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The Unfinished Journey


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Preface 1. The War Years 2. Origins of the Cold War 3. Truman and the Cold War 4. "The Other Half of the Walnut" Social Reform and Activism in the Postwar Years 5. The Paradox of Change American Society in the Postwar Years 6. The Civil Rights Movement "The Gods Bring Threads to Webs Begun" 7. John F. Kennedy The Reality and the Myth 8. LBJ The Trial of Consensus 9. Vietnam-The Early Years 10. "Lyndon's War" 11. Coming Apart at Home 12. 1968 13. "Bringing Us Together" 14. An Era of Political Malaise 15. A Divided Culture, a Divided Society 16. The Reagan Years 17. The 1990s A Referendum on the Post-World War II Years 18. 2000 and Beyond 19. Barack Obama A Utopian Vision Confronts Political Reality Epilogue Bibliographical Essay Index

About the Author

William H. Chafe is Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University. He is the author or coeditor of several books, including A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America, Eighth Edition (OUP, 2011) and The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2009 (OUP, 2009). He is a former president of the Organization of American Historians and his books have been recognized with the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (1981), the Sidney Hillman Book Award (1994), and the Lillian Smith Book Award (2003).


"The Unfinished Journey has a strong narrative momentum, creating a desire to 'find out what happens next.'"--Jeffrey Crane, Sam Houston State University "The Unfinished Journey offers a compelling and comprehensive narrative while also offering an analytical element missing in most textbooks."--Robyn Rosen, Marist College

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