New PDF release: A Companion to 20th-Century America

By Stephen J. Whitfield

ISBN-10: 0631211004

ISBN-13: 9780631211006

A significant other to 20th-Century the United States is an authoritative survey of crucial subject matters and subject matters of twentieth-century American background and historiography.

  • Contains 29 unique essays via best students, every one assessing the earlier and present kingdom of yankee scholarship
  • Includes thematic essays masking issues comparable to faith, ethnicity, conservatism, overseas coverage, and the media, in addition to essays protecting significant time sessions
  • Identifies and discusses the main influential literature within the box, and indicates new avenues of study, because the century has interested in a close

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Dee. 1 9 1 4 –1 9 2 9 35 Perman, Michael (2001) Struggle for Mastery: Disfranchisement in the South, 1888–1908. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Ribuffo, Leo P. (1981) ‘‘Jesus Christ as business statesman: Bruce Barton and the selling of corporate capitalism,’’ American Quarterly 33, pp. 206–31. Schaffer, Ronald (1991) America in the Great War: The Rise of the War Welfare State. New York: Oxford University Press. , Jr. (1957) The Age of Roosevelt: The Crisis of the Old Order. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

As wealth concentrated in fewer hands, there were not enough customers left to purchase the mass-produced goods pouring off assembly lines. By 1929, the top 5 percent of Americans received one-third of all national income, and rich people did not buy enough consumer goods to sustain the new mass-consumption economy. Manufacturers tried to stimulate consumer demand with installment-plan credit and heavy advertising. But burdened with income inequality, the New Era was doomed, especially after the Great Crash, when wage cuts and mass layoffs forced consumers to halt new purchases (Schlesinger 1957; Parrish 1992; Leuchtenburg 1993).

The inevitable disaster came on May 7, 1915, when a German U-boat torpedoed Britain’s Lusitania, which carried over 2,000 civilians. Of the 1,200 passengers and crew who died in the attack, 128 were Americans. The Lusitania was carrying munitions at the time, but from the standpoint of international law and American public opinion, nothing excused the wanton murder of civilians on the high seas. Many Americans called for war over the Lusitania outrage, but President Wilson clung to neutrality: ‘‘There is such a thing as being too proud to fight’’ (Link, X XX II I : 149).

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