A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890, Volumes 1-2 by Glen Jeansonne

By Glen Jeansonne

Author note: David Luhrssen (Contributor)
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The A Time of Paradox: the US in view that 1890 is intentionally extra own, speculative, and provocative than such a lot textbooks, but it contains the fundamental evidence and is geared up in order that it may be used, both as a twentieth-century textbook, or in a survey path.

Title is prepared in 4 parts:
Prelude -The Eighteen Nineties: Bridge to the 20th Century
Part I - An period of A wakening, 1900-1919
Part II - An period of Trial and Triumph, 1920-1945
Part III - An period of Uncertainty, 1945-1968
Part IV - An period of variety, due to the fact 1969

Title was once additionally released as volumes:
• A Time of Paradox: the United States from Awakening to Hiroshima, 1890-1945 (2007)
• A Time of Paradox: the US from the chilly struggle to the 3rd Millennium, 1945-Present (2006)

Title Description
In this full of life and provocative synthesis, special historian Glen Jeansonne explores the folks and occasions that formed the US within the 20th century. complete in scope, A Time of Paradox bargains a balanced examine the political, diplomatic, social and cultural advancements of the final century whereas targeting the various and infrequently contradictory human reviews that characterised this dynamic period.

Designed with the coed in brain, this cogent textual content offers the freshest research to be had, providing perception into the divisive election of 2004, the warfare on Terror and the Gulf Coast hurricanes. noticeable biographies on figures starting from Samuel Insull to Madonna supply scholars a extra custom-made view of the boys and ladies who encouraged American society over the last hundred years.

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Nearly fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy said, “For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold to the clichés of our forebears…. ”1 GETTING THE WHOLE “truth” and separating it from “myth” raises a question I often hear. ” Why don’t we teach our children, and ourselves, the truth? While doing the research for this book, I stumbled across a perfect example of those well-meaning but misguided attempts to mask reality and varnish the truth.

A decade later, those Enlightenment ideas would burst through in the form of deism and a new belief in the rights of man, which contributed powerfully to the Revolutionary mood in an America on the road to independence. One of the intense sparks behind this dynamic revival of old-fashioned fire-and-brimstone Calvinism was the arrival in America, in 1739, of an Anglican preacher, George Whitefield, whose reputation as an orator brought thousands to his outdoor meetings, large-scale revivals that might be likened to the modern “crusades” of Billy Graham.

In exchange for their support, Hamilton agreed that the new national capital would be built in the South. It is also worth noting that, as John Steele Gordon writes in An Empire of Wealth, Hamilton’s program was an immediate success and the new United States bonds sold out in weeks. “In 1789, the United States had been a financial basket case, its obligations unsalable, its ability to borrow nil,” says Gordon. …The ability of the federal government to borrow huge sums of money at affordable rates in times of emergency—such as during the Civil War and the Great Depression—has been an immense national asset.

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