United States History 1900-1950
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Packinghouse Daughter: A Memoir
Packinghouse Daughter
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0060936843
The author integrates personal memories and public history to tell a story of family loyalty, small-town life, and working-class values in the face of a violent labor strike in 1959, describing the impact of the strike on her own life and reflecting on the influence on post-war prosperity on blue-collar children. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
The Politics of Upheaval, 1935-1936: The Age of Roosevelt
The Politics of Upheaval, 1935-1936
The Age of Roosevelt
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0618340874
The Politics of Upheaval, 1935-1936, volume three of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.'s Age of Roosevelt series, concentrates on the turbulent concluding years of Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term. A measure of economic recovery revived political conflict and emboldened FDR's critics to denounce "that man in the White house." To his left were demagogues — Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and Dr. Townsend. To his right were the champions of the old order — ex-president Herbert Hoover, the American Liberty League, and the august Supreme Court. For a time, the New Deal seemed to lose its momentum. But in 1935 FDR rallied and produced a legislative record even more impressive than the Hundred Days of 1933 — a set of statutes that transformed the social and economic landscape of American life. In 1936 FDR coasted to reelection on a landslide. Schlesinger has his usual touch with colorful personalities and draws a warmly sympathetic portrait of Alf M. Landon, the Republican candidate of 1936.
Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties
Part of Our Time
Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties
Paperback      ISBN: 1590170873
A collection of portaits of America's communists, union leaders, and mobsters of the 1930s.
Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda
Intelligence Wars
American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda
Paperback      ISBN: 1590170989
The author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA and other illuminating books on America's intelligence infrastructure chronicles the CIA's postwar record of successes and failures in its various wars against communists, dictatorships, and terrorists. Reprint.
Brown V. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy
Brown V. Board of Education
A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy
Paperback      ISBN: 0195156323
2004 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's unanimous decision to end segregation in public schools. Many people were elated when Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren delivered Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in May 1954, the ruling that struck down state-sponsored racial segregation in America's public schools. Thurgood Marshall, chief attorney for the black families that launched the litigation, exclaimed later, "I was so happy, I was numb." The novelist Ralph Ellison wrote, "another battle of the Civil War has been won. The rest is up to us and I'm very glad. What a wonderful world of possibilities are unfolded for the children!" Here, in a concise, moving narrative, Bancroft Prize-winning historian James T. Patterson takes readers through the dramatic case and its fifty-year aftermath. A wide range of characters animates the story, from the little-known African Americans who dared to challenge Jim Crow with lawsuits (at great personal cost); to Thurgood Marshall, who later became a Justice himself; to Earl Warren, who shepherded a fractured Court to a unanimous decision. Others include segregationist politicians like Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas; Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson, and Nixon; and controversial Supreme Court justices such as William Rehnquist and Clarence Thomas. Most Americans still see Brown as a triumph--but was it? Patterson shrewdly explores the provocative questions that still swirl around the case. Could the Court--or President Eisenhower--have done more to ensure compliance with Brown? Did the decision touch off the modern civil rights movement? How useful are court-ordered busing and affirmative action against racial segregation? To what extent has racial mixing affected the academic achievement of black children? Where indeed do we go from here to realize the expectations of Marshall, Ellison, and others in 1954?
On Great White Wings: The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight
On Great White Wings
The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0786866861
Released on the eve of the hundredth anniversary of Kitty Hawk, this lively account of the historic Wright Brothers flight chronicles the race to the first to achieve powered flight. 75,000 first printing.
I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World
I Have a Dream
Writings and Speeches That Changed the World
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0062505521
Gathers speeches, sermons, letters, and essays from each period in Dr. King's life, and includes brief notes on their historical background
The Twentieth Century: A People's History
The Twentieth Century
A People's History
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0060530340
An updated account of the author's observations on the twentieth century, based on A People's History of the United States, includes coverage of the Gulf War, the post-Cold War "peace dividend," the welfare debate, the Clinton presidency, and the War on Terrorism. Original.
Contesting Castro: The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution
Contesting Castro
The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution
Paperback      ISBN: 0195101200
A diplomatic history of United States-Cuban relations focuses on the 1950s and early 1960s.
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Undaunted Courage
Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684811073
A chronicle of the two-and-a-half year journey of Lewis and Clark covers their incredible hardships and the contributions of Sacajawea