Present Tense: The United States Since 1945

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Respected for its coverage of foreign policy and domestic politics, Present Tense also provides a thorough examination of social and cultural history. This edition includes a greater focus on the 1970s and 1980s, and increased coverage of recent immigration.

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Michael Schaller is professor of history at the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1974. Schaller specializes in American foreign relations, U.S.-East Asian relations, and 20th-century U.S. history. His publications cover such topics as World War II in China, the occupation of Japan, the life of General Douglas MacArthur, and the presidency of Ronald Reagan. He regularly teaches courses on the U.S. since World War II, American relations with Asia, the Vietnam War, and American foreign relations.

Robert Schulzinger is professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his Ph.D from Yale University in 1971. His areas of expertise are American diplomatic and recent U.S. history. His many publications include A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam (1977), American Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century (1994), and Henry Kissinger: Doctor of Diplomacy (1993). He currently serves as the director of the International Affairs Program at the University of Colorado.

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Note: Each chapter includes a Conclusion and Further Reading. 1. New Deal and World War: Into the Modern Era Economic Crisis The Roosevelt Revolution America and the World Crisis War on the Home Front Wartime Politics American Trends and Issues: The Rise (and Fall) of Broadcast Journalism 2. From Atomic War to Cold War: Victory and Containment at Home and Abroad, 1945-1952 Truman Takes Charge and Prepares for the First Atomic War Demobilization and Building Peace: The GI Bill and the New Deal Legacy Popular Culture and the Age of Television The Origins of the Cold War and the Birth of Containment National Politics in the Early Cold War and the Origins of the Red Scaree The Expanding Dimensions of the Cold War Biographic Profile: The Rise of the Gunbelt 3. America at Home, 1953-1960 The Affluent Society The Politics of Moderation Cracks in the Picture Window Sexual Anxieties, Popular Culture, and Social Change Education and Mass Society Continuing Struggles: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Eisenhower's Second-Term Blues American Trends and Issues: High Tech Medicine 4. Generals and Presidents: U.S. Foreign Policy in the 1950s McCarthyism and the Korean War Political and Economic Consequences of the Korean War Eisenhower Takes Command The Ebbing of McCarthyism America and the Challenges of the Third World The Hungarian Uprising and Refugee Politics The Space Race Stirrings of Detente American Trends and Issues: Oil 5. The New Frontier at Home and Abroad, 1960-1963 American Society and Politics in 1960 The Kennedy Presidency Kennedy's Foreign Policy New Frontiers at Home The Push for Civil Rights Scientific, Technological, and Cultural Changes in the Early 1960s Assassination Biographic Profile: Nuclear Fallout Shelters--A Blast from the Past 6. The Dream of a Great Society Lyndon Johnson: The Man and the President The Great Society: Success and Disappointment Changes in the National Economy The Supreme Court and Civil Liberties Decline of the Great Society Foreign Affairs in the Shadow of Vietnam American Trends and Issues: Big Dreams, Big Buildings 7. The Vietnam Nightmare The Growth of America's Commitment to Vietnam, 1945-1964 The Americanization of the War, 1965 Fighting the War, 1966-1967 Working Class War and the Draft Rising Dissent and the Collapse of the Cold War Consensus The Election of 1968 American Trends and Issues: Wagging the Dog: "The Media-Spindustrial Complex" and American Foreign Relations 8. The Politics and Culture of Protest From Civil Rights to Black Power The SDS and the Rise of the New Left The Counterculture and Mainstream Culture Mass Culture and Social Critique 1968: A Year of Cataclysm The Rise of the New Feminism The Legacy of the Sixties American Trends and Issues: "A Veritable Obsession": Women, Work, and Motherhood 9. Illusion of Peace: America and the World During the Nixon Years The Retreat from Vietnam and the Search for Peace with Honor The Road to the Paris Peace Accords Detente with the Soviet Union The Opening to China Policies on the Margins American Trends and Issues: Energy Too Cheap to Meter: The Temptation of Nuclear Power 10. The Use and Abuse of Power: Domestic Affairs and the Watergate Scandal, 1969-1974 Recasting the Welfare State The Burger Court Economic Stagnation The Election of 1972 Watergate and the Abuse of Power American Trends and Issues: Strange Bedfellows: The Politics of Scandal in Postwar America 11. The Challenges of Change, 1974-1980 Changing Roles for Women and Men Economic Problems and Social Divisions Religion and the Rise of the New Right Presidential Politics Energy and Environment Foreign Affairs in the Carters Years American Trends and Issues: Evangelical Christianity in American Life 12. Right Turn: Conservatism Ascendant, 1980-1993 Ronald Reagan and the New Conservatism Re-election and the Second Administration Economic Realities of the Reagan-Bush Era Civil Rights and Conservative Justice Society, Culture, and New Americans in the 1980s George H.W. Bush, Michael Dukakis, and the 1988 Election The Bush Presidency at Home George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and the 1992 Election American Trends and Issues: "Dumber Than We Thought We Were": The Politics of Education 13. From the New Cold War to the New World Order Reagan's Foreign Policy Style More Bang for More Bucks: The New Arms Race America and the Middle East Adventures South of the Border The Iran-Contra Debacle Ratcheting Down the Cold War The New World Order Post-Cold War Interventions American Trends and Issues: The Prison/Industrial Complex 14. On the Edge, 1993 to the Present The Technology Decade The Changing Face of America Trivial Pursuits The Clinton Presidency Foreign Affairs in the Post-Cold War Era The Election of 2000 Into the Twenty-First Century American Trends and Issues: The Stock Market American Trends and Issues: Labor Conflict, Capital Movement, and the Rise of Global Capitalism: The Case of RCA

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