The third edition of Dr. Gary A. Donaldson's highly successful textbook The Making of Modern America, introduces students to the cultural, social and political paths the United States has traveled from the end of WWII to the present day. While deftly cataloguing the sweeping changes and major events in America from "Dewey Defeats Truman" through the election of Donald Trump, this newly updated edition never loses touch with that American history taking place at the level of the people. This edition details not just the United States' rich cultural history, but elegantly repositions it as integral to our understanding of any portion of this country's past. Donaldson provides a factual foundation for students and then pushes them to interpret those facts, framing the discussions essential to any complete study of American history.
Gary A. Donaldson (PhD, LSU) is the Keller Foundation Chair in American History at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. He is the author of numerous books on American political and diplomatic history.
Preface Chapter 1: Postwar Adjustments Chapter 2: The Early Cold War Chapter 3: Affluence and Anxiety: America in the 1950s Chapter 4: The Eisenhower Presidency Chapter 5: Kennedy at Home and Abroad Chapter 6: "We Shall Continue" Chapter 7: The Nation in the 1960s Chapter 8: Out of the 1960s and into the 1970s: The Agony of Change Chapter 9: America in the 1970s: The Post-Watergate Years Chapter 10: The Reagan Years Chapter 11: The Kinder, Gentler Conservatism of George H. W. Bush Chapter 12: Bill Clinton's America Chapter 13: America after the New Millennium Chapter 14: The Second Bush and Obama: From the War on Terrorism to the Audacity of Hope Selected Bibliography Index About the Author