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Major Problems in American History, 1920-1945: Documents and Essays (Major Problems in American History Series)
Synopses & Reviews
This collection of primary source documents and essays provides in-depth coverage of the cultural, social, political, economic, and intellectual events of the 1920-1945 era. In keeping with the proven strengths of the series, the compelling documents are grouped with important secondary sources, accompanied by chapter introductions, selection headnotes, and suggested readings.
About the Author
Colin Gordon is Professor and Chair of History at the University of Iowa, where he has taught since 1994. He is the author of NEW DEALS: BUSINESS, LABOR AND POLITICS, 1920-1935 (1994), DEAD ON ARRIVAL: THE POLITICS OF HEALTH IN TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICA (2003), and MAPPING DECLINE: ST. LOUIS AND THE FATE OF THE AMERICAN CITY (2008). He is also a senior research consultant to the Iowa Policy Project, where he writes on state labor, health, and economic development policies. Colin Gordon received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. Thomas G. Paterson, professor emeritus of history at the University of Connecticut, graduated from the University of New Hampshire (B.A., 1963) and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 1968). He is the author of Soviet-American Confrontation (1973), Meeting the Communist Threat (1988), On Every Front (1992), Contesting Castro (1994), America Ascendant (with J. Garry Clifford, 1995), and A People and a Nation (with Mary Beth Norton et al., 2001). Tom is also the editor of Cold War Critics (1971), Kennedy's Quest for Victory (1989), Imperial Surge (with Stephen G. Rabe, 1992), The Origins of the Cold War (with Robert McMahon, 1999), Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations (with Michael J. Hogan, 2004), and Major Problems in American Foreign Relations (with Dennis Merrill, 2010). With Bruce Jentleson, he served as senior editor for the Encyclopedia of American Foreign Relations (1997). A microfilm edition of The United States and Castro's Cuba, 1950s-1970s: The Paterson Collection appeared in 1999. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of American History and Diplomatic History. A recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, he has directed National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for College Teachers. In 2000 the New England History Teachers Association recognized his excellence in teaching and mentoring with the Kidger Award. Besides visits to many American campuses, Tom has lectured in Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Venezuela. He is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, which in 2008 honored him with the Laura and Norman Graebner Award for "lifetime achievement" in scholarship, service, and teaching. A native of Oregon, Tom is now informally associated with Southern Oregon University.
Table of Contents
American politics and society between the wars — Reform and reaction: public policy in the Republican era — Labor and welfare capitalism in the 1920s — The politics and culture of consumption — Intellectual and cultural currents — "100 percent Americanism": race and ethnicity between the wars — Responding to the Crash — The dilemmas of liberal internationalism: foreign policy between the wars — Hard times and harder times: agriculture between the wars — Private lives in hard times — Shaping the New Deal: recovery and reform politics — Race, gender, and the rise of the CIO — Contesting the New Deal — The social impact of World War II — The political economy of World War II.
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