A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890, Volumes 1-2
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Author note: David Luhrssen (Contributor)
The A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890 is deliberately more personal, speculative, and provocative than most textbooks, yet it includes the essential facts and is organized so that it can be used, either as a twentieth-century textbook, or in a survey course.
Title is organized in four parts:
Prelude -The 1890s: Bridge to the Twentieth Century
Part I - An Era of A wakening, 1900-1919
Part II - An Era of Trial and Triumph, 1920-1945
Part III - An Era of Uncertainty, 1945-1968
Part IV - An Era of Diversity, since 1969
Title was also published as two volumes:
• A Time of Paradox: America from Awakening to Hiroshima, 1890-1945 (2007)
• A Time of Paradox: America from the Cold War to the Third Millennium, 1945-Present (2006)
In this lively and provocative synthesis, distinguished historian Glen Jeansonne explores the people and events that shaped America in the twentieth century. Comprehensive in scope, A Time of Paradox offers a balanced look at the political, diplomatic, social and cultural developments of the last century while focusing on the diverse and sometimes contradictory human experiences that characterized this dynamic period.
Designed with the student in mind, this cogent text provides the most up to date analysis available, offering insight into the divisive election of 2004, the War on Terror and the Gulf Coast hurricanes. Substantive biographies on figures ranging from Samuel Insull to Madonna give students a more personalized view of the men and women who influenced American society over the past hundred years.
A. Webre, Edward F. Haas, Mathé Allain, Bill Pederson, Paul George, Dan Kohl, Michael Wynne, Eddie Lager, Richard Osborne, Irv Becker, Richard Pierce, Carl Brasseaux, William Warren Rogers, Lynnell Ransome, Bob and Bonnie Bruch, Michael Seeley, Sharon Pace and Anne Shannon. For inspiration, I had Leah and Hannah Jeansonne. PROLOGUE A Time of Paradox: America since 1890 I see this too under the sun: the race does not go to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; there is no bread for
and a British blockade. After America entered the war, Hoover became Wilson’s food administrator. Through a combination of conservation, small gardens, and scientific methods, he enabled farmers to provide enough food and fiber to supply the American armed forces, the civilian population, the Allies, and, after the war, much of Europe and the Soviet Union. Hoover relied on voluntarism, and appeals to patriotism, and limited regulation. While Hoover fed bellies, George Creel, who headed the
economic power at the turn of the century, the United States was now the most potent military power, certainly the one with the most potential. Yet if the war provided an explosion of America’s military might, the aftermath produced a dud. A short period of intolerance was capped by a generation of withdrawal. Intolerance and the Red Scare While America fought for liberty abroad, the government cracked down on civil liberties. The degree should not be exaggerated and must be placed in the
machines and refused to move, a tactic that prevented management from hiring strikebreakers—and provoked violent confrontations. Government officials, even those who sympathized with labor, doubted the legality of sit-down strikes because they might violate the right of private property. Sit-down strikers could halt production nationwide by seizing a key plant in an integrated industry. The United Automobile Workers (UAW), which shifted its affiliation from the AFL to the CIO in 1936, paralyzed
was an activity that began as a statement of noncomformity and became something that many people did. In 1923 the Chinese game of Mah-Jongg became a national craze, only to be supplanted one year later by a craze for crossword puzzles. The most exotic fad began in 1925, when Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly became famous for flagpole sitting. On his perch, he slept with his thumbs anchored into a wooden seat and, during a sleet storm, used a hatchet to chip ice from his body. A young woman who became