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The American Paradox: A History of the United States Since 1945 v4.0
By: 
Steven M. Gillon
Published: 
February 2018
Discipline: 
History Textbooks
ISBN (Digital): 
978-1-4533-8757-3

The American Paradox takes a comprehensive, nonpartisan approach to understanding the major events and social movements in American history since 1945. Throughout the text, Gillon focuses on the central contradiction of postwar politics and society: Americans expect their government to solve major social problems, but they retain a fear of federal power. Gillon uses politics and culture to serve as the building blocks for the narrative as he helps students continue to find connections between the past and present, so that they can better understand how the story of post-45 U.S. history is a tale of both unity and division—a uniquely American paradox.

Brief Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Specter of Appeasement: The Cold War, 1945–1949

Chapter 2: In the Shadow of FDR

Chapter 3: The Cold War Heats Up

Chapter 4: Boomer Nation

Chapter 5: The Politics of Moderation, 1951–1960

Chapter 6: American Ideals and Social Realities, 1952–1960

Chapter 7: The Kennedy Presidency, 1961–1963

Chapter 8: Lyndon Johnson, the Great Society, and the Unraveling of America, 1963–1967

Chapter 9: “Into the Big Muddy”: America in Vietnam, 1945–1968

Chapter 10: Richard Nixon and the New Republican Majority, 1969–1974

Chapter 11: The Clash of Cultures, 1969–1980

Chapter 12: The Age of Limits, 1974–1980

Chapter 13: The Reagan Presidency, 1981–1989

Chapter 14: Culture and Consumerism: 1980–1992

Chapter 15: The End of the Cold War, 1988–1992

Chapter 16: The Clinton Presidency, 1993–2001

Chapter 17: The Prosperous Nineties

Chapter 18: The Challenges of the New Century, 2001 to the Present


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