In this lively and provocative synthesis, distinguished historian Glen Jeansonne explores the people and events that shaped America in the decades from 1890 through 1945. Comprehensive in scope, A Time of Paradox offers a balanced look at the political, diplomatic, social and cultural developments of the first half of the twentieth century, while focusing on the diverse and sometimes contradictory human experiences that characterized this dynamic era.
Glen Jeansonne is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of Women of the Far Right: The Mothers' Movement and World War II, Transformation and Reaction: America, 1921-1945, and Gerald L. K. Smith: Minister of Hate.
Part I: An Era of Awakening, 1900-1919 Chapter 1: TR, Taft, and the Progressive Impulse Chapter 2: America Looks Outward, 1900-1912 Chapter 3: Nations Within: The Experiences of Immigrants, Minorities, and Workers Chapter 4: A Cultural Awakening, 1900-1919 Chapter 5: Wilson, Reform, and the Coming of War Chapter 6: From World War to Lost Peace Part II: An Era of Trial and Triumph, 1920-1945 Chapter 7: The 1920s: Decade of Fear, Decade of Excess Chapter 8: Republicanism from Prosperity to the Great Depression Chapter 9: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal Chapter 10: Culture: Revolt and Retreat Chapter 11: Interwar Diplomacy Chapter 12: World War II: Home Front and Battlefront, 1941-1945