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The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good

David Goldfield
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017.
Language
English
Variant Title
When government was good
ISBN
9781620400883, 162040088X
Summary
A history of the post-World War II decades traces the efforts of an activist federal government to guide the U.S. toward a realization of the American Dream, exploring the era's unprecedented economic, social, and environmental growth. --Publisher.
"In The Gifted Generation, a fresh interpretation of post-World War II America, historian David Goldfield examines the generation immediately after the war. He argues that the federal government was instrumental in the great economic, social, and environmental progress of the era. Following the sacrifices of the Greatest Generation, the returning vets and their children took the unprecedented economic growth and federal activism to new heights. This generation was led by presidents who believed in the commonwealth ideal: that federal legislation, by encouraging individual opportunity, would result in the betterment of the entire nation. In the years after the war, these presidents created an outpouring of federal legislation that changed how and where people lived, their access to higher education, and their stewardship of the environment. They also spearheaded historic efforts to level the playing field for minorities, women and immigrants. But this dynamic did not last, and Goldfield shows how the shrinking and redirection of federal policy limited the opportunities of subsequent generations. David Goldfield brings this unprecedented surge in American legislative and cultural history to life as he explores the presidencies of Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Lyndon Baines Johnson and the lives of ordinary Americans. He brilliantly shows how the nation's leaders persevered to create the conditions for the most gifted generation in U.S. history."--Dust jacket flap.
Contents
  • Introduction: Good government
  • Part I: Crossing the meridian. Moving ; Pioneers ; The plowboy ; To secure these rights ; South by north ; The scarlet letter ; The endless frontier ; "To hell with Jews, Jesuits, and steamships!"
  • Part II: Settlement. The Swedish Jew ; The wheels of justice ; Yesterday ; Tomorrow ; Steps ; Confidence
  • Part III: Gifts. The cowboy ; Interlude ; Being Lincoln ; Patrimony ; A woman's world ; The great American breakthrough ; Blood
  • Part IV: The great regression. Party lines ; The populist moment ; Stall ; The color line ; The old country ; The great regression.
Description
viii, 534 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 498-511) and index.
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