The New Deal - The Depression Years 1933-40
In tackling America's worst depression the New Deal brought the federal government into unprecedented contact with most Americans and shaped the political economy of the contemporary United States. This major new study incorporates the results of many recent case studies of the New Deal and provides a detailed assessment of the impact of the depression and New Deal programmes on businessmen, industrial workers, farmers and the unemployed. In his thematic analysis of the implementation of particular programmes, rather than in a narrative of policymaking, Dr Badger explains the political and ideological constraints which limited the changes wrought by the New Deal.
Years of Discord. American Politics and Society 1961-74
For fifteen tense and troubled years between the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960 and the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974, the United States struggled to direct its domestic life and its role in a rapidly changing world. These fifteen years are as rich as any in American history, rich in incident - the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights struggle, the antiwar crusade, the opening of China, Watergate, Kennedy's assassination, Johnson's retirement, the fall of Nixon: rich in personality - Robert Kennedy, Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King, Jr, Earl Warren, Bob Dylan, Henry Kissinger, George Wallace, Hubert Humphrey: and rich, finally in what it tells us of power, its attainment, and its use at home and abroad.
The United States in the World, Vol. II. A History of the American Foreign Policy
It seemed Like Nothing Happened
Carroll, Peter N.
The title of Peter Carroll's book, "It Seemed Like Nothing Happened", ironically reveals the message. The decade of the '70s was far from our common impression of the calm following the turbulent '60s. In this unique, comprehensive history of America during the 1970s, we learn about international developments: the war in Cambodia, Nixon's trip to China, the oil embargo and resulting gas shortage, the Mayaguez incident, the Camp David accords, the Iranian capture of the US embassy and the taking of hostages, and the ill-fated rescue mission.
All this signaled a decline in American power and influence. We also learn about domestic politics: Kent State, the Pentagon Papers, Haynsworth and Carswell, the Eagleton affair, the rise of ticket splitting, inflation, recession, unemployment, Watergate, Agnew's resignation, the Saturday night massacre, Nixon's resignation, the pardon for draft evaders, Propostion 13, the politicization of organized religion, the conservative shift in the Democratic Party, and the Reagan electoral landslide.
The Free and the Unfree - A New History of the United States
Carroll, Peter N. & David W. Noble
Although European expansion was the driving force that first opened up the frontier land called America, the growth of the new nation would be forged over the centuries by the diverse peoples who stuggled to make it their home. But not everyone who made a home in the country that carved democracy out of tyranny was accepted as a full American citizen - when the democratic, humanitarian principles were re-tested by the native Americans, Blacks, immigrants, religious minorities and women, these principles were too often found wanting. This book documents the relationship between these "outgroups" and the power-holders as it examines the social, cultural, political and economic development of the US.
The Tyranny of Change - America in the Progressive Era 1890-1920
Chambers, John Whiteclay
Between 1890 and 1920, the forces accompanying industrialization sent the familiar 19th century world plummeting toward extinction. The traditional countryside with its villages and family farms was eclipsed by giant corporations and sprawling cities. In this book, the author incorporates the social, cultural, political and economic changes which produced modern America.
He illuminates the experiences of blacks, Asians, Latinos, as well as other working men and women in the cities and countryside as they struggled to improve their lives in a transformed economy. This book contains many of the prominent individuals who shaped the attitudes and institutions of modern America: Jane Addams and the origin of modern social work; and the radical labour challenge of "Big Bill" Haywood and the "Wobblies". While recognizing a "progressive ethos" which dominated the mainstream reforms that characterized the period.
The author eaborates the role of civic volunteerism as well as the state in achieving directed social change. He also emphasizes the importance of radical and conservative political forces in shaping the so-called "progressive era".
The Lowell Offerings. Writings by New England Mill Women 1840-1845
The industrial revolution in nineteenth-century New England, in the words of the workers. The Mill Women of Lowell, Massachusetts -- the first female industrial wage earners in the United States -- were a new social and economic phenomenon in American society. In the 1830s and 1840s, drawn by the highest wages offered to female employees anywhere in America, they sought and found independence and opportunity in the country's first planned industrial community.
Even after long work hours, the women found time and energy to write about their lives and aspirations. From their own literary magazine, the Lowell Offering, here are their letters, stories, essays, and sketches.
The Gunpowder Plot
Nightmare in Red: McCarthy Era in Perspective
Fried, Richard M.
This is a well-researched, and frequently entertaining, account of the rise and fall of the House Committee on Un-American activities. Fried describes the growth of the kind of paranoid and xenophobic anti-communism which characterized the HUAC and traces its origins from the New Deal to the post-war periods. Along the way we meet important actors in the Red-baiting drama, including Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, the young Richard Nixon, Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs, the Hollywood Ten, and, of course, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Fried, however, also documents the more sweeping and less public effects of McCarthyism on thousands of people, from teachers and lawyers to washroom attendants forced to take loyalty tests. As Fried shows, these 'insignificant' stories are perhaps the strongest testament to the social and political climate which terrorized many ordinary citizens during the McCarthy years.
A Little History of The World
The international bestseller: E. H. Gombrich’s sweeping history of the world, for the curious of all ages
“All stories begin with ‘Once upon a time.’ And that’s just what this story is all about: what happened, once upon a time.” So begins A Little History of the World, an engaging and lively book written for readers both young and old. Rather than focusing on dry facts and dates, E. H. Gombrich vividly brings the full span of human experience on Earth to life, from the stone age to the atomic age. He paints a colorful picture of wars and conquests; of grand works of art; of the advances and limitations of science; of remarkable people and remarkable events, from Confucius to Catherine the Great to Winston Churchill, and from the invention of art to the destruction of the Berlin Wall.
For adults seeking a single-volume overview of world history, for students in search of a quick refresher course, or for families to read and learn from together, Gombrich’s Little History enchants and educates.
Among E. H. Gombrich’s many writings are the international bestsellers The Story of Art and Art and Illusion. He was director of the Warburg Institute of the University of London from 1959 to 1976.
Civilizing the Machine - Technology and Republican Values in America, 1776-1900
Kasson, John F.
A major theme in American history has been the desire to achieve a genuinely republican way of life that values liberty, order, and virtue. This work shows us how new technologies affected this drive for a republican civilization - a question as vital now as ever.
Over Here. The First World War and American Society
The Industrial Revolution in America
Kornblith, Gary J. (ed).
In the century after ratification of the Constitution, the United States developed from an overwhelmingly agricultural society into the world's leading industrial power.
This book examines why and how this tranformation took place and explores its impact on the lives of ordinary Americans.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal 1932-40
I. The Politics of Hard Times
II. Winter of Despair
III. The Hundred Days War
IV. Over the Top
V. Waiting for Lefty
VI. One Third of a Nation
VII. The Second Hundred Days
VIII. The New Deal at High Tide
IX. A Farewell to Arms
X. A Sea of Troubles
XII. The Fascist Challenge
XIII. An End to Isolation
The Paradox of a Global USA
Mazlish, Bruce / Nayan Chanda & Kenneth Weisbrode
"The Paradox of a Global USA" describes the vexed relationship between the United States and globalization. On the one hand, the US has vociferously promoted modernization and open markets, both central components of the process of globalization. On the other hand, it appears to be resolutely determined not to live within an institutional framework of globalized authority.
As the world's only superpower, the United States is often perceived as championing its own narrow national sovereignty - for example, by opposing the Kyoto Protocol and the International Criminal Court, and by taking action in Iraq outside the auspices of the UN. The book treats the paradox of American exceptionalism and globalization as a "local" happening within the broader process of globalization. These essays analyze the ways in which the USA has both played a role in, and reacted against, emerging present-day globalization.
Examples are drawn from the fields of history, political science, cultural studies, and economics, making this collection one of the very few to link together so diverse a group of authors and approaches to the subject of a global USA.
The comprehensively revised and updated 2nd edition of this successful text provides a lively, accessible and concise introduction to political, economic and social life in Britain. Illustrated with maps, charts and tables throughout, this book assumes no prior knowledge, and places current developments clearly in their historical, cultural, international and comparative context. It offers an ideal starting point for students and general readers looking for an introduction to contemporary Britain that is readable, informative, sophisticated and thought-provoking.
The Great Depression - America, 1929-1941
McElvaine, Robert S.
Cheap amusements - Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York
What did young, independent women do for fun and how did they pay their way into New York City's turn-of-the-century pleasure places? Cheap Amusements is a fascinating discussion of young working women whose meager wages often fell short of bare subsistence and rarely allowed for entertainment expenses.
Kathy Peiss follows working women into saloons, dance halls, Coney Island amusement parks, social clubs, and nickelodeons to explore the culture of these young women between 1880 and 1920 as expressed in leisure activities. By examining the rituals and styles they adopted and placing that culture in the larger context of urban working-class life, she offers us a complex picture of the dynamics shaping a working woman's experience and consciousness at the turn-of-the-century. Not only does her analysis lead us to new insights into working-class culture, changing social relations between single men and women, and urban courtship, but it also gives us a fuller understanding of the cultural transformations that gave rise to the commercialization of leisure.
The early twentieth century witnessed the emergence of "heterosocial companionship" as a dominant ideology of gender, affirming mixed-sex patterns of social interaction, in contrast to the nineteenth century's segregated spheres. Cheap Amusements argues that a crucial part of the "reorientation of American culture" originated from below, specifically in the subculture of working women to be found in urban dance halls and amusement resorts.
California: A History
Rolle, Andrew & Arthur Verge
Since its original publication, Andrew Rolle's classic work has been enjoyed by more than 100,000 persons, students and general readers alike. Like its predecessors, the seventh edition of California: A History recounts the state's history from its origins to the present in an engaging manner, while seeking a balance between conflicting viewpoints. Today especially, Californians face severe implications of the state's overwhelming diversity and continuing population explosion. This seventh edition incorporates these dramatic new developments in a historical context, pondering implications for the future. Likewise, those sections of the book devoted to women, the environment, immigration (legal and illegal), crime, sports, energy, and transportation have all been expanded. The most obvious change to this edition is the addition of Arthur Verge as coauthor, and loyal users will be delighted to see the addition of many new photographs that also help keep our "classic" text vibrant and current.
The Age of McCarthyism
This second edition of this text combines a comprehensive account of the history of McCarthyism from its origins in the 1930s through its escalation in the 1940s to its decline in the 1950s with compelling documents that trace the course of anti Communist furore in the US.The seco nd part of the book includes over 47 original documents congressional transcripts, FBI reports, speeches, and letters that chronicle the anti Communist crusade. The essay and selection of documents have been thoroughly updated to reflect new scholarship and recently revealed archival evidence of Soviet spying in the US.
Fifty Years Later - The New Deal Evaluated
Sitkoff, Harvard (Ed).
Nine original essays on the New Deal provide a thorough evaluation of this crucial period. The authors, all leading New Deal scholars, wrote these essays specifically for undergraduates.
Five Years Later - The New Dael Evaluated
Sitkoff, H. (Ed)
Postcolonialism - A Very Short Introduction
Young, Robert, J.C.
This innovative and lively book is quite unlike any other introduction to postcolonialism. Robert Young examines the political, social, and cultural after-effects of decolonization by presenting situations, experiences, and testimony rather than going through the theory at an abstract level. He situates the debate in a wide cultural context, discussing its importance as an historical condition, with examples such as the status of aboriginal people, of those dispossessed from their land, Algerian rai music, postcolonial feminism, and global social and ecological movements.
Above all, Young argues, postcolonialism offers a political philosophy of activism that contests the current situation of global inequality, and so in a new way continues the anti-colonial struggles of the past.