Surrounding the war with an aura of nostalgia both fosters the delusion that war can cure our social ills and makes us strong again, and weakens confidence in our ability to act effectively in our own time."-Journal of Military History
A finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, this acclaimed history uses foreign relations as the lens through which to tell the story of America's dramatic rise from 13 disparate colonies huddled along the Atlantic coast to the world's greatest superpower.
The American war against British imperial rule (1775-1783) was the world's first great popular revolution. Ideologically defined by the colonists' Declaration of Independence in 1776, the struggle has taken on a mythic character and become emblematic of American national identity.
Offers an account of how the Cold War arms race finally came to a close. Drawing on memoirs, interviews in both Russia and the US, and classified documents from deep inside the Kremlin, the author examines the inner motives and secret decisions of each side and details the deadly stockpiles that remained unsecured as the Soviet Union collapsed.
Chronicles more than forty years of black music: from the hopeful, angry refrains of the Freedom movement to the slick pop of Motown; from Woodstock and the 'Summer of Love' to Vietnam and the race riots; from disco inferno to the Million Man March.
In a field where primary sources are thin and difficult, Abandoning America is an excellent tool for reference and research. The book is fully annotated and offers a substantial introduction providing for further historical context.
From nineteenth-century American art and literature to comic books of the twentieth century and afterwards, Chad A. Barbour examines in From Daniel Boone to Captain America the transmission of the ideals and myths of the frontier and playing Indian in American culture.
Contesting Constructed Indian-ness seeks to highlight the investment of white American males with the history of their relationship with the ideas of the Indian. This book documents the investments of white men with that of the ideal Indian, while disregarding the reality of Native Americans in this country.
An appraisal of the Black Panther Party on the fiftieth anniversary of its founding, bringing together oral history interviews with original members, portraits, archival images, and essays by leading experts.
When John Winthrop, first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, emigrated from Stuart England to America, he and the colonists who accompanied him carried much of their culture with them. This title includes the essays that assert a unity to the transatlantic and Puritan, Anglo-American sphere, integrating the English and colonial stories.
* Contains 34 original essays by leading experts in Post-1945 American history. * Covers society and culture, people and movements, politics and foreign policy. * Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every important era and topic. * Includes a book review section on essential readings. .
How did the CIA control cops and secret service agents on the ground in Dealey Plaza? How did federal authorities prevent the House Select Committee on Assassinations from discovering the truth about the complicity of the CIA? In this book, the author finds out what went on the day JFK was assassinated.
Contains entries on capital punishment decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court. This encyclopedia includes entries on organizations that support and oppose capital punishment; capital punishment's impact on persons of African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American descent, on women, and on foreign nationals; and the various methods of execution.
During the Cold War, the Munich-based radio stations Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty provided clandestine broadcasts to thousands of individuals living behind the Iron Curtain. This book describes the Cold War world of the Munich stations, focusing on the security and intelligence problems which plagued the stations between 1950 and 1989.
This incisive, provocative, and wide-ranging book casts a critical eye on the representation of Native Americans in the Western film since the genre's beginnings. Armando Jos' Prats shows the ways in which film reflects cultural transformations in the...
Today's moral critics, in their attempts to convince Americans of the social and spiritual consequences of unregulated sexual behavior, often harken back to a more innocent age; as this groundbreaking work makes clear, America's sexual culture has always been rich, vibrant, and contentious.
The events of the American Revolution signified by Lexington, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, Saratoga, and Yorktown are familiar to American readers. This title views the American Revolution from the standpoint of the British government and the British military leaders as they attempted to execute an overseas war of great complexity.
This book looks beyond the common label of 'Ronald Reagan's America' to chart the complex intersection of cultures in the 1980s. In doing so it provides an insightful account of the major cultural forms of 1980s America and influential texts and trends of the decade.
This biography tells the story of controversial black activist, Robert F. Williams (1925-1996). President of the Monroe NAACP, Williams organized armed resistance to KKK terrorists, challenging not only white supremacists but also the civil rights establishment.
Rumours of Jefferson's sexual involvement with his slave Sally Hemings have circulated for two centuries. In this text, the author sets out to intensify the debate, arguing not that the events necessarily took place, but that the evidence for their taking place has been denied a fair hearing.
Suitable for understanding key terms and debates in the fields of American studies and cultural studies, this book brings together essays by scholars working in literary studies and political economy, cultural anthropology and ethnic studies, African American history and performance studies, gender studies and political theory.
Offers an account of the crime story and its literary and political significance. Illuminating a previously unnoticed set of concerns at the heart of the fiction, the author contends that mid-twentieth-century American crime writers used the genre to confront and wrestle with many of the paradoxes and disappointments of New Deal liberalism.
In this revolutionary text, Native American scholar and activist Andrea Smith reveals the disturbing connections between white settler colonialism, genocide, and violence against Native American women and children.