A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890, Volumes 1-2
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Author note: David Luhrssen (Contributor)
The A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890 is deliberately more personal, speculative, and provocative than most textbooks, yet it includes the essential facts and is organized so that it can be used, either as a twentieth-century textbook, or in a survey course.
Title is organized in four parts:
Prelude -The 1890s: Bridge to the Twentieth Century
Part I - An Era of A wakening, 1900-1919
Part II - An Era of Trial and Triumph, 1920-1945
Part III - An Era of Uncertainty, 1945-1968
Part IV - An Era of Diversity, since 1969
Title was also published as two volumes:
• A Time of Paradox: America from Awakening to Hiroshima, 1890-1945 (2007)
• A Time of Paradox: America from the Cold War to the Third Millennium, 1945-Present (2006)
In this lively and provocative synthesis, distinguished historian Glen Jeansonne explores the people and events that shaped America in the twentieth century. Comprehensive in scope, A Time of Paradox offers a balanced look at the political, diplomatic, social and cultural developments of the last century while focusing on the diverse and sometimes contradictory human experiences that characterized this dynamic period.
Designed with the student in mind, this cogent text provides the most up to date analysis available, offering insight into the divisive election of 2004, the War on Terror and the Gulf Coast hurricanes. Substantive biographies on figures ranging from Samuel Insull to Madonna give students a more personalized view of the men and women who influenced American society over the past hundred years.
and bombers based in England, landed at Casablanca, Oran, and Algiers on November 8, 1942. French resistance was light and ceased after the Germans occupied Vichy France on November 11. Almost simultaneously, the British launched an offensive from the East. General Bernard Montgomery defeated German General Erwin Rommel at El Alamein, Libya, in late October and early November, then began advancing westward to link with Eisenhower’s forces. Germany rushed reinforcements to Tunisia, only slowing
1912 Democrat Woodrow Wilson defeats Republican incumbent William Howard Taft and Progressive candidate Theodore Roosevelt in presidential election. February 25, 1913 Sixteenth Amendment authorizing a federal income tax ratified. May 31, 1913 Seventeenth Amendment providing for direct election of senators ratified. December 23, 1913 Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act. April 6, 1917 United States enters World War I. January 8, 1918 Wilson outlines “Fourteen Points” for peace
overdevelopment of grazing, lumber, and water projects on public lands in the West, he withdrew about 120–160 million acres from development, increasing reserves by nearly one-half during his first term. Additionally, he supported the Newlands Reclamation Act of 1902, which set aside almost the entire proceeds from western land sales for construction and maintenance of irrigation projects in arid regions. A ringmaster in the arena of governing, Roosevelt craved, and attracted, attention. He was
patted dogs,” he complained. In domestic policy, Reagan’s second term was more difficult than his first. His major domestic goals had been achieved early. Most important, the triumvirate that planned his domestic agenda broke up. James Baker changed places with Donald Regan at Treasury, with Regan becoming chief of staff. Meese became attorney general, and Deaver became a political consultant. Regan, an egotistic, serious, austere personality, decided that the president should deemphasize public
include Mary Frances Berry and John W. Blassingame, Long Memory: The Black Experience in America (1982); Herbert G. Gutman, The Black Family in Struggle and Freedom, 1750–1925 (1976); August Meier, Negro Thought in America: Racial Ideologies in the Age of Booker T. Washington, 1880–1915 (1963); Louis R. Harlan, Booker T. Washington (2 vols., 1972–1983); Manning Marable, W.E.B. Du Bois (1986); and David Levering Lewis, W.E.B. Du Bois (2 vols., 1994, 2000). On women, see Aileen Kraditor, The Ideas