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Modern American Lives : Individuals and Issues in American History Since 1945.

By: Browne, Blaine T.
Contributor(s): Cottrell, Robert C.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Armonk : Taylor and Francis, 2014Copyright date: ©2008Description: 1 online resource (368 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781317464662.Subject(s): Electronic books. -- local | Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 21st century | United States -- History -- 1945- -- Biography | United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1989- | United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Modern American Lives: Individuals and Issues in American History Since 1945DDC classification: 973.90922 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- Introduction -- Part I. The Years of Consensus, 1945-1960 -- 1. Defining the Cold War -- George F. Kennan: Architect of Containment -- Henry A. Wallace: Champion of the Common Man and Cooperation -- 2. Fighting the Cold War at Home -- I.F. Stone: Dissenter in an Age of Conformity -- J. Edgar Hoover: Fighter Against the Red Menace -- 3. The Transformation of Popular Culture -- Marilyn Monroe: Symbol of the New Sexuality -- Elvis Presley: Rock and Roll Rebel -- 4. Outsiders in a Conformist Society -- Jackie Robinson: Racial Torchbearer in the National Pastime -- Allen Ginsberg: Avatar of the Beats -- 5. Defending Democracy in the Nuclear Age -- Curtis LeMay: Apostle of Armageddon -- C. Wright Mills: Prophet of the New Left -- Part II. From Confidence to Crisis, 1960-1980 -- 6. Civil Rights and Social Justice -- Fannie Lou Hamer: Mississippi Freedom Fighter -- César Chávez: Guardian of the United Farm Workers Union -- 7. Challenges to the Liberal Consensus -- Tom Hayden: New Left Activist -- Barry Goldwater: Hero of the New Right -- 8. 1968: The Hope and the Fear -- Robert Kennedy: Herald of the New Politics -- George C. Wallace: Practitioner of the Politics of Rage -- 9. Implosions: Collapse of the Counterculture and the New Left -- Jimi Hendrix: Troubadour of Psychedelia -- Bernardine Dohrn: Reformer, Radical, Revolutionary -- 10. The Women's Movement: Revolution and Reaction -- Gloria Steinem: Feminist Icon -- Phyllis Schlafly: Counterrevolutionnary on the Right -- Part III. The Search for New Directions, 1980-Present -- 11. The Roaring Eighties: Piety and Profit -- Jerry Falwell: Standard-Bearer of the Christian Right -- Bill Gates: Prophet of Techno-Times -- 12. After the Revolution: New Horizons for Black Americans.
Tiger Woods: Golf's Great Black Hope -- Clarence Thomas: Black Conservative in Judicial Robes -- 13. America and the New World Order -- Paul Wolfowitz: Democratic Imperialist -- Noam Chomsky: Radical Gadfly -- About the Authors.
Summary: The individuals presented in these narrative biographies significantly, and sometimes decisively, impacted contemporary American life in a wide range of areas, including national politics, foreign policy, social and political activism, popular and literary culture, sports, and business. The combined biographical/thematic approach is designed to serve two purposes: to present more substantive biographical information, and to offer a fuller examination of key events and issues. The book is an ideal supplement for undergraduate courses on The United States Since 1945, as well as for courses on Modern America and 20th Century America.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- Introduction -- Part I. The Years of Consensus, 1945-1960 -- 1. Defining the Cold War -- George F. Kennan: Architect of Containment -- Henry A. Wallace: Champion of the Common Man and Cooperation -- 2. Fighting the Cold War at Home -- I.F. Stone: Dissenter in an Age of Conformity -- J. Edgar Hoover: Fighter Against the Red Menace -- 3. The Transformation of Popular Culture -- Marilyn Monroe: Symbol of the New Sexuality -- Elvis Presley: Rock and Roll Rebel -- 4. Outsiders in a Conformist Society -- Jackie Robinson: Racial Torchbearer in the National Pastime -- Allen Ginsberg: Avatar of the Beats -- 5. Defending Democracy in the Nuclear Age -- Curtis LeMay: Apostle of Armageddon -- C. Wright Mills: Prophet of the New Left -- Part II. From Confidence to Crisis, 1960-1980 -- 6. Civil Rights and Social Justice -- Fannie Lou Hamer: Mississippi Freedom Fighter -- César Chávez: Guardian of the United Farm Workers Union -- 7. Challenges to the Liberal Consensus -- Tom Hayden: New Left Activist -- Barry Goldwater: Hero of the New Right -- 8. 1968: The Hope and the Fear -- Robert Kennedy: Herald of the New Politics -- George C. Wallace: Practitioner of the Politics of Rage -- 9. Implosions: Collapse of the Counterculture and the New Left -- Jimi Hendrix: Troubadour of Psychedelia -- Bernardine Dohrn: Reformer, Radical, Revolutionary -- 10. The Women's Movement: Revolution and Reaction -- Gloria Steinem: Feminist Icon -- Phyllis Schlafly: Counterrevolutionnary on the Right -- Part III. The Search for New Directions, 1980-Present -- 11. The Roaring Eighties: Piety and Profit -- Jerry Falwell: Standard-Bearer of the Christian Right -- Bill Gates: Prophet of Techno-Times -- 12. After the Revolution: New Horizons for Black Americans.

Tiger Woods: Golf's Great Black Hope -- Clarence Thomas: Black Conservative in Judicial Robes -- 13. America and the New World Order -- Paul Wolfowitz: Democratic Imperialist -- Noam Chomsky: Radical Gadfly -- About the Authors.

The individuals presented in these narrative biographies significantly, and sometimes decisively, impacted contemporary American life in a wide range of areas, including national politics, foreign policy, social and political activism, popular and literary culture, sports, and business. The combined biographical/thematic approach is designed to serve two purposes: to present more substantive biographical information, and to offer a fuller examination of key events and issues. The book is an ideal supplement for undergraduate courses on The United States Since 1945, as well as for courses on Modern America and 20th Century America.

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This is an interesting collection of biographical sketches of significant figures in the late 20th century. The couplings are original, often juxtaposing dissimilar figures. For example, New Left philosopher C. Wright Mills is coupled with Curtis Lemay, a former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and advocate of nuclear war. Jackie Robinson is placed alongside beat poet Allen Ginsburg; rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix is paired with radical Bernardine Dohrn. On the whole, these are stimulating portraits that serve to promote discussion in the classroom. However, the collection does seem to tilt further than it should toward celebrities. For instance, Gloria Steinem becomes the symbol of feminism, replacing the far more serious Betty Friedan. Tiger Woods becomes the symbol for improved race relations, despite the fact that he has shunned being placed in any particular category. Certainly, Muhammad Ali was by far more controversial than Woods or Robinson in both sports and politics. However, the portraits of Robert Kennedy and George Wallace are superb and poignant. All in all, a beguiling if quirky collection. Summing Up: Recommended. For undergraduates and public libraries only. D. R. Turner Davis and Elkins College

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