By Richard M. Abrams

ISBN-10: 0511221428

ISBN-13: 9780511221422

ISBN-10: 0521862469

ISBN-13: 9780521862462

The USA has visible a mess of alterations for the reason that its very founding. This ebook examines the interval 1941-2001 within which time the nature of yank existence replaced speedily, culminating within the shattering of the liberal Democratic coalition. Revolutions within the components of affluence, overseas coverage, the army, company approach, racial family, gender roles, sexual habit and attitudes, and disrespect for privateness are mentioned. instead of cite old evidence as they happened, the United States remodeled analyzes them and provides a clean and sometimes debatable viewpoint. Abrams' attracts on a wealth of released assets to focus on his unique arguments on McCarthyism, the chilly warfare, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Johnson, to call a couple of issues. The synthesis of data and the intensity of perception are easily unprecedented in the other e-book of yank social background from 1941-2001.

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But without a consensus on standards or common experiences on which it could be based, the principle of self-interest and individualistic competition as a social regulator would lose its chief link to social justice. Law would come to be viewed less as the articulation of a just resolution of social conflicts and more as the mere institutionalization 3 4 5 Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose (Fawcett, 1971), pp. 11, 13. Charles Ayres, Science, The False Messiah (Bobbs, Merrill, 1927), p. 27. Daniel Bell, The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism (Basic Books, 1978), p.

Social and technological change had been accelerating for more than 200 years. By the mid-twentieth century it had become a fundamental fact of life. The British philosopher Alfred North Whitehead had remarked earlier in the century how the ordering force of tradition had always depended on the assumption that “each generation will live amid the conditions governing the lives of its fathers and will transmit those conditions to mould with equal force the lives of its children. ”1 “The simple security of the old orthodox assumptions,” Whitehead noted, “has vanished .

The scientists contended that to use on cities a weapon so indiscriminate and a million times more destructive than any previous weapon would sacrifice America’s 5 6 Harry S. Truman, Memoirs by Harry S. Truman: Year of Decisions (Doubleday, 1955), p. 419. However, Truman’s successor, Dwight Eisenhower, decidedly viewed nuclear weapons as legitimate military equipment and contemplated using them in Korea and in Indochina. ” 7 The wisdom as well as the humanity of using the Bomb would remain hotly debated for the rest of the century.

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