A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America

A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America

A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America

A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America

Synopsis

This popular and comprehensive anthology presents cogent, provocative articles from differing political perspectives on major issues in postwar America. In addition to articles by leading historians, the editors have assembled first-person accounts of various issues by those who havecontributed to the shaping of America's rich history, including Joseph McCarthy and Bill Clinton, as well as Robin Morgan, Anne Moody, and Phyllis Schlafly. For this edition, Chafe and Sitkoff have collaborated with a new coeditor, Beth Bailey, to give this classic text a fresh outlook. The sixthedition has been extensively revised to incorporate new documents and the most up-to-date articles, covering such recent events as the September 11 attacks. With lively and enlightening introductions to each section and headnotes providing a context for the articles, A History of Our Time helpsstudents make sense of the past fifty years of America's sometimes tumultuous but always fascinating history.

Excerpt

More than two decades ago, when we first contemplated putting together a collection of documents and essays on U.S. history since 1945, we agreed that our overriding aim was a book that addressed the real concerns and needs of the students we knew and taught, one lively and challenging enough to provoke discussions in the dorm room as well as the classroom. That is still our aim. Of course, much has changed in the intervening years, and this sixth edition addresses new matters of interest and new viewpoints on continuing issues of relevance. Beginning with this edition, we are joined by a new editor, Beth Bailey. As always, we have incorporated the suggestions of students and instructors who used earlier editions of A History of Our Time. We are grateful for such advice and hope to continue to receive recommendations for future editions.

As in the earlier editions, this book is structured to give students the opportunity to hear different voices of and about the past, to enable them to compare and contrast, and thus to provide a basis for asking critical questions and arriving at independent judgments on major issues. Consequently, each section of the book contains an introduction and headnotes that place the readings in historical perspective and highlight their relevance, documents that provide firsthand, and personal, analyses of postwar issues, and well-written essays that both convey the drama and “humanness” of history and reveal the diversity of themes and interpretations of the recent past. Much, of necessity, has been left out of this brief collection, and we urge those interested to consult the updated Suggestions for Further Reading.

The recent past is not dead; indeed, much of it is not even past. We firmly believe that the history of the last half-century still strongly in-

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