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Us vs. Them : American Political and Cultural Conflict from WWII to Watergate - Robert J. Bresler

Us vs. Them

American Political and Cultural Conflict from WWII to Watergate

Paperback Published: 1st November 1999
ISBN: 9780842026901
Number Of Pages: 262

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Culture. Politics. Thick, impenetrable tension. Post-1945 America. Professor Robert Bresler broaches these interwoven themes in Us vs. Them: American Political and Cultural Conflict from WWII to Watergate, a reader in the American Visions series. Offering a broad overview of the interrelationship of culture and politics in the second half of the twentieth century, Us vs. Them is an exploration of the historical roots of America's current cultural wars. In the extended essay that constitutes the first half of the book, Professor Bresler offers a seamless introduction to the intermingling of American politics and culture, from the rise of an American consensus in the immediate postwar period to its inevitable decline in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Part II consists of documents and readings that illustrate and buttress Bresler's argument including political manifestos and excerpts from the works of major essayists such as Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Mary McCarthy, and Norman Podhoretz. Lending a flavor of contemporary debate, this documentary material allows an integrative approach to politics and culture. Valuable for instructors who want to blend political ideas and cultural controversy into their American studies, American history, or political science courses, Us vs. Them gives students a key to understanding contemporary cultural politics. This important compilation is a guide to post-1945 America that places the evolution of political institutions-the presidency, Congress, the courts-within a broad cultural context.

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This is a marvelous book.--Donald Grier Stephenson, Jr., Franklin & Marshall College

The Rise and Fall of the American Consensusp. 3
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 101
State of the Union Addressp. 107
The Vital Centerp. 111
A Republican Looks at His Partyp. 133
A Call to Greatnessp. 147
Mlle. Gulliver en Ameriquep. 155
The Know-Nothing Bohemiansp. 161
The Motion Picture Production Codep. 173
Farewell Addressp. 179
Letter from Birmingham Jailp. 185
Commencement Address at American Universityp. 201
The Sharon Statementp. 211
The Port Huron Statementp. 213
Commencement Address at the University of Michiganp. 225
Trapped in a Systemp. 231
The New Mutantsp. 241
Sex and Castep. 249
The Watergate Charges: Protecting the National Securityp. 253
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ISBN: 9780842026901
ISBN-10: 0842026908
Series: American Visions: Readings in American Culture
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: SPEAR BOOKS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.32  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.36

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