Higher Education

Present Tense: The United States Since 1945, 3rd Edition

  • Michael Schaller University of Arizona
  • Robert D. Schulzinger University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Karen Anderson York University
  • ISBN-10: 0618170375  |  ISBN-13: 9780618170371
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1996
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $108.00



Respected for its coverage of foreign policy and domestic politics, Present Tense also provides a thorough examination of social and cultural history. This edition includes a greater focus on the 1970s and 1980s, and increased coverage of recent immigration.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter includes a Conclusion and Further Reading.
1. New Deal and World War: Into the Modern Era
Economic Crisis
The Roosevelt Revolution
America and the World Crisis
War on the Home Front
Wartime Politics
American Trends and Issues: The Rise (and Fall) of Broadcast Journalism
2. From Atomic War to Cold War: Victory and Containment at Home and Abroad, 1945-1952
Truman Takes Charge and Prepares for the First Atomic War
Demobilization and Building Peace: The GI Bill and the New Deal Legacy
Popular Culture and the Age of Television
The Origins of the Cold War and the Birth of Containment
National Politics in the Early Cold War and the Origins of the Red Scaree
The Expanding Dimensions of the Cold War
Biographic Profile: The Rise of the Gunbelt
3. America at Home, 1953-1960
The Affluent Society
The Politics of Moderation
Cracks in the Picture Window
Sexual Anxieties, Popular Culture, and Social Change
Education and Mass Society
Continuing Struggles: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Eisenhower''s Second-Term Blues
American Trends and Issues: High Tech Medicine
4. Generals and Presidents: U.S. Foreign Policy in the 1950s
McCarthyism and the Korean War
Political and Economic Consequences of the Korean War
Eisenhower Takes Command
The Ebbing of McCarthyism
America and the Challenges of the Third World
The Hungarian Uprising and Refugee Politics
The Space Race
Stirrings of Détente
American Trends and Issues: Oil
5. The New Frontier at Home and Abroad, 1960-1963
American Society and Politics in 1960
The Kennedy Presidency
Kennedy''s Foreign Policy
New Frontiers at Home
The Push for Civil Rights
Scientific, Technological, and Cultural Changes in the Early 1960s
Biographic Profile: Nuclear Fallout Shelters--A Blast from the Past
6. The Dream of a Great Society
Lyndon Johnson: The Man and the President
The Great Society: Success and Disappointment
Changes in the National Economy
The Supreme Court and Civil Liberties
Decline of the Great Society
Foreign Affairs in the Shadow of Vietnam
American Trends and Issues: Big Dreams, Big Buildings
7. The Vietnam Nightmare
The Growth of America''s Commitment to Vietnam, 1945-1964
The Americanization of the War, 1965
Fighting the War, 1966-1967
Working Class War and the Draft
Rising Dissent and the Collapse of the Cold War Consensus
The Election of 1968
American Trends and Issues: Wagging the Dog: "The Media-Spindustrial Complex" and American Foreign Relations
8. The Politics and Culture of Protest
From Civil Rights to Black Power
The SDS and the Rise of the New Left
The Counterculture and Mainstream Culture
Mass Culture and Social Critique
1968: A Year of Cataclysm
The Rise of the New Feminism
The Legacy of the Sixties
American Trends and Issues: "A Veritable Obsession": Women, Work, and Motherhood
9. Illusion of Peace: America and the World During the Nixon Years
The Retreat from Vietnam and the Search for Peace with Honor
The Road to the Paris Peace Accords
Détente with the Soviet Union
The Opening to China
Policies on the Margins
American Trends and Issues: Energy Too Cheap to Meter: The Temptation of Nuclear Power
10. The Use and Abuse of Power: Domestic Affairs and the Watergate Scandal, 1969-1974
Recasting the Welfare State
The Burger Court
Economic Stagnation
The Election of 1972
Watergate and the Abuse of Power
American Trends and Issues: Strange Bedfellows: The Politics of Scandal in Postwar America
11. The Challenges of Change, 1974-1980
Changing Roles for Women and Men
Economic Problems and Social Divisions
Religion and the Rise of the New Right
Presidential Politics
Energy and Environment
Foreign Affairs in the Carters Years
American Trends and Issues: Evangelical Christianity in American Life
12. Right Turn: Conservatism Ascendant, 1980-1993
Ronald Reagan and the New Conservatism
Re-election and the Second Administration
Economic Realities of the Reagan-Bush Era
Civil Rights and Conservative Justice
Society, Culture, and New Americans in the 1980s
George H.W. Bush, Michael Dukakis, and the 1988 Election
The Bush Presidency at Home
George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and the 1992 Election
American Trends and Issues: "Dumber Than We Thought We Were": The Politics of Education
13. From the New Cold War to the New World Order
Reagan''s Foreign Policy Style
More Bang for More Bucks: The New Arms Race
America and the Middle East
Adventures South of the Border
The Iran-Contra Debacle
Ratcheting Down the Cold War
The New World Order
Post-Cold War Interventions
American Trends and Issues: The Prison/Industrial Complex
14. On the Edge, 1993 to the Present
The Technology Decade
The Changing Face of America
Trivial Pursuits
The Clinton Presidency
Foreign Affairs in the Post-Cold War Era
The Election of 2000
Into the Twenty-First Century
American Trends and Issues: The Stock Market
American Trends and Issues: Labor Conflict, Capital Movement, and the Rise of Global Capitalism: The Case of RCA

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael Schaller

Michael Schaller is professor of history at the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1974. Schaller specializes in American foreign relations, U.S.-East Asian relations, and 20th-century U.S. history. His publications cover such topics as World War II in China, the occupation of Japan, the life of General Douglas MacArthur, and the presidency of Ronald Reagan. He regularly teaches courses on the U.S. since World War II, American relations with Asia, the Vietnam War, and American foreign relations.

Robert D. Schulzinger

Robert Schulzinger is professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his Ph.D from Yale University in 1971. His areas of expertise are American diplomatic and recent U.S. history. His many publications include A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam (1977), American Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century (1994), and Henry Kissinger: Doctor of Diplomacy (1993). He currently serves as the director of the International Affairs Program at the University of Colorado.