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

By Glen Jeansonne

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The A Time of Paradox: the United States considering the fact that 1890 is intentionally extra own, speculative, and provocative than so much textbooks, but it comprises the basic proof and is equipped in order that it may be used, both as a twentieth-century textbook, or in a survey direction.

Title is geared up 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 range, considering 1969

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

Title Description
In this energetic and provocative synthesis, uncommon 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 concentrating on the various and occasionally contradictory human reviews that characterised this dynamic period.

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

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The war was vital in the shift from the old style of American diplomacy to the new. Before the 1890s, policy makers were often isolationist; their conduct of foreign policy was reactive; they gave little specific guidance to diplomats abroad; and the army and navy were not prepared for international warfare. But during the 1890s, the United States embarked upon a more aggressive and activist role in foreign affairs. Several factors inspired the change: the depression, which stimulated an unprecedented interest in foreign trade and new markets overseas, and the mamring of a post-Civil "Var generation that did not share its predecessor's distaste for military adventure.

Roosevelt was an evangelist who proselytized from the "bully pulpit" that the presidency offered him; Wilson; a former professor and university president, led by wit and collegiality. Much of what Roosevelt did was more show than substance, and the opposite was true \vith Wilson. Independently, they were incomplete; combined, they would have made a consummate statesman. TR opened the era with an explosion of vigor and passed the torch to a successor under whom it dimmed. The flame blazed anew under Wilson, only to die at the epoch's end, almost simultaneously with Roosevelt's death and Wilson's political defeat.

In 1904 Roosevelt became president in his own right by defeating the Democratic nominee, Judge Alton B. Parker, an obscure conservative from New York. William Jennings Bryan, a liberal who had lost twice, withdrew from consideration, stating that it was time for the party to try a conservative. Although Parker was an ineffective campaigner, one charge did strike the president in a vulnerable spot. He pointed out that the very corporations Roosevelt was boasting of taming had contributed to his campaign to protect themselves from antitrust prosecutions.

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