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Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974

Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer
Format
Book
Published
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
Text in English
ISBN
9780393088663, 0393088669
Summary
"If you were asked when America became polarized, your answer would likely depend on your age: you might say during Barack Obama's presidency, or with the post- 9/11 war on terror, or the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s, or the 'Reagan Revolution' and the rise of the New Right. For leading historians Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer, it all starts in 1974. In that one year, the nation was rocked by one major event after another: the Watergate crisis and the departure of President Richard Nixon, the first and only U.S. president to resign; the winding down of the Vietnam War and rising doubts about America's military might; the fallout from the OPEC oil embargo that paralyzed America with the greatest energy crisis in its history; and the desegregation busing riots in South Boston that showed a horrified nation that our efforts to end institutional racism were failing. In the years that followed, the story of our own lifetimes would be written. Long-standing historical fault lines over income inequality, racial division, and a revolution in gender roles and sexual norms would deepen and fuel a polarized political landscape. In [this book], Kruse and Zelizer reveal how the divisions of the present day began almost five decades ago, and how they were widened thanks to profound changes in our political system as well as a fracturing media landscape that was repeatedly transformed with the rise of cable TV, the internet, and social media. How did the United States become so divided? Fault Lines offers a richly told, wide-angle history view toward an answer."--Dust jacket.
Contents
  • A crisis of legitimacy
  • A crisis of confidence
  • A crisis of identity
  • A crisis of equality
  • Turning right
  • Fighting right
  • Changing channels
  • Dividing America
  • New world orders
  • The roaring 1990s
  • Scandalized
  • Compassion and terror
  • The politics of mass destruction
  • Polarized politics
  • The Trump effect.
Description
x, 428 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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