first Gulf War, the missions in Somalia and Bosnia, and more, author and distinguished U.S. naval captain Peter Huchthausen presents a detailed history of each military engagement through eyewitness accounts, exhaustive research, and his unique insider perspective as an intelligence expert. This timely and riveting military history is “a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the nature of war today” (Stephen Trent Smith).
Contents: Recovering SS Mayaguez and the fight on Koh Tang — America and special warfare — The hostage rescue attempt — Intervention in Lebanon — Intervention in Grenada — Retaliatory attacks on Libya — Escort and retaliation in the Persian Gulf — Storming Panama — The Gulf War : desert shield — The Gulf War : Desert Storm — The rescue of the Kurds in Northern Iraq — President Bush responds to starvation — President Clinton crosses the Mogadishu Line — Intervention in Bosnia — Intervention in Kosovo.
Harves 2002 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“With sweeping force and cultural acumen, Johnson revives the ’90s, the ups and downs, filled with all that we may have forgotten and, most importantly, all that we never knew. In four fascinating parts, Johnson delivers the stories behind the stories-revealing the personalities behind the media party of the ’90s, the partisanship that didn’t succeed in bringing down the president, the pervasive technology that stretched from Silicon Valley to Monsanto with the corresponding hopes and fears, and the equally extreme reactions on Wall Street to every last bit of it.” – Publisher
Contents: Prelude: Fragments from a golden age — Book 1: Technotimes. Deep (RS/6000 SP) blue. Culture of success. Nerd Nirvana. Seeding the future — Book 2: Teletimes. Trial of the century-Part one. Cult of celebrity. Dream factories — Book 3: Scandal times. Bill’s story. Trial of the century-Part two — Book 4: Millennial times. The people. The markets. The millennials. The fiasco — Epilogue — Afterword
Karl, Barry Dean
University of Chicago 1983 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“For more than a century of their history, Americans considered themselves citizens of a nation made up of individual and historically distinct states. Not even the Civil War ended the profound sense of local control of customs, traditions, and civil authority. But the sudden upheavals of the twentieth century, marked by the two World Wars and the New Deal, transformed the United States into a national and industrial state. Barry Karl’s analysis of this transformation shows that Americans were, and still are, wary of the sort of national management of social and economic policy that is common to all other industrial nations. As an industrial country in an industrialized world, we are an uneasy state.” -Publisher
Contents: Militant Progressivism – Managing War – Middle America: Uncertainty at the Crossroads – Defining the Great Depression – Half Way to Waterloo – The Limits of Reform – Thermidor and the Third New Deal – Ending the Twenty-Year Armistice – Managing War Again – Epilogue
Kennan, George F.
University of Chicago 1951 Dewey Dec. 973.91
George Frost Kennan (1904-2005) was an American diplomat and historian, best known as an advocate for the policy of containment of the Soviet expansion during the Cold War. In 1950 he left the Department of State and became a realist critic of U.S. foreign policy. This book was his first major effort at writing diplomatic history, applying the perspective he had gained as a diplomat and foreign policy maker.
Contents: Part I: The war with Spain – Mr. Hippisley and the Open Door – America and the Orient – World War I – World War II – Diplomacy in the modern World
Part II: The sources of Soviet conduct – America and the Russian future
Kennedy, David M.
Oxford Univ. 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize. “Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. In a single volume the author tells how America endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities…. Roosevelt’s New Deal wrenched opportunity from the trauma of the 1930s and created a lasting legacy of economic and social reform, but it was afflicted with shortcomings and contradictions as well. The author details the New Deal’s problems and defeats, as well as its achievements… The same generation of Americans who battled the Depression eventually had to shoulder arms in another conflict that wreaked worldwide destruction, ushered in the nuclear age, and forever changed their way of life and their country’s relationship to the rest of the world. In the second installment of the chronicle, the author explains how the nation agonized over its role in the conflict, how it fought the war, and why the U.S. emerged victorious, and why the consequences of victory were sometimes sweet, sometimes ironic.” -Publisher
Contents: The American People on the Eve of the Great Depression — Panic — The Ordeal of Herbert Hoover — Interregnum — The Hundred Days — The Ordeal of the American People — Chasing the Phantom of Recovery — The Rumble of Discontent — A Season for Reform — Strike! — The Ordeal of Franklin Roosevelt — What the New Deal Did — The Gathering Storm — The Agony of Neutrality — To the Brink — War in the Pacific — Unready Ally, Uneasy Alliance — The War of Machines — The Struggle for a Second Front — The Battle for Northwest Europe — The Cauldron of the Home Front — Endgame — The World the War Made.
Skyhorse 2009 Dewey Dec. 973.92
1969 was the year that saw Apollo 11 land on the moon, the Cinderella stories of Joe Namath’s Jets and the “Miracle Mets,” the Harvard student strike and armed standoff at Cornell, the People’s Park riots, the first artificial heart transplant and first computer network connection, the Manson family murders and cryptic Zodiac Killer letters, the Woodstock music festival, Easy Rider, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, the Battle of Hamburger Hill, the birth of punk music, the invasion of Led Zeppelin, the occupation of Alcatraz, death at Altamont Speedway, and much more. It was a year that pushed boundaries on stage (Oh! Calcutta!), screen (Midnight Cowboy), and the printed page (Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex), witnessed the genesis of the gay rights movement at Stonewall, and started the era of the “no fault” divorce. Richard Nixon became president, the New Left squared off against the Silent Majority, William Ayers co-founded the Weatherman Organization, and the nationwide Moratorium provided a unifying force in the peace movement.
Compelling, timely, and quite simply a blast to read, 1969 chronicles the year through all its ups and downs, in culture and society, sports, music, film, politics, and technology. This is a book for those who survived 1969, or for those who simply want to feel as alive as those who lived through this time of amazing upheaval.
Contents: Revolution, apocalypse, and the birth of modern America — Winter’s children. Nixon’s coming ; Something in the air ; The new sounds ; Super jets ; The American family — Revolution in springtime. America undressed ; A whole new ball game ; Poison ivy ; 1, 2, 3, what are we fighting for? ; The green mind ; Stand! — The summer of impossible dreams. Walking in space ; The mists of Camelot ; Shaking the cage ; West Coast killers ; An amazin’ summer ; Heaven in a disaster area — Autumn apocalypse. “There are no words” ; Nixon’s war ; Days of rage ; Cowboys and Indians ; The hippie apocalypse — Future shock: the ’70s and beyond.
New Press 1994 Dewey Dec. 973.91
This volume is a history of the way in which war has transformed modern society and a political analysis of the ways in which wars have been waged. Professor Kolko takes a long view of the 20th century, focusing on World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, to show the degree to which leaders and generals have consistently misunderstood the battles on which they embarked. Kolko argues that time after time, generals have underestimated the implications of new military technology and have begun wars they were incapable of managing or ending. Since World War I, this technology has led to conflicts being more protracted and more destructive to civilian life and property than even the most pessimistic had predicted. As the generals have been slow to realize, war has become less a matter of strategy than a contest between differing social and economic systems. “Century of War” provides a synthesis of the effects of war on civilian populations and the political results of these traumatizing experiences. Kolko also provides a revisionist view of the post-World War II conflicts, from the Phillipine uprising to the Greek Civil wars.
Contents: pt. 1. Making and managing wars: the view from the top. Preparing the world for war. False expectations: how things go wrong. Officers: the elcipse of warrior castes. War organization: the dilemna of managing modern war — pt. 2. Transforming people, societies, and politics. World War One: the impact on European society. World War One: Transforming Europe’s people. Soldiers and the crisis of World War One. World War One and the emergence of the Left. World War Two and European life and society. European responses to World War Two. European Communism and the political consequences of World War Two. China: war, society, and revolution. War, revolution, and reaction in Southeast Asia — pt. 3. The United States, politics, and warfare in a complex world, 1946-1991: the limits of power. Repression, rebellion, and the limits of military power, 1945-1953. Warfare at an impasse: the United States confronts the world, 1954-1991
NY: Putnam’s Sons 1937 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“In this book I have endeavored to present the true facts, as far as they are known, concerning German sabotage in the United States during the period between the outbreak of the World War and the entrance of the United States into the war. I have concentrated principally on the Black Tom and Kingsland cases, as they were the most devastating acts committed and the only ones, with the exception of an -explosion in Tacoma Harbor, in which any attempt has been made to prove German complicity and to collect damages.” – Author’s Introduction
Contents: (First 10 of 28 chapter headings) The American front – The passport frauds – The coming of the saboteurs – “Buy up or Blow up” – The recall of Von Papen and Boy-Ed – Paul Koenig makes an error – Section IIIB carries on – Black Tom blows up – The free-lance agents – The Kingsland fire
Lerner, Michael A.
Harvard Univ. 2007 Dewey Dec. 363.4
In 1919, the United States embarked on the country’s boldest attempt at moral and social reform: Prohibition. The 18th Amendment to the Constitution prohibited the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol around the country. This “noble experiment,” as President Hoover called it, was intended to usher in a healthier, more moral, and more efficient society. Nowhere was such reform needed more, proponents argued, than in New York City–and nowhere did Prohibition fail more spectacularly. “Dry Manhattan” is the first major work on Prohibition in nearly a quarter century, and the only full history of Prohibition in the era’s most vibrant city.
Though New Yorkers were cautiously optimistic at first, Prohibition quickly degenerated into a deeply felt clash of cultures that utterly transformed life in the city. Impossible to enforce, the ban created vibrant new markets for illegal alcohol, spawned corruption and crime, fostered an exhilarating culture of speakeasies and nightclubs, and exposed the nation’s deep prejudices. Writ large, the conflict over Prohibition, Michael Lerner demonstrates, was about much more than the freedom to drink. It was a battle between competing visions of the United States, pitting wets against drys, immigrants against old stock Americans, Catholics and Jews against Protestants, and proponents of personal liberty against advocates of societal reform.
In his evocative history, Lerner reveals Prohibition to be the defining issue of the era, the first major “culture war” of the twentieth century, and a harbinger of the social and moral debates that divide America even today. Modern American history.
Leuchtenburg, William Edward
Cornell University 2001 Dewey Dec. 973.91
A ghost has inhabited the Oval Office since 1945 — the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR’s formidable presence has cast a large shadow on the occupants of that office in the years since his death, and an appreciation of his continuing influence remains essential to understanding the contemporary presidency.
This new edition of In the Shadow of FDR has been updated to examine Bill Clinton’s presidency, including possible parallels between Hillary Clinton and Eleanor Roosevelt. Concluding with an analysis of the 2000 presidential campaign, William E. Leuchtenburg assesses the influence FDR’s legacy is likely to continue to have in the new century.
Contents: Harry Truman – First Republican Interlude: Dwight D. Eisenhower – John F. Kennedy – Lyndon B. Johnson – Second Republican Interlude: Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford – Jimmy Carter – Ronald Reagan – Waiting for Franklin D.
American Epoch: A History of the United States since 1900, Vol 1 – War, Reform, and Society 1900-1945
Link, William A.
McGraw-Hill 1993, 1987 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Vol 1 here is the 7th edition, while Vol 2 is the 6th edition.
Little, Brown 1974 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“‘The Glory and the Dream encompasses politics, military history, economics, the lively arts, science, fashion, fads, social change, sexual mores, communications, graffiti – everything and anything indigenous that can be captured in print… Masterfully compressing four crowded decades of our history, Manchester relives the epic or significant or just memorable events that befell the generation of Americans whose lives pivoted between the America before and the America after the Second World War. ‘The Glory and the Dream’ tells the story of that generation.” -Publisher
Contents: Part I: Rendezvous with Destiny 1932-1941. Part II: Sacrifice and Transformation 1941-1950. Part III: Sowing the Wind 1951-1960. Part IV: Reaping the Whirlwind 1961-1968. Part V: Nixon, After All 1969-1972
Marty, Myron A.
Greenwood 1997 Dewey Dec. 973.92
The volatility of the civil rights movement; the impact of the baby boom generation; the influences of television, advertising, and other media; the emergence of environmental and consumer-protection movements; and the effects the Vietnam War and Watergate had on the American public are just a few of the issues examined and outlined. From the space age to the computer age, the user can explore how change-induced discord and adjustment to postmodern times led to cultural standoffs, affecting everyday lives.
For the first time the social history of the United States is examined in four chronological periods: 1960-1966, when modern ideals flourished and then began to fade; 1967-1974, when cultural changes began to remake America; 1975-1980, when the cultural changes led to standoffs between opposing sides; and the 1980s, when postmodern conditions broadened their influence and discord became more pronounced. Marty explores the details of everyday living that these time periods reflected: * the American dream home in suburbia* the influences of new technologies such as computers, portable stereos, and microwave ovens * the initial excitement of space exploration * the growing realities of dual-income and single-parent families and a vast number of other topics that help the user trace the evolution of this mutable and exciting time period.
Contents: pt. I. Modern Times Flourish and Fade: 1960-1966. 1. Family Life. 2. Changing Population Patterns. 3. Private and Public Lives. 4. Consumers in the Material World. 5. The Other America. 6. Mind and Spirit. 7. Technology in Daily Life. 8. Cultural Transformations — pt. II. Troubled Times: 1967-1974. 9. Changing Families. 10. Civil Rights and Group Identities. 11. Securities Shaken. 12. Cultural Reflections/Cultural Influences. 13. Material Aspects of Life. 14. Environmental and Consumer Protection. 15. Technology’s Small Steps and Giant Leaps. 16. Hard Knocks for Schools. 17. Spiritual Matters. 18. Not Ready for New Times — pt. III. Times of Adjustment: 1975-1980. 19. Family Changes Continue. 20. The Peoples of America. 21. Security Concerns. 22. Television, Movies, and More. 23. Cares of Daily Life. 24. Arenas of Discord. 25. Pulling Together — pt. IV. Crossing the Postmodern Divide: 1981-1990. 26. Family Variations. 27. People at the Margins. 28. Security Concerns Continue. 29. Diversions. 30. Concerns of Daily Life. 31. Technology. 32. More Discord. 33. Prospects. Modern American history.
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2001 Dewey Dec. 973.9
A riveting, original book about the creation of the modern American mind. The Metaphysical Club was an informal group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872, to talk about ideas. Its members included Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., founder of modern jurisprudence; William James, the father of modern American psychology; and Charles Sanders Peirce, logician, scientist, and the founder of semiotics. The Club was probably in existence for about nine months. No records were kept. The one thing we know that came out of it was an idea – an idea about ideas. This book is the story of that idea. Holmes, James, and Peirce all believed that ideas are not things “out there” waiting to be discovered but are tools people invent – like knives and forks and microchips – to make their way in the world. They thought that ideas are produced not by individuals, but by groups of individuals – that ideas are social. They do not develop according to some inner logic of their own but are entirely dependent – like germs – on their human carriers and environment. And they thought that the survival of any idea depends not on its immutability but on its adaptability. ‘The Metaphysical Club’ is written in the spirit of this idea about ideas. It is not a history of philosophy but an absorbing narrative about personalities and social history, a story about America. It begins with the American Civil War and ends with World War I. This is a book about the evolution of the American mind during the crucial period that formed the world we now inhabit.
‘The Metaphysical Club’ is written in the spirit of this idea about ideas. It is not a history of philosophy but an absorbing narrative about personalities and social history, a story about America. It begins with the Civil War and s in 1919 with Justice Holmes’s dissenting opinion in the case of U.S. v. Abrams-the basis for the constitutional law of free speech. The first four sections of the book focus on Holmes, James, Peirce, and their intellectual heir, John Dewey. The last section discusses some of the fundamental twentieth-century ideas they are associated with. This is a book about a way of thinking that changed American life.” -Publisher
Scribner 2003 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Chronicling what he views as the most consequential decade of the past century, Nathan Miller — an award-winning journalist and five-time Pulitzer nominee — paints a vivid portrait of the 1920s, focusing on the men and women who shaped that extraordinary time, including, ironically, three of America’s most conservative presidents: Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover… As unprecedented economic prosperity and sweeping social change dazzled the public, the sensibilities and restrictions of the nineteenth century vanished, and many of the institutions, ideas, and preoccupations of our own age emerged. With scandal, sex, and crime the lifeblood of the tabloids, the contemporary culture of celebrity and sensationalism took root and journalism became popular entertainment. By discarding Victorian idealism and embracing twentieth-century skepticism, America became, for the first time, thoroughly modernized. There is hardly a dimension of our present world, from government to popular culture, that doesn’t trace its roots to the 1920s, and few decades are more intriguing or significant today.” -Publisher
Contents: “The personal instrument of God” — “To the red dawn” — “We’re all real proud of wurr’n” — “Gee, how the money rolls in!” — “My God, this is a hell of a job!” — “I thought I could swing it” — “My country ’tis of me” — “Coolidge or chaos” — “We loved every rattle” — ” A lost generation” — “Whooping it up for Genesis” — “Runnin’ wild” — “Boy, can you get stucco!” — Seven against the wall — “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” — “The final triumph over poverty” — “Wall Street lays an egg.”
Morrison, Joan and Morrison, Robert K., eds.
Oxford University 1987 Dewey Dec. 973.92
From Camelot to Kent State tells the story of ten of the most dramatic years in the life of America-and of fifty-nine men and women who lived through those years. In their own words, civil rights activists, soldiers who fought in Vietnam, anti-war protesters, student radicals, feminists, Peace Corps workers, and many others take us inside the major events and movements of the period. Far from a dispassionate history of the Sixties, these stories bristle with the tension and immediacy of lived experience.
Contents: Hopeful beginnings – Saving the world – Hand in hand together – The distant drummer – The war at home – The generation gap – Four women – The counterculture – On the campuses – The yuppie and the yippie – Desperate measures: SDS, Weathermen, Black Panthers – Coda: Kent State – Chronology of the Sixties
The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki: Campaigning in North Russia 1918-1919
Moore, Joel R. (Captain) and others, ed.
Detroit: Polar Bear 1920 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“The American military intervention at Archangel, Russia, at the end of World War I, nicknamed the “Polar Bear Expedition,” is a strange episode in American history. Ostensibly sent to Russia to prevent a German advance and to help reopen the Eastern Front, American soldiers found themselves fighting Bolshevik revolutionaries for months after the Armistice ended fighting in France. During the summer of 1918, the U. S. Army’s 85th Division, made up primarily of men from Michigan and Wisconsin, completed its training at Fort Custer, outside of Battle Creek, Michigan, and proceeded to England. While the rest of the division was preparing to enter the fighting in France, some 5,000 troops of the 339th Infantry and support units (one battalion of the 310th Engineers, the 337th Field Hospital, and the 337th Ambulance Company) were issued Russian weapons and equipment and sailed for Archangel, a Russian port on the White Sea, 600 miles north of Moscow.” – Website of Bentley Historical Library
Three officers of the 339th Infantry wrote this history of the expedition in 1920, apparently with the cooperation of the Army. Numerous photos are included.
Mowry, George E.
Hill and Wang 1981 Dewey Dec. 973.91
The main theme of The Urban Nation is the transformation of American life during the past sixty-years through the rapid growth of cities and the accompanying emergence of a mass-production, mass-consumption economy. – Foreword
Contents: Foreword / David Herbert Donald — 1. Rise of the urban mass mind — 2. The politics of nostalgia — 3. The end of normalcy — 4. The New Deal and the politics of urbanism — 5. The totalitarian challenge: foreign policy, 1933-41 — 6. The divided world: foreign policy, 1941-60 — 7. Prosperity and pessimism — 8. The politics of statics, 1941-60 — 9. The politics of turmoil at home, 1960-69 — 10. The politics of turmoil abroad, 1960-69 — 11. The radical and libertarian sixties — 12. The troubled seventies. Modern American history.
Murray, Robert K.
University of Minnesota 1955 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Few periods in American history have been so dramatic, so fraught with mystery, or so bristling with fear and hysteria as were the days of the great Red Scare that followed World War I. For sheer excitement, it would be difficult to find a more absorbing tale than the one told here. The famous Palmer raids of that era are still remembered as one of the most fantastic miscarriages of justice ever perpetrated upon the nation. The violent labor strife still makes those who lived through it shudder as they recall the Seattle general strike and Boston police strike, the great coal and steel strikes, and the bomb plots, shootings, and riots that accompanied these conflicts.” – Publisher
Westport, CT: Greenwood 1943 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Reprint of a 1943 edition of a National Archives publication. “This handbook is issued in response to a current demand for information concerning the functions and records of agencies of the United States Government that contributed to the participation of the United States in the first World War. In time of war the Government assumes control over activities and aspects of life with which it has little to do in time of peace.” Foreword of the Handbook
This handbook was created in the midst of World War II to assist government planners who wished to draw upon the experience of planners in the previous war.
Nash, George H.
Intercollegiate Studies Institute 1998 Dewey Dec. 973.91
In this revised and updated edition of what Insight magazine has called “the standard work” on the history of post — World War II American conservatism, Nash shows how a diverse group of men became an effective intellectual force in American life.
Contents: The revolt of the libertarians — The revolt against the masses — The recovery of tradition and values — Nightmare in red — Consolidation — Fission and fusion : the quest for philosophical order — What is conservatism in America? : the search for a viable heritage — What is conservatism in America? : the Straussians, Willmoore Kendall, and the “Virtuous People” — Years of preparation – Things fall apart — Can the vital center hold? — Conservatism ascendant : the age of Reagan and beyond — Conclusion — Interviews and correspondence.
Dumond 1891 Dewey Dec. 363.4
New Republic, ed.
NY: Republic 1916 Dewey Dec. 973.91
This book “aims to give in compact and available form a sample of liberal opinion in the United States, as expressed from 1914 to 1916 at the suggestion of events. The editors hope that these articles, published at various times and now brought together, will show in this volume, more plainly than journalism with its emphasis on the moment cans how, the main purposes and attitudes underlying their weekly comment on affairs.” – Preface
Contents: (The first 15 of 65 articles) Lincoln – Uneasy America – When the Augurs yawned – The need of a positive policy – Our relations with Great Britain – Dealing with Germany – Submarines as commerce destroyers – The ultimate controversy – Mr. Wilson’s great utterance – Sovereign Mexico – Capitalism of the camp – Force, violence and law – Retribution – The great fighting phrase – The war after the war
Ogg, Frederic Austin
1918 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Comprehensive, impartial summary, not too condensed for interest, of the leading events in the national, economic and political history of the United States during [this period]. Six maps, critical essay on authorities and index.” N.Y. State Library
“The election of 1908, the corporations and the trusts, tariff controversies, injunctions, party unrest, and Taft reaction are the subjects which occupy the earlier chapters. The canal, Latin America, the election of 1912, and our growing colonial empire come next. . . Woodrow Wilson, the Democratic reforms, and the Great war close the story.” Dial
Contents: 1. The Election of 1908 (1907-1908) 2. Currency and Tariff (1907-1909) 3. Railroad Regulation (1901-1913) 4. Corporations and Trusts (1901-1912) 5. Industry and Labor (1905-1914) 6. Conservation and Reclamation (1905-1916) 7. Population and Immigration (1906-1917) 8. Administrative Expansion and Reorganization (1900-1916) 9. Democracy and Responsibility in Government (1900-1916) 10. Political Unrest and Party Disintegration (1909-1912) 11. The Election of 1912 (1911-1912) 12. The Democrats in Power (1913-1914) 13. Financial, Industrial, and Colonial Policy (1913-1917) 14. The Guardianship of the Caribbean (1907-1917) 15. Latin American Issues and Policies (1907-1917) 16. The Mexican Imbroglio (1910-1917) 17. The Pacific and Asia (1907-1917) 18. Neutral Rights (1914-1916) 19. Economic Problems and Policies in War Time (1914-1917) 20. The Election of 1916 (1913-1916) 21. Preparedness and the Approach of War (1914-1917) 22. Critical Essay on Authorities
Olson, Keith W.
Univ. of Kansas 2003 Dewey Dec. 973.92
Arguably the greatest political scandal of twentieth-century America, the Watergate affair rocked an already divided nation to its very core, severely challenged our cherished notions about democracy, and further eroded public trust in its political leaders.
A disturbing tale made famous by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in All the President’s Men, the Watergate scandal has been extensively dissected and vigorously debated. Keith Olson, however, offers for the first time a “layman’s guide to Watergate,” a concise and readable one-volume history that highlights the key actors, events, and implications in this dark drama. John Dean, John Ehrlichman, H. R. Haldeman, G. Gordon Liddy, John Mitchell, Judge John Sirica, Senator Sam Ervin, Archibald Cox, and the ghostly “Deep Throat” reappear here—in a volume designed especially for a new generation of readers who know of Watergate only by name and for teachers looking for a straightforward summary for the classroom.
Contents: Patterns from the beginning — Context of the break-in: motives and primaries — The cover-up — Disclosures — The Senate Committee, testimonies, and Butterfield disclosure — The struggle for the tapes: from disclosure to the Saturday Night Massacre — From the Saturday Night Massacre to the tape transcripts: November 1973 to May 1974 — The consensus and the resignation — Ends and means: Watergate and the Cold War.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran 1937 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Frederick Palmer (1873-1958) was an American journalist and writer who spent much of his long career as a war correspondent, beginning in 1897 with the Greco-Turkish War. Between WWI and WW2 he wrote 31 books, including this one in 1937. A number of Palmer’s books can be found here at the Internet Archive and here at the Online Books Page.
“A war correspondent, who stole a march on many others, a good many years ago, reviews the war from today’s perspective, hoping to add his weight to the side of prevention. Outlining the sentimental shibboleths which concealed the real motives that dragged us into the war, he then goes on to a detailed picture of the years 1917-1918 — followed by a denunciation of the leaders, military and political — Wilson, Lodge, Dalfour, etc. Then a plea for complete isolation policy.” -Kirkus Review 1937
Contents: (First 10 chapter headings of 34) The immortal unknown – Sentiment – Friend customer – “It Was Murder!” – The mortal spell – could we have kept out? – A vain illusion – Destiny’s fatal month – The decisive month – Signing checks
Paterson, Thomas G.
Norton 1992 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Contemporary participants and historians alike agree that the emergence of the Cold War after World War Il was of immense importance for the modern age, but they differ sharply on the causes of the feverish competition between the great powers so central to recent world affairs. Thomas G. Paterson attempts to bridge this gap by going beyond the confines of revisionist history. Through a synthesis of the existing literature and different schools of thought and by extensive research in rich American and British archival sources which have only recently been made available to scholars, the author examines the well-springs of both American and Soviet diplomacy within the broad context of the international system from 1944 to 1950.” -Book cover
Contents: Rubble: the world in 1945 — Conflict: the postwar international system — Spheres: the quest for influence, 1944-45 — Abundance: the “fundamentals” of the United States — Toughness: the tactics of Truman’s diplomacy — Consent: American public opinion and congress — Suspiciousness: Soviet foreign policy and its makers — Bipolarity: the world on 1950 — Appendix: the events of 1944-50.
Patterson, James T.
Oxford Univ. 1996 Dewey Dec. 973
In Grand Expectations, James T. Patterson has written a highly readable and balanced work that weaves the major political, cultural, and economic events of the period into a superb portrait of America from 1945 through Watergate. Here is an era teeming with memorable events–from the bloody campaigns in Korea and the bitterness surrounding McCarthyism to the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, to the Vietnam War, Watergate, and Nixon’s resignation. Patterson excels at portraying the amazing growth after World War II–the great building boom epitomized by Levittown (the largest such development in history) and the baby boom (which exploded literally nine months after V-J Day)–as well as the resultant buoyancy of spirit reflected in everything from streamlined toasters, to big, flashy cars, to the soaring, butterfly roof of TWA’s airline terminal in New York. And he shows how this upbeat, can-do mood spurred grander and grander expectations as the era progressed.Of course, not all Americans shared in this economic growth, and an important thread running through the book is an informed and gripping depiction of the civil rights movement–from the electrifying Brown v. Board of Education decision, to the violent confrontations in Little Rock, Birmingham, and Selma, to the landmark civil rights acts of 1964 and 1965. Patterson also shows how the Vietnam War–which provoked LBJ’s growing credibility gap, vast defense spending that dangerously unsettled the economy, and increasingly angry protests–and a growing rights revolution (including demands by women, Hispanics, the poor, Native Americans, and gays) triggered a backlash that widened hidden rifts in our society, rifts that divided along racial, class, and generational lines. And by Nixon’s resignation, we find a national mood in stark contrast to the grand expectations of ten years earlier, one in which faith in our leaders and in the attainability of the American dream was becoming shaken.
Contents: Veterans, ethnics, blacks, women — Unions, liberals, and the state: stalemate — Booms — Grand expectations about the world — Hardening of the Cold War, 1945-1948 — Domestic politics: Truman’s first term — Red scares abroad and at home — Korea — Ike — World affairs, 1953-1956 — The biggest boom yet — Mass consumer culture — Race — A center holds, more or less, 1957-1960 — The polarized sixties: an overview — The new frontier at home — JFK and the world — Lyndon Johnson and American liberalism — A great society and the rise of rights-consciousness — Escalation in Vietnam — Rights, polarization, and backlash, 1966-1967 — The most turbulent year: 1968 — Rancor and Richard Nixon — Nixon, Vietnam, and the world, 1969-1974 — End of an era? Expectations amid Watergate and recession. Modern American history.
Pendergast, Tom and Pendergast, Sara, eds.
St. James 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.9
“An overview of popular culture in 20th century America with a particular emphasis on the second half of the century. In more than 2,700 entries, the nearly 450 contributors attempt to cover the major personalities, productions, products, events and developments from film, music, print culture, social life, sports, television and radio, art and performances (which include theater, dance, stand-up comedy, and other live performances).” – Am Ref Books Annual. Modern American history.
Schlesinger, Arthur Meier
Houghton Mifflin 2000 Dewey Dec. 973.91
From America’s most celebrated living historian comes this “sprightly, straightforward account of the first third of an active and charmed life” (New York Times). Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. turns a studied eye on a personal past and reconstructs the history that has made him such an iconic figure for generations of readers. A LIFE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY offers rare and revealing access to both the private world of a great American writer and the fine-grained texture of the American century.
Ranging from a fondly remembered childhood in the Midwest to a fascinating, storied academic and political life, this volume is an important addition to Schlesinger’s body of work, “every bit as well written as anything Schlesinger has done” (Providence Sunday Journal) and “sure to be used by students of the times for years to come” (Boston Globe). “With style and humor and a master historian’s deft blending of personal detail with epic events” (Wall Street Journal), Schlesinger evokes the struggles, the questions, the paradoxes, and the triumphs that shaped our era as only he can do.
Contents: (First 10 of 25 chapter headings) Part I The Twenties – East from Iowa – Midwesterners in Cambridge – Life of a Reader – Part II The Thirties – Prep School – Round the World – Harvard College: What I Did – Harvard College: What I Enjoyed – Harvard College: What I Learned – The Twilight Year
Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr.
History Book Club 2002 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Originally published in 1957. “Volume one of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.’s ‘Age of Roosevelt’ series, is the first of three books that interpret the political, economic, social, and intellectual history of the early twentieth century in terms of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the spokesman and symbol of the period. Portraying the United States from the Great War to the Great Depression, ‘The Crisis of the Old Order’ covers the Jazz Age and the rise and fall of the cult of business. For a season, prosperity seemed permanent, but the illusion came to an end when Wall Street crashed in October 1929. Public trust in the wisdom of business leadership crashed too. With a dramatist’s eye for vivid detail and a scholar’s respect for accuracy, Schlesinger brings to life the era that gave rise to FDR and his New Deal and changed the public face of the United States forever.” -Publisher
Contents: The golden day — Darkness at noon — The new nationalism — The new freedom — Nationalizing the new freedom — Euphoria and collapse — The politics of prosperity — Main Street in the White House — The ethos of normalcy — The economics of Republicanism — The age of business — Prophet in the new era — Outside looking in — The politics of frustration — Protest on the countryside — The stirrings of labor — The struggle for public power — The campaign of 1928 — The philosophy of Liberalism — The revolt of the intellectuals — The Valley of Darkness — Crash — The new era at bay — The contagion of fear — Business at the Great Divide — The agenda of reform — Farewell to reform — Climax in Washington — The crisis of 1932 — The politics of depression — The Democrats prepare — Decision in Chicago — The happy warrior — Childhood on the Hudson — Testing in Washington — Trial by fire — Responsibility in Albany — The darkling plain — Campaign for America — A nation waits — Confusion in the void.
Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr.
Houghton Mifflin 1959 Dewey Dec. 973.91
The second of three volumes which interpret the political, economic, social and intellectual life of the United States during the time when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office.
“This second volume of “The Age of Roosevelt” continues the work begun with “The Crisis of the Old Order, 1919-1933″. The dramatic story of how representative democracy began the battle to conquer economic collapse is followed through the first two years of the New Deal.” -Libr J
“Controversies are explained from two sides and concluded with value judgments that are generally astute and often brilliant.” – New Republic
Contents: (First 10 of 35 chapter headings) Prologue: The Hundred Days – The Fight for Agricultural Balance – Emergence of a Farm Policy – Organization of Agricultural Adjustment – The Politics of Agriculture – The Ordeal of a Prophet – Experiment in Industrial Planning – The Birth of NRA – The Blue Eagle – The Conundrum of Price – The Conundrum of Labor – The Decline of NRA
Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr.
Houghton Mifflin 1960 Dewey Dec. 973.91
The last of three volumes which interpret the political, economic, social and intellectual life of the United States during the time when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office.
“This volume “concentrates on the turbulent years of 1935-1936 – years when the revived American energies seem to be shooting off in every direction.” Publisher
Contents: (First 12 of 35 chapter headings) I The theology of ferment – Rise of the demagogues – Old folks’ crusade – Messiah of the rednecks – Dream of Fascism – Revolt in the Old Northwest – Utopia in the far west – Melting pot boils over – Insurgency on capitol hill – Radicalism: American plan – Radicalism: European plan – Growth of a conspiracy
Schulman, Bruce J.
Free Press 2001 Dewey Dec. 973.92
In the first full history of the period, Bruce Schulman, a rising young cultural and political historian, sweeps away misconception after misconception about the 1970s. In a fast-paced, wide-ranging, and brilliant reexamination of the decade’s politics, culture, and social and religious upheaval, he argues that the Seventies were one of the most important of the postwar twentieth-century decades. The Seventies witnessed a profound shift in the balance of power in American politics, economics, and culture, all driven by the vast growth of the Sunbelt. Country music, a southern silent majority, a boom in “enthusiastic” religion, and southern California New Age movements were just a few of the products of the new demographics. Others were even more profound: among them, public life as we knew it died a swift death.
The Seventies offers a masterly reconstruction of high and low culture, of public events and private lives, of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Evel Knievel, est, Nixon, Carter, and Reagan. From The Godfather and Network to the Ramones and Jimmy Buffett; from Billie jean King and Bobby Riggs to Phyllis Schlafly and NOW; from Proposition 13 to the Energy Crisis; here are all the names, faces, and movements that once filled our airwaves, and now live again. The Seventies is powerfully argued, compulsively readable, and deeply provocative.
Contents: Introduction: The sixties and the postwar legacy — Part I: “We’re finally on our own,” 1969-1976. “Down to the nut-cutting” : the Nixon Presidency and American public life ; E pluribus plures : from racial integration to “diversity” ; “Plugging in” : seeking and finding in the seventies ; The rise of the Sunbelt and the “reddening” of America — Part II: “Runnin’ on empty,” 1976-1979. Jimmy Carter and the crisis of confidence ; “This ain’t no foolin’ around” : rebellion and authority in seventies popular culture ; Battles of the sexes : women, men, and the family — Part III: “Hip to be square,” 1978-1984. “The Minutemen are turning in their graves” : the New Right and the tax revolt ; The Reagan culmination. Modern American history.
Schwartz, Richard Alan
Facts on File 1998 Dewey Dec. 973.9
“For at least 45 years, the Cold War was the most important fact of American public life. It conditioned what thought, said, wrote, watched, read and heard; it shaped politics, journalism, education, art, literature, all forms of popular entertainment and even children’s toys. ‘Cold War Culture’, a concise A-to-Z guide to the expression of American Cold War sensibilities and the first popular reference work on the subject, records this inescapable influence. Hundreds of entries trace the Cold War’s presence in forms and genres from journalism, cartoons and toys to detective novels, spy movies and TV westerns. The author provides overviews of important themes and covers significant careers and individual works of writers, directors, columnists, actors, musicians, political personalities and others.” -Back cover
Toronto: Glasgow, Brook 1921 Dewey Dec. 973.91
A volume in the ‘Yale Chronicles of America’ series.
Contents: Wilson the executive – Neutrality – The submarine – Plots and preparedness – America decides – The nation in arms – The home front – The fighting front – The path to peace – Ways of the peace conference – Balance of power or League of Nations? – The settlement – The Senate and the treaty – Conclusion
Siegel, Frederick F.
Hill and Wang 1984 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“A lively, fresh interpretation of the cultural civil war over the role of government in American life that has been going on since the New Deal. Siegel’s approach is thoughtful and his conclusions disturbing.” – Frank Freidel, Univ. of Washington
Contents: The crucible of World War II – 1946: the crucial year – Isolationist revenge – Truman, Eisenhower, and the politics of prosperity – From utopia to dystopia – The Sputnik years – The new frontier in power – From the Great Society to Black Power – Vietnam at home and abroad – Kulturkampf – Nixon and Kissinger: deception, dollars, and détente – Coup and counter-coup – Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and the legacy of George Wallace – Epilogue: The end of American exceptionalism
Singleton, Carl and Wildin, Rowena, eds.
Salem 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“The Sixties in America surveys the events and people of the 1960’s. The set not only provides in-depth coverage of all aspects of the three major events of the 1960’s that give the decade its distinctive character-but also surveys important developments in the arts, science and technology, business and the economy, government and politics and gender issues. The set looks at the most important people and events in the arts, media, music and sports and covers the headline-grabbing news items of the period.” -Publisher. Modern American history.
Scribner 1926-1936 Dewey Dec. 973.91
In 1923 Mark Sullivan signed a contract with Scribners to write a history of the first 25 years of the 20th century. The resulting six volumes were published from 1926 to 1935, and were immensely successful. This was a new kind of history, closely related to his work writing a column on national politics and many magazine articles on a variety of topics. This popular history, conversational in style and employing news articles, illustrations, and collaboration with thousands of observers from a wide spectrum of American society, was a history the general reading public could identify with. Instead of following the rarified world of political elites, this history concerned itself with the world experienced by common people.
Pantheon 1984 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, “The Good War” is a testament not only to the vicissitudes of war but also to the extraordinary skill of Studs Terkel as an interviewer. From a pipefitter’s apprentice at Pearl Harbor to a crew member of the flight that dropped the atomic bomb over Nagasaki, Terkel’s subjects are open and unrelenting in recounting their experiences during World War ll. The result is a masterpiece of oral history.” -Publisher
Pantheon 1970 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Persons of all ages, occupations, and classes scattered across the U.S. remember what they experienced or were told about the economic crisis of the 1930’s. The result is a social document of immense interest.” – Booklist.
“The effect is of constant surprise. Surprise not only at the extent of the experience that most people called ‘hard times’, but the extraordinary depths of the memories Mr. Terkel evokes.” -NY Times Book Rev
Theoharris, Athan G., ed.
Temple University 1982 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“From the 1930s to the 1980s, the FBI has devoted much of its resources to investigating political dissenters, from groups like the Weather Underground to “respectable” professional organizations, academics, and Congressmen. This political meddling the FBI intended to keep secret. These essays describe the agency’s past and present methods to hide its activities, the classic Cold War cases, and the degree of collaboration between the FBI, congressional committees, university officials, and journalists.” -Book jacket
In-House coverup / Athan G. Theoharis — FBI break-in policy / Anthony Marro — The case of the National Lawyers Guild, 1939-1958 / Percival Bailey — The FBI, Congressman Vito Marcantonio, and the American Labor Party / Kenneth Waltzer — Weinstein, Hiss, and the transformation of historical ambiguity into Cold War verity / Victor Navasky — Unanswered questions : Chambers, Nixon, the FBI, and the Hiss case / Athan Theoharis — Liberal values, the Cold War, and American intellectuals / Kenneth O’Reilly — The arrangement : the FBI and Harvard University in the McCarthy period / Sigmund Diamond — The FBI, the Congress, and McCarthyism / Kenneth O’Reilly and Athan G. Theoharis. Modern American history.
Tobin, Harold J. and Bidwell, Percy W.
NY: Council on Foreign Relations 1940 Dewey Dec. 973.91
In 1940 the Council on Foreign Relations was looking ahead to U.S. involvement in WW2 when it commissioned this plan for mobilizing the nation for war. The Foreword implies that Congress and the press were intended audiences, as it seemed clear that they were unaware that the mobilization of civilian production would be a greater challenge than the military effort.
Contents: Mobilizing a democracy – Improvisation, 1917-1918 – Planning, 1919-1939 – The plan today – Propaganda and censorship – Mobilization of the armed forces – Mobilization of industrial labor – Mobilization of business: priorities and commandeering – The control of prices and profits – The economics of procurement planning – The plan in action
Tompkins, Vincent, et al., eds.
Thompson Gale 1994-1996 Dewey Dec. 973.9
“Changes and challenges unique to each 10-year period are covered with extraordinary depth and thoroughness in ‘American Decades’. Each volume begins with a chronology of world events to provide a context for the American experience. Next, readers can explore American life during the decade from 12 separate perspectives: The Arts, Business and the Economy, Education, Fashion, Government and Politics, Law, Lifestyles and Social Trends, Media, Medicine and Health, Religion, Science and Technology, Sports. Each article includes articles covering headlines and headline-makers, awards, achievements and other enlightening and entertaining facts reported in an engaging style.” – Book cover.
Watkins, T. H.
Holt 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“The Hungry Years tells the story of the Great Depression through the eyes of the people who lived it. Less concerned with the power brokers in Washington than with the daily struggles of ordinary people at the grassroots across America, it draws on little-known oral histories, memoirs, local press, and scholarly monographs to capture the voices of men and women in a time of extreme crisis. The result is a richly detailed narrative that traces the stages of the disaster chronologically without losing touch with the personal wounds it inflicted or the ways in which people responded.” -Publisher
The vignettes Watkins selects are gritty, visceral, and seamlessly sutured to the federal programs that rolled out in the course of the decade, making this a signal addition to the rich historiography of the Depression.” – Booklist.
Contents: Prelude: Careening Down Main Street, 1929 — Part I IN THE CRUCIBLE — 1. Boundaries of Havoc — 2. The Graveyard of Hope — 3. The Dance of Self-Reliance — 4. “The Long Slow-Match of Destiny” — 5. Making Ashes of Loyalty — Part II HOLDING UP THE WALLS — 6. The Present Instrument of Their Wishes — 7. A Scuffling Pageant of Relief — 8. The Scream of the Eagle — 9. “The President Wants You to Organize!” — 10. Freedom’s Fire — 11. The Machinery of Pride — 12. Another Form of Hunger — 13. The Lions of Labor — Part III THE POLUGHLAND CURVE — 14. Revolt in the Heartland — 15. Further Down the Country — 16. Huelga! — 17. An Evil in the Season — 18. A Perfect Laboratory — Postlude: Dismantling the Dream, 1939.
The Era in Journalism that Moved America to Reform – The Most Significant Magazine Articles of 1902-1912
Weinberg, Arthur & Lila, eds.
Putnam 1964 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“At beginning of the twentieth century America was brought to the shocking awareness that its society was not the best of all possible worlds by a startling new kind of journalism which Roosevelt named muckraking. The muckrakers sought out corruption in all its deepest hide-outs, and when they found it they proclaimed it in headlines across the country. They became famous overnight and have remained so for fifty years. Among the muckrakers are some of the most brilliant journalists of our century. Their greatest achievements arc gathered here: startling revelations on every conceivable source of corruption—from politics to white slavery, big business to patent medicine, bought votes to child labor. No subject was too delicate for these writers, no evil too gross for their attention. They were “the publicity men for reform,” the press agents for the Progressive Movement.” -Book jacket
Contents: (Some of the articles in this collection) Lincoln Steffens: “The Shame of Minneapolis-Boss Rule of a City”; Ida M. Tarbell: “The History of the Standard Oil Company: The Oil War of 1872-How the “Mother of Trusts” operated”; Ray Stannard Baker: “The Right to Work-The story of the nonstriking miner, or how union men kept scabs from working”; David Graham Phillips: “The Treason of the Senate: Aldrich, the Head of It LL-The “millionaires’ club”; Will Irwin: “The First Ward Ball-Pickpockets, bartenders, prostitutes, politicians and police captains celebrate the reign of graft”; Samuel Hopkins Adams: The Great American Fraud-Fraudulent claims and endorsements of patent medicines; William English Walling: “The Race War in the North-A challenge to the spirit of the abolitionists.”; Charles Edward Russell: “A Burglar in the Making-Convicts sold to contractors to work out their sentences”; George Kibbe Turner: “The Daughters of the Poor-Immigrant girls caught in the center of the white slave trade”. Modern American history.
White, Donald W.
Yale Univ. 1996 Dewey Dec. 973.9
“Drawing on the writings of leading intellectuals, speeches by politicians, popular periodicals, movies and television, opinion polls, and dozens of other sources, White explores what Americans thought about power in the twentieth century, how they evaluated America’s expanding world role and the confrontation of the Cold War, and how they perceived the erosion of this unprecedented accumulation of power in the years after the Vietnam War. With colorful anecdotal details, White presents a new perspective on foreign affairs during these years, recounting the global spread of American democratic philosophy, technology, industrial goods, literature, arts, and way of life against a backdrop of military crises and diplomatic negotiations.” – Publisher
Contents: The origins of a world role – The growth of a world role – The manifestations of a world role – The crisis of a world role – The decline of a world role. Modern American history.
Warner 1997 Dewey Dec. 973.92
Month by month, Witcover re-creates 1968 as he travels with, and reports on, the political fortunes of Lyndon Johnson, Eugene McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Robert Kennedy, George Romney, and Hubert Humphrey. He conveys the actual words of national figures and commentary by rock artists, media people, economists, Vietnam veterans, and Haight-Ashbury hippies. That year Witcover crossed the country from New Hampshire to California; he was standing on the rioting streets of Washington with Robert Kennedy after King was shot; he was in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel the night Kennedy was gunned down. An eyewitness to history, he presents a unique perspective that captures the mood of a nation and the life of ordinary people as shattering news erupts from assassins’ bullets and backroom deals. Witcover broadens our understanding of how that year sowed the seeds of liberalism’s demise, the shame of Watergate, Reagan’s long reign, and today’s new Democratic agenda.
Contents: Foreword / David Halberstam — Ring out the old, ring in the new — January: the volcano rumbles — February: ominous signs — March: eruption in New Hampshire — April: the fire, this time — May: passions rising — June: murder of hope — July: false hopes — August: chaos — September: running in place — October: too little, too late — November: “Bring us together” — December: fly me to the moon — After the dream died. Modern American history.
Yerkes, Robert Means, ed.
NY: Century 1920 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Essays by numerous authors on a wide variety of topics.
Contents: (Some of the articles in this collection) Science and War – Some Scientific Aspects of the Meteorological Work of the U.S. Army – War-time Photography – Optical Glass for War Needs – The Supply of Nitrogen Products for the Manufacture of Explosives – Contributions of Geology – The War Service of the Medical Profession – Some Diseases Prevalent in the Army – How Psychology Happened into the War – The National Research Council
Young, Ernest William
Boston: Badger 1922 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“The following pages attempt to treat of Functioning – Governmental Functioning at a time of peculiar crisis in the nation’s career. They do not assume to be a history of the Great War.” – Author’s Preface
Contents: Coming storm and preparation – Food administration – Fuel administration – Labor and wages – Ship-buildng – Government railroading – Secretary Baker and Mr. Creel in war – Post-office department – Press and public opinion – Liquor and vice – Russia and Bolshevism – Disloyalty – Looking toward peace – World’s Peace Congress – Treaty of Paris – League of Nations – Administration and politics – Wilson and Wilsonism – Profiteering – Reconstruction – Insurance and compensation – Spirit of America