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The "Silent Majority" Speech: Richard Nixon, The Vietnam War, and the Origins of the New Right

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Scott Laderman
October 01, 2019

The "Silent Majority" Speech treats Richard Nixon’s address of November 3, 1969, as a lens through which to examine the latter years of the Vietnam War and their significance to U.S. global power and American domestic life. The book uses Nixon’s speech - which introduced the policy of "...

When Women Won The Vote: The Final Decade, 1910-1920

When Women Won The Vote: The Final Decade, 1910-1920

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Sandra Opdycke
August 29, 2019

When Women Won The Vote focuses on the final decade (1910-20) of American women’s fight for the vote—a fight that had already been underway for more than sixty years, and which culminated in the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Sandra Opdycke reveals how woman suffragists campaigned in...

Title IX: The Transformation of Sex Discrimination in Education

Title IX: The Transformation of Sex Discrimination in Education

1st Edition

Elizabeth Kaufer Busch, William E. Thro
May 21, 2018

This book examines the history and evolution of Title IX, a landmark 1972 law prohibiting sex discrimination at educational institutions receiving federal funding. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch and William Thro illuminate the ways in which the interpretation and implementation of Title IX have been...

America Enters the Cold War: The Road to Global Commitment, 1945–1950

America Enters the Cold War: The Road to Global Commitment, 1945–1950

1st Edition

Kevin E. Grimm
November 21, 2017

America Enters the Cold War provides a succinct and insightful analysis of the foreign policy decisions which shaped America’s early involvement in the Cold War. In focusing on key documents and detailing the ideological foundations of U.S. foreign policy, Kevin Grimm situates the events of the...

The 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing: Anarchy and Terrorism in Progressive Era America

The 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing: Anarchy and Terrorism in Progressive Era America

1st Edition

Jeffrey A. Johnson
August 22, 2017

This book places the 1916 San Francisco Preparedness Day Bombing within the broader context of American radicalism and isolationism during the Progressive Era. A concise narrative and key primary documents offer readers an introduction to this episode of domestic violence and the subsequent,...

Three Mile Island: The Meltdown Crisis and Nuclear Power in American Popular Culture

Three Mile Island: The Meltdown Crisis and Nuclear Power in American Popular Culture

1st Edition

Grace Halden
June 20, 2017

Three Mile Island explains the far-reaching consequences of the partial meltdown of Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island power plant on March 28, 1979. Though the disaster was ultimately contained, the fears it triggered had an immediate and lasting impact on public attitudes towards nuclear energy in...

McCarthyism: The Realities, Delusions and Politics Behind the 1950s Red Scare

McCarthyism: The Realities, Delusions and Politics Behind the 1950s Red Scare

1st Edition

Jonathan Michaels
April 20, 2017

In this succinct text, Jonathan Michaels examines the rise of anti-communist sentiment in the postwar United States, exploring the factors that facilitated McCarthyism and assessing the long-term effects on US politics and culture. McCarthyism:The Realities, Delusions and Politics Behind the...

The Espionage and Sedition Acts: World War I and the Image of Civil Liberties

The Espionage and Sedition Acts: World War I and the Image of Civil Liberties

1st Edition

Mitchell Newton-Matza
March 23, 2017

The Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917-1918 mark one of the most controversial moments in American history. Even as President Woodrow Wilson justified US entry into World War I on the grounds that it would "make the world safe for democracy," the act curtailed civil liberties at home by making it...

The Marshall Plan: A New Deal For Europe

The Marshall Plan: A New Deal For Europe

1st Edition

Michael Holm
November 07, 2016

Between 1948 and 1951, the Marshall Plan delivered an unprecedented $12.3 billion in U.S. aid to help Western European countries recover from the destruction of the Second World War, and forestall Communist influence in that region. The Marshall Plan: A New Deal for Europe examines the aid program,...

Bleeding Kansas: Slavery, Sectionalism, and Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas Border

Bleeding Kansas: Slavery, Sectionalism, and Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas Border

1st Edition

Michael Woods
September 28, 2016

Between 1854 and 1861, the struggle between pro-and anti-slavery factions over Kansas Territory captivated Americans nationwide and contributed directly to the Civil War. Combining political, social, and military history, Bleeding Kansas contextualizes and analyzes prewar and wartime clashes in...

The California Gold Rush: The Stampede that Changed the World

The California Gold Rush: The Stampede that Changed the World

1st Edition

Mark A. Eifler
August 02, 2016

In January of 1848, James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. For a year afterward, news of this discovery spread outward from California and started a mass migration to the gold fields. Thousands of people from the East Coast aspiring to start new lives...

The Battle of Fort Sumter: The First Shots of the American Civil War

The Battle of Fort Sumter: The First Shots of the American Civil War

1st Edition

Wesley Moody
May 12, 2016

On April 12, 1861, the long-simmering tensions between the American North and South exploded as Southern troops in the seceding state of South Carolina fired on the Federal forces at Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. The battle of Fort Sumter marked the outbreak of Civil War in the United States....

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