Coined in 1941 by Time magazine publisher Henry Luce, the twentieth century has been called "America's Century" in anticipation that American values would continue to dominate and spread throughout the world stage as it had in the first part of the century.
This title is a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. political system from 1900 to 2000, a period of unprecedented growth and power and one punctuated by crises and division.
Part One focuses on the "Progressive Order" which emerged with the progressive movement at the beginning of the century and lasted until the stock market crash that lead to the Great Depression.
Part Two begins in 1933 when President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal ushered in a era of big government liberalism which lasted until the late 1960s when it was undermined by dissension over Vietnam and racial and political turmoil.
Part Three is called "Divided Order" and captures the last third of the century when the U.S. political system was characterized by hyper-partisanship, particularly when the White House and Congress were controlled by opposing parties.
The issues of class, gender and race are explored as important formative influences in the course of American history, as was the role of American workers, immigrants, women, and African-Americans.
'Heale is diligent in exploring the development of race, class and gender, and also writes environmental issues into the mainstream of US history. The scope of this book necessitates a transition from historical territory into the recent past, but the treatment of the Clinton Administration is adroitly managed and will serve future students well.' Times Higher 'The book crams a massive amount of detail into very little space. It is thus less cumbersome than similar textbooks. I would recommend the adoption of this book as a core text for a survey course of twentieth-century America.' Journal of American Studies, 39
|The Progressive Political Order, 1900-33||p. 1|
|The Progressive Order, 1900-33||p. 3|
|Immigrants, Workers and Women, 1900-33||p. 19|
|Progressive Hopes: from Roosevelt to Wilson, 1900-17||p. 36|
|The Progressives and the World, 1900-33||p. 51|
|Red Scare and Republican Ascendancy: from Wilson to Hoover, 1917-33||p. 65|
|The New Deal Political Order, 1933-69||p. 81|
|The New Deal Order, 1933-69||p. 83|
|Workers and Women, 1933-69||p. 97|
|Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, 1933-45||p. 115|
|Isolation and World War, 1933-45||p. 130|
|Post-war Consensus: from Truman to Kennedy, 1945-61||p. 141|
|The African-American Challenge, 1933-69||p. 156|
|New Frontier and Great Society: from Kennedy to Nixon, 1961-9||p. 173|
|Cold War and Vietnam, 1945-69||p. 189|
|The Divided Political Order, 1969-2000||p. 205|
|The Divided Order, 1969-2000||p. 207|
|Workers and Women, 1969-2000||p. 223|
|African-Americans, Immigrants and Ethnics, 1969-2000||p. 241|
|The Seventies: from Nixon to Reagan, 1969-81||p. 257|
|The United States and the World, 1969-2000||p. 273|
|Fin de Siecle: Reagan, Bush and Clinton, 1981-2000||p. 291|
|Select Bibliography||p. 308|
|Presidential Elections, 1900-2000||p. 325|
|Party Composition of Congress, 1901-2001||p. 328|
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Series: Hodder Arnold Publication
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th January 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.8 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1