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By Stephen J. Whitfield

ISBN-10: 0631211004

ISBN-13: 9780631211006

A better half to 20th-Century the USA is an authoritative survey of crucial issues and topics of twentieth-century American heritage and historiography.

  • Contains 29 unique essays by means of prime students, each one assessing the prior and present kingdom of yankee scholarship
  • Includes thematic essays masking issues equivalent to faith, ethnicity, conservatism, international coverage, and the media, in addition to essays masking significant time sessions
  • Identifies and discusses the main influential literature within the box, and indicates new avenues of analysis, because the century has attracted to a close

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The Russian Revolution had already raised fears of Communism when Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer warned that the United States was next in line. The Red Scare began with vigilante attacks by returning war veterans against union members belonging to the Industrial Workers of the World. The climax came on January 2, 1920, when federal agents staged simultaneous mass arrests in 33 cities across the country. About 5,000 suspected radicals were eventually imprisoned for months without trial, and hundreds of immigrants were summarily deported.

The Great Crash In recent years, some historians have attempted to rehabilitate the reputations of Republican presidential administrations in the 1920s (Murray 1969, 1973; Trani and Wilson 1977; Hawley 1992; Ferrell 1996, 1998). Nonetheless, it is hard to resist a 1 9 1 4 –1 9 2 9 31 teleological skepticism toward policies that ended in disaster. The New Era reached a feverish peak in the late 1920s under President Coolidge and his successor, Herbert Hoover, who was elected in 1928. As Secretary of Commerce under both Harding and Coolidge, Hoover had supervised the pro-business regime, so he seemed like the perfect caretaker for New Era prosperity.

1981) The Origins of the Equal Rights Amendment: American Feminism between the Wars. : Greenwood Press. Bernstein, Irving (1966) The Lean Years: A History of the American Worker, 1920–1933. : Johns Hopkins University Press. Birdsall, Paul (1939) ‘‘Neutrality and economic pressures, 1914–1917,’’ Science and Society 3, pp. 217–28. Blee, Kathleen M. (1991) Women of the Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920s. Berkeley: University of California Press. Brown, Dorothy M. (1987) Setting a Course: American Women in the 1920s.

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