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17 RECONSTRUCTING THE UNION 1865–1877

AN AMERICAN STORY:
A Secret Sale at Davis Bend

Presidential Reconstruction

Lincoln’s 10 Percent Plan

Reconstruction under Andrew Johnson

The Failure of Johnson’s Program

Johnson’s Break with Congress

The Fourteenth Amendment

The Election of 1866

Congressional Reconstruction

Post-Emancipation Societies in the Americas

The Land Issue

Impeachment

Reconstruction in the South

Black and White Republicans

Reforms under the New State Governments

Economic Issues and Corruption

Black Aspirations

Experiencing Freedom

The Black Family

The Schoolhouse and the Church

New Working Conditions

Planters and a New Way of Life

The Abandonment of Reconstruction

The Grant Administration

Growing Northern Disillusionment

The Triumph of White Supremacy

HISTORIAN’S TOOLBOX Dressed to Kill

The Disputed Election of 1876

Racism and the Failure of Reconstruction

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING 

Source: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZ62-46975]

 

18 THE NEW SOUTH AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI WEST 1870–1890

AN AMERICAN STORY:
“Come West”

The Southern Burden

Tenancy and Sharecropping

Southern Industry

The Sources of Southern Poverty

Life in the New South

Rural Life

The Church

Segregation

Western Frontiers

Western Landscapes

Indian Peoples and the Western Environment

Whites and the Western Environment: Competing Visions

The War for the West

Contact and Conflict

Custer’s Last Stand—and the Indians’

HISTORIAN’S TOOLBOX Picturing Custer’s Defeat, Indian Style

Killing with Kindness

Borderlands

Ethno-Racial Identity in the New West

Boom and Bust in the West

Mining Sets a Pattern

The Transcontinental Railroad

Cattle Kingdom

The Final Frontier

Farming on the Plains

A Plains Existence

The Urban Frontier

The West and the World Economy

Packaging and Exporting the “Wild West”

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING

 

19 THE NEW INDUSTRIAL ORDER 1870–1900

AN AMERICAN STORY:
Scampering through America

The Development of Industrial Systems

Natural Resources and Industrial Technology

Systematic Invention

Transportation and Communication

Finance Capital

The Corporation

An International Pool of Labor

Railroads: America’s First Big Business

A Managerial Revolution

Competition and Consolidation

The Challenge of Finance

The Growth of Big Business

Strategies of Growth

Carnegie Integrates Steel

Rockefeller and the Great Standard Oil Trust

The Mergers of J. Pierpont Morgan

Corporate Defenders

Corporate Critics

The Costs of Doing Business

The Workers’ World

Industrial Work

Children, Women, and African Americans at Work

The American Dream of Success

The Systems of Labor

Early Unions

HISTORIAN’S TOOLBOX Digital Detecting


The Knights of Labor
The American Federation of Labor

The Limits of Industrial Systems

Management Strikes Back

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING 

 

20 THE RISE OF AN URBAN ORDER 1870–1900

AN AMERICAN STORY:
“The Dogs of Hell”

A New Urban Age

The Urban Explosion

The Great Global Migration

Holding the City Together

Bridges and Skyscrapers

Slum and Tenement

Running and Reforming the City

Boss Rule

Rewards, Accomplishments, and Costs

Nativism, Revivals, and the Social Gospel

The Social Settlement Movement

City Life

The Immigrant in the City

Urban Middle-Class Life

MANY HISTORIES City Scenes

Victorianism and the Pursuit of Virtue
Challenges to Convention

The Decline of “Manliness”

City Culture

Public Education in an Urban Industrial World

Higher Learning and the Rise of the Professional

Higher Education for Women

A Culture of Consumption

Leisure

Arts and Entertainment

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING 

 

21 REALIGNMENT AT HOME AND EMPIRE ABROAD 1877–1900

AN AMERICAN STORY:
“The World United at Chicago”

The Politics of Paralysis

Political Stalemate

The Parties

The Issues

The White House from Hayes to Harrison

Ferment in the States and Cities

The Revolt of the Farmers

The Harvest of Discontent

The Origins of the Farmers’ Alliance

The Alliance Peaks

The Election of 1892

The New Realignment

The Depression of 1893

MANY HISTORIES What Should the Government Do?

The Rumblings of Unrest

The Battle of the Standards

Campaign and Election

The Rise of Jim Crow Politics

The African American Response

McKinley in the White House

Visions of Empire

Imperialism, European and American Style

The Shapers of American Imperialism

Dreams of a Commercial Empire

The Imperial Moment

Mounting Tensions

The Imperial War

Peace and the Debate over Empire

From Colonial War to Colonial Rule

An Open Door in China

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING 

 

22 THE PROGRESSIVE ERA 1890–1920

AN AMERICAN STORY:
Burned Alive in the City

The Roots of Progressive Reform

Progressive Beliefs

The Pragmatic Approach

The Progressive Method

The Search for the Good Society

Poverty in a New Light

Expanding the “Woman’s Sphere”

Social Welfare

Woman Suffrage

Controlling the Masses

Stemming the Immigrant Tide

The Curse of Demon Rum

Prostitution

“For Whites Only”

HISTORIAN’S TOOLBOX Mementos of Murder

The Politics of Municipal and State Reform

The Reformation of the Cities

Progressivism in the States

Progressivism Goes to Washington

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A Square Deal

Bad Food and Pristine Wilds

The Troubled Taft

The Election of 1912

Woodrow Wilson and the Politics of Morality

Early Career

The Reforms of the New Freedom

Labor and Social Reform

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING

 

23 THE UNITED STATES AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE OLD WORLD ORDER 1901–1920

AN AMERICAN STORY:
“A Path between the Seas”

Progressive Diplomacy

Big Stick in the Caribbean

A “Diplomatist of the Highest Rank”

Dollar Diplomacy

Woodrow Wilson and Moral Diplomacy

Missionary Diplomacy

Intervention in Mexico

The Road to War

The Guns of August

Neutral but Not Impartial

The Diplomacy of Neutrality

Peace, Preparedness, and the Election of 1916

Wilson’s Final Peace Offensive

War and Society

The Slaughter of Stalemate

“You’re in the Army Now”

Mobilizing the Economy

War Work

Great Migrations

Propaganda and Civil Liberties

MANY HISTORIES The Limits of Free Speech

Over There
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918–1919

The Lost Peace

The Treaty of Versailles

The Battle for the Treaty

Red Scare

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING

 

24 THE NEW ERA 1920–1929

AN AMERICAN STORY:
Yesterday Meets Today in the New Era

The Roaring Economy

Technology, Consumer Spending, and the Boom in
      Construction

The Automobile

The Future of Energy

The Business of America

Welfare Capitalism

The Consumer Culture

A Mass Society

A “New Woman”

Mass Media

The Cult of Celebrity

“Ain’t We Got Fun?”

The Art of Alienation

A “New Negro”

Defenders of the Faith

Nativism and Immigration Restriction

The “Noble Experiment”

KKK

Fundamentalism versus Darwinism

Republicans Ascendant

The Politics of “Normalcy”

The Policies of Mellon and Hoover

Crises at Home and Abroad

The Election of 1928

The Great Bull Market

The Rampaging Bull

The Great Crash

Causes of the Great Depression

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING

 

25 THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND THE NEW DEAL 1929–1939

AN AMERICAN STORY:
Letters from the Edge

The Human Impact of the Great Depression

Hard Times

The Golden Age of Radio and Film

HISTORIAN’S TOOLBOX Wonder Woman, Women's Rights, and Birth Control
“Dirty Thirties”: An Ecological Disaster

Mexican Americans and Repatriation

African Americans in the Depression

The Tragedy of Herbert Hoover

The Failure of Relief

The Hoover Depression Program

Stirrings of Discontent

The Bonus Army

The Election of 1932

The Early New Deal (1933–1935)

The Democratic Roosevelts

MANY HISTORIES Two Views of the “Forgotten Man”

Saving the Banks

Relief for the Unemployed

Planning for Industrial Recovery

Planning for Agriculture

A Second New Deal (1935–1936)

Dissent from the Deal

The Second Hundred Days

The Election of 1936

The New Deal and the American People

The New Deal and Western Water

The Limited Reach of the New Deal

Tribal Rights

A New Deal for Women

The Rise of Organized Labor

“Art for the Millions”

The End of the New Deal (1937–1940)

Packing the Courts

The Demise of the Deal

The Legacy of the New Deal

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING 

 

26 AMERICA’S RISE TO GLOBALISM 1927–1945

AN AMERICAN STORY:
Pearl Harbor

The United States in a Troubled World

Pacific Interests

Becoming a Good Neighbor

The Quest for Neutrality

Inching toward War

Hitler’s Invasion

Retreat from Isolationism

Disaster in the Pacific

A Global War

Strategies for War

Gloomy Prospects

A Grand Alliance

The Naval War in the Pacific

Turning Points in Europe and Africa

Those Who Fought

Minorities at War

Women at War

War Production

Mobilizing for War

Science Goes to War

War Work and Prosperity

Organized Labor

Women Workers

Mobility

A Question of Rights

Italians and Asian Americans

MANY HISTORIES “Who Do You Want to Win This War?”—Justifying Internment

Minorities and War Work

Urban Unrest

The New Deal in Retreat

Winning the War and the Peace

The Fall of the Third Reich

Two Roads to Tokyo

Big Three Diplomacy

The Road to Yalta

The Fallen Leader

The Holocaust

A Lasting Peace

Atom Diplomacy

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING

 

27 COLD WAR AMERICA 1945–1954

AN AMERICAN STORY:
Glad to Be Home?

The Rise of the Cold War

American Suspicions

Communist Expansion

A Policy of Containment

The Truman Doctrine

The Marshall Plan

NATO

The Atomic Shield versus the Iron Curtain

HISTORIAN’S TOOLBOX Duck and Cover

Postwar Prosperity

Hidden Costs of a Consuming Nation

Postwar Adjustments

The New Deal at Bay

The Election of 1948

The Fair Deal

The Cold War at Home

The Shocks of 1949

The Loyalty Crusade

HUAC and Hollywood

The Ambitions of Senator McCarthy

From Cold War to Hot War and Back

Police Action

The Chinese Intervene

Truman versus MacArthur

The Global Implications of the Cold War

The Election of 1952

The Fall of McCarthy

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING 

 

28 THE SUBURBAN ERA 1945–1963

AN AMERICAN STORY:
Dynamic Obsolescence (The Wonderful World of Harley Earl)

The Rise of the Suburbs

A Boom in Babies and in Housing

Suburbs and Cities Transformed

Environmental Blues

The Culture of Suburbia

American Civil Religion

“Homemaking” Women in the Workaday World

The Flickering Gray Screen

The Politics of Calm

The Eisenhower Presidency

The Conglomerate World

Cracks in the Consensus

Critics of Mass Culture

Juvenile Delinquency, Rock and Roll, and Rebellion

Nationalism in an Age of Superpowers

To the Brink?

Brinkmanship in Asia

The Superpowers

Nationalism Unleashed

The Response to Sputnik

MANY HISTORIES The Kitchen Debate

Thaws and Freezes

The Cold War on a New Frontier

The Election of 1960

The Hard-Nosed Idealists of Camelot

The (Somewhat) New Frontier at Home

Kennedy’s Cold War

Cold War Frustrations

Confronting Khrushchev

The Missiles of October

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING

 

29 CIVIL RIGHTS AND UNCIVIL LIBERTIES 1947–1969

AN AMERICAN STORY:
Two Roads to Integration

The Civil Rights Movement

The Changing South and African Americans

The NAACP and Civil Rights

The Brown Decision

Latino Civil Rights

A New Civil Rights Strategy

Little Rock and the White Backlash

A Movement Becomes a Crusade

Riding to Freedom

Civil Rights at High Tide

The Fire Next Time

Black Power

Violence in the Streets

Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society

The Origins of the Great Society

The Election of 1964

The Great Society

The Reforms of the Warren Court

Youth Movements

Activists on the New Left and Right

MANY HISTORIES Student Voices for a New America

Vatican II and American Catholics
The Rise of the Counterculture
The Rock Revolution
The West Coast Scene

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING 

 

30 THE VIETNAM ERA 1963–1975

AN AMERICAN STORY:
Who Is the Enemy?

The Road to Vietnam

Lyndon Johnson’s War

Rolling Thunder

Social Consequences of the War

The Soldiers’ War

The War at Home

The Unraveling

Tet Offensive

The Shocks of 1968

Revolutionary Clashes Worldwide

Whose Silent Majority?

The Nixon Era

Vietnamization—and Cambodia

Fighting a No-Win War

The Move toward Détente

The New Identity Politics

Latino Activism HISTORIAN’S TOOLBOX A Farmworkers’ Boycott Poster

The Choices of American Indians

Asian Americans

Gay Rights

Feminism

Equal Rights and Abortion

Value Politics: The Consumer and Environmental Movements

Technology and Unbridled Growth

Political Action

The Legacy of Identity and Value Politics

The End of the War

Pragmatic Conservatism

Nixon’s New Federalism

Stagflation

Social Policies and the Court

Triumph and Revenge

Break-In

To the Oval Office

Resignation

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING

 

31 THE CONSERVATIVE CHALLENGE 1976–1992

AN AMERICAN STORY:
Born Again

The Conservative Rebellion

Moving Religion into Politics

The Catholic Conscience

Tax Revolt
The Media as Battleground

Saturday Night Fever

The Presidency in Transition: Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter

Trimming Presidential Powers

Energy and the Middle East

Limits across the Globe

Jimmy Carter: Restoring the Faith

The Search for Direction

Energy and the Environment

The Sagging Economy

Foreign Policy: Principled or Pragmatic?

The Middle East: Hope and Hostages

A President Held Hostage

Prime Time with Ronald Reagan

The Great Communicator

The Reagan Agenda

A Halfway Revolution

Winners and Losers in the Labor Market

Standing Tall in a Chaotic World

The Military Buildup

Disaster in the Middle East

Frustrations in Central America

The Iran-Contra Connection

Cover Blown

From Cold War to Glasnost

An End to the Cold War
A Post–Cold War Foreign Policy

HISTORIAN’S TOOLBOX The Berlin Wall
The Gulf War

Domestic Doldrums

The Conservative Court

Disillusionment and Anger

The Election of 1992

CHAPTER SUMMARY | ADDITIONAL READING

 

32 THE UNITED STATES IN A GLOBAL COMMUNITY 1989–Present

AN AMERICAN STORY:
Of Grocery Chains and Migration Chains

The New Immigration

The New Look of America—Asian Americans

The New Look of America—Latinos

Illegal Immigration

Religious Diversity

The Clinton Presidency

The New World Disorder

Recovery without Reform at Home

The Conservative Revolution Reborn

Women’s Issues

Scandal

The Election of 2000

The United States in a Networked World

The Internet Revolution

American Workers in a Two-Tiered Economy

The Persistence of a Racial Divide

African Americans in a Full-Employment Economy

Global Pressures in a Multicultural America

Terrorism in a Global Age

A Conservative Agenda at Home

Unilateralism in Foreign Affairs

The Roots of Terror

The War on Terror: First Phase

The War in Iraq

A Messy Aftermath

The Second Term

Disasters Domestic and Foreign

Collapse

A Divided Nation

First-Term Reforms

Short, Medium, Long

Environmental Uncertainties

MANY HISTORIES Cold War over Global Warming
Trump
The Global Community