The Growth of a Superpower, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615307370
  • ISBN-13: 9781615307371
  • DDC: 973.91
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 208 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released August 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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So rapid has been the growth of the United States since the mid-20th century and so profound the changes it has experienced that its current superpower status in the world sometimes obscures the radical social, political, economic, and technological transformations it has experienced in that time. Although international and domestic challenges—from the Cold War to the war on terror to healthcare—as well as successes on each front have alternately stunted and accelerated the country’s ascent, its role in world affairs is undeniable. With seminal documents of the each era complementing relevant text, this engrossing volume examines the trajectory of American history between the administrations of Harry Truman and Barack Obama and the factors that have shaped and sustained its development.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: “The Buck Stops Here!”: The Harry Truman Administration.
2: The Truman Doctrine and Containment.
3: Postwar Domestic Reorganization.
4: The Red Scare.
5: The Korean War.
6: Liking Ike: The Dwight Eisenhower Administration.
7: Peace, Growth, and Prosperity.
8: Eisenhower's Second Term.
9: Domestic Issues.
10: World Affairs.
11: An Assessment of the Postwar Era.
12: From Camelot All the Way with LBJ: The John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson Administrations.
13: The New Frontier.
14: The Great Society.
15: The Civil Rights Movement.
16: Latino and Native American Activism.
17: Social Changes.
18: The Vietnam War.
19: “Nixon's the One”: The Richard M. Nixon Administration.
20: Foreign Affairs.
21: Domestic Affairs.
22: The Watergate Scandal.
23: The National Nightmare Ends, The National Malaise Begins: The Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter Administrations.
24: The Gerald R. Ford Administration.
25: Pardoning Nixon.
26: Troubled Economy.
27: The 1976 Election.
28: The Jimmy Carter Administration.
29: Foreign Affairs.
30: Domestic Policy.
31: Morning in America: The Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations.
32: The Ronald Reagan Administration.
33: Reagonomics.
34: The Reagan Doctrine.
35: Second Term and the Iran-Contra Affair.
36: Economic Legacy.
37: The George Bush Administration.
38: Foreign Policy.
39: Iraq War.
40: “Read My Lips”.
41: The 1992 Election.
42: “It's the Economy, Stupid”: The Bill Clinton Administration.
43: Early Policy Initiatives.
44: Mid-Term Challenge.
45: The 1996 Election.
46: The Lewinsky Affair.
47: America After 9-11: The George W. Bush Administration.
48: Congressional Resistance.
49: The September 11 Attacks.
50: The Iraq War.
51: The 2004 Election.
52: Hurricane Katrina and Growing Disenchantment with the Iraq War.
53: The Financial Crisis.
54: “Yes We Can”: The Barack Obama Administration.
55: The Great Recession.
56: Health Care Reform and the Tea Party.
57: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
58: Mid-Term Elections.
59: Budget Battle.
60: Foreign Policy.
61: Deficit Deadlock.
Appendices (Documents).
Harry S. Truman: The Truman Doctrine (1947).
George C. Marshall: The Marshall Plan (1947).
Joseph R. McCarthy: Communists in the State Department (1950).
Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Crisis in the Middle East (1957).
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Farewell Address (1961).
John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address (1961).
John F. Kennedy: Soviet Missiles in Cuba (1962).
Lyndon B. Johnson: The Great Society (1964).
Lyndon B. Johnson: Withdrawal Speech (1968).
Richard M. Nixon: The Moscow Summit (1972).
Richard M. Nixon: Resignation from the Presidency (1974).
A. Television Address Announcing the Intention to Resign.
B. Farewell to the White House Staff.
Jimmy Carter: A National Malaise (1979).
Ronald Reagan: A Tax System That Is Unwise, Unwanted, and Unfair (1985).
Ronald Reagan: Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin (1987).
George Bush: Operation Desert Storm (1991).
Hillary Clinton: Attempts at Health Care Reform (1993).
Contract with America (1994).
Kenneth W. Starr: The Starr Report (1998).
Factual Background.
The Investigation.
The Significance of the Evidence of Wrongdoing.
George W. Bush: Declaration of War on Terrorism (2001).
John P. Murtha: War in Iraq (2005).
Barack Obama: Inaugural Address (2009).