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These United States: A Nation in the Making, 1890 to the Present

Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore; Thomas J. Sugrue

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ISBN 10: 150465868X / ISBN 13: 9781504658683
Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2015
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Title: These United States: A Nation in the Making,...

Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Audio CD

Book Condition:Very Good

Book Type: Audio Book

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A powerful history of the making and unmaking of American democracy and global power, told in sweeping scope and intimate detail.

In the winter of 1936, Franklin Roosevelt remarked in a fireside chat, ''I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.'' Certainly apt in the midst of the Great Depression, the idea of a nation in the making still resonates today as we measure the achievements and shortcomings of our democracy. Over the long twentieth century, Americans have worked, organized, marched, and fought to make the nation's ideals a reality for all. This shared commitment to achieving an American democracy is the inspiring theme of These United States.

Acclaimed historians Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore and Thomas J. Sugrue forge the panoramic and the personal into an authoritative narrative. They give us insightful accounts of the century's large events -- war, prosperity, and depression; astute leadership and arrogant power; the rise and decline of a broad middle class. And they ground the history in the stories of everyday Americans such as William Hushka, a Lithuanian immigrant who makes and loses an American life; Stan Igawa, a Japanese-American who never doubts his citizenship despite internment during World War II; and Betty Dukes, a Wal-Mart cashier who takes on America's largest corporation over wage discrimination.

The history begins and ends in periods of concentrated wealth, with immigration roiling politics and racial divisions flaring. Its arc over those hundred-plus years raises key questions: How far has our democracy come? Were the postwar decades of middle-class prosperity and global power a culmination of the American Century or the exception in a long history of economic and political division? Gilmore and Sugrue frame these questions by drawing the illuminating connections characteristic of the best historical writing.

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Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore is the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History at Yale University.

Thomas J. Sugrue is a professor of history and social and cultural analysis at New York University.

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