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Browne, Blaine T. (Blaine Terry)
Modern American lives : individuals and issues in American history since 1945 / Blaine T. Browne and Robert C. Cottrell
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c2008
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 3rd Floor  E747 .B87 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- History -- 1945- -- Biography
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989
United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-
Subject(s) Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Physical Description xvi, 367 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 365-366)
Contents Preface -- Introduction -- Part 1: 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: Transformation of popular culture -- Marilyn Monroe: symbol of the new sexuality -- Elvis Presley: rock and roll rebel -- 4: Outsiders in the 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 2: From Confidence To Crisis, 1960-1980 -- 6: Civil Rights and social justice -- Fannie Lou Hamer: Mississippi freedom fighter -- Cesar Chavez: 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 -- Bernadine Dohrn: reformer, radical revolutionary -- 10: Women's movement: revolution and reaction -- Gloria Steinem: feminist icon -- Phyllis Schafly: counterrevolutionary on the right -- Part 3: Search For New Directions, 1980-Present -- 11: 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 Product Description: 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
Alternate Author Cottrell, Robert C., 1950-

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