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Postwar America (1945 to the Present)

An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History

Edited by James Ciment

Includes: Topic Finder, sidebars, cultural landmarks, photos, glossary, master bibliography

Awards:  

Best Reference, Library Journal

Outstanding Reference Source, Reference and User Services Association, ALA

Reviews:

“[A] valuable resource. Because of the importance and diversity of the topics covered, it could easily find a home in high school, undergraduate and public libraries.” Against the Grain

“[T]his work is comprehensive in its coverage, with references to point interested persons to more material. Recommended to academic and public libraries.” Library Journal

“[T]he in-depth articles provide detailed background information and address topics that align with standard curricula. Researchers will appreciate the breadth and depth of coverage. This unique and satisfying resource is recommended for large public, academic, and secondary collections that support upper-level U.S. history courses.” Booklist

“The 550 alphabetically arranged articles are well organized and will be accessible to readers who have little background on the topics. ... Controversial subjects receive balanced treatment ... succeeds in covering a complicated era in a style and format that is both useful and engaging.” School Library Journal

Description: From the outbreak of the Cold War to the early twenty-first century, the period in American history since World War II has been filled with momentous events and major change. Diplomatically, economically, politically, and culturally, the United States has emerged as the world’s last remaining superpower, while encountering new challenges around the globe. On the domestic front, the postwar era has witnessed some of the most turbulent and prosperous years in U.S. history.

Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History provides detailed and up-to-date coverage of the remarkable developments in U.S. affairs during this period, as well as their far-reaching effects on the rest of the world. More than five hundred A-Z entries shed light on notable events, movements, organizations, geographical locations, concepts, and artistic, cultural, and scientific trends. Sidebars highlight colorful figures, telling incidents, and other items of special interest; and Cultural Landmark entries detail the music, literature, arts, and cultural history of the era, decade by decade. A rich collection of photographs helps bring the era to life, and a Master Bibliography provides a comprehensive reference resource for further investigation.

Contents:

Cultural Landmarks

Glossary

Abortion

Abscam

Adams (Sherman) Scandal

Advertising

Affirmative Action

Agency for International Development

Agricultural Workers

Agriculture

AIDS/HIV Crisis

Air Pollution

Air Traffic Controllers’ Strike

Alaskan Pipeline

Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education (1969)

Alliances, Foreign

Altamont Killings

American Independent Party

American Nazi Party

AmeriCorps

Anticommunism

Anti-Nuclear Power Movement

Antiwar Movement, Vietnam Era

Apollo Program

Architecture

Arms Race

Army-McCarthy Hearings

Arts, Fine

Arts Funding, Government

Asian American Groups

Atomic Weapons Testing

Atoms for Peace

Attica Prison Riot

Automobile Culture

Automobile Industry

Baby Bells

Baby Boom

Baker (Bobby) Affair

Bakke Decision (1978)

Ban the Bomb Movement

Banking and Credit

Baruch Plan

Baseball

Basketball

Bay of Pigs

Beauty, Fashion, and Cosmetics

Beirut Bombings

Berlin Airlift

Berlin Wall

Bicentennial Celebrations

Billygate

Birmingham Church Bombing

Birth Control

Bitburg, Reagan Visit to

Black Muslims

Black Panthers

Black Power Movement

Blackouts, Electrical

Blue-Collar Workers

Boland Amendments

Bork Nomination

Bosnia Intervention

Boston Strangler Murders

Boxing

Bracero Program

Brady Bill

Brawley (Tawana) Affair

Bricker Amendment

Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

Busing

Camp David Accords

Campaign Finance

Canada, Relations with

Capital Punishment

Caribbean, Relations with (Except Cuba)

Carter Doctrine

Catonsville Nine

Censorship

Central America, Relations with

Central Intelligence Agency

Central Park Jogger

Central Treaty Organization

Chappaquiddick Affair

Checkers Speech

Chessman (Caryl) Affair

Child Rearing

China and Taiwan, Relations with

Christian Coalition

Christian Right

Church Committee Hearings

Citadel Affair

Civil Liberties

Civil Rights Act of 1964

Civil Rights Legislation and Policy

Civil Rights Movement, Through 1965

Civil Rights Movement and Black Power, After 1965

Classical Music

Club of Rome Report

College Sports

Columbia University Protest

Comic Books

Comic Strips

Committee to Re-elect the President

Common Cause

Communications Technologies

Community Action Program

Community Reinvestment Act

Comprehensive Employment and Training Act

Computers

Congress

Congress of Racial Equality

Congressional Black Caucus

Consciousness Raising

Conservatism

Conspiracy Theories

Constitutional Amendments

Consumer Culture

Consumer Movement

Containment

Corporate Consolidation

Counterculture

Country and Western Music

Courts

Crack (Cocaine) Epidemic

Credibility Gap

Crime, Juvenile

Crime, Organized

Crime, Property

Crime, Sexual

Crime, Violent

Criminal Law and Punishment

Cuba, Relations with

Cuban Missile Crisis

Cults

Dalkon Shield Controversy

Dance

Dance, Popular

Day Care

Death and Dying

Defense Spending and Defense Industry

Delaney Clause

Democratic Party

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Diet and Food

Disabled Americans

Disco

Displaced Persons Act

Dixiecrats

Dominican Republic Invasion

Domino Theory

Donora (Pennsylvania) Smog Episode

Downsizing, Corporate

Draft, Military

Drug Culture

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs

Eagleton (Thomas) Affair

Earth Day

Eastern Europe, Relations with

Economic Policy

Education, Department of

Education, Elementary and Secondary

Education, Government Policy and

Education, Higher

Eisenhower Doctrine

Election of 1946

Election of 1948

Election of 1952

Election of 1956

Election of 1960

Election of 1964

Election of 1968

Election of 1972

Election of 1976

Election of 1980

Election of 1984

Election of 1988

Election of 1992

Election of 1994

Election of 1996

Election of 2000

Election of 2004

Election of 2006

Election of 2008

Electronics Industry

Emily’s List

Employment Act of 1946

Encounter Groups

Endangered Species Act

Enemies List

Energy

Energy, Department of

Engel v. Vitale (1962)

Enron Bankruptcy

Enterprise Zones

Environmental Protection Agency

Environmentalism

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Equal Pay Act

Ethnic Studies Programs

Evangelical Christianity

Extreme Sports

Exxon Valdez Disaster

Fads

Fair Deal

Fair Packaging and Labeling Act

Fairness Doctrine

Family

Family Assistance Plan

Family Leave Act

Family Support Act

Family Values

Federal Election Campaign Act

Feminist Movement

Filibuster

Film, Documentary

Film, Feature

Film, Independent

Folk Music

Food for Peace Program

Football

Foreign Aid

Formosa Resolution

Freedom of Information Act

Freedom Riders

Freedom Schools

Fulbright Act

Furman v. Georgia (1972)

Gambling

Gay and Lesbian Politics and Culture

Gemini, Project

Generation X

Genetics

G.I. Bill

Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)

Global Warming

Globalization

Goetz (Bernhard) Incident

Golf

GonzÁlez (EliÁn) Affair

Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act

Gray Panthers

Green Berets

Greensboro Massacre

Grenada Invasion

Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Gulf War

Gun Control

Haiti Incursion

Happenings

Hare Krishnas

Hart (Gary) Affair

Head Start Program

Health and Fitness

Health and Human Services, Department of

Health Care

Hearst (Patty) Kidnapping

Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States (1964)

Hells Angels

Helsinki Accords

Hijackings

Hiss (Alger) Case

Hobbies

Hollywood Ten

Homeland Security, Department of

Hoover Commission

Horton (Willie) Ads

Hotline, U.S.-Soviet

House Committee on Un-American Activities

Housing

Howard Beach Murder

Hughes (Howard) Hoax

Ice Hockey

Immigration

Impeachment of President Clinton

Inner Cities

Insider Trading Scandals

International Geophysical Year

International Institutions

Internet

Iran-Contra Affair

Iran Hostage Crisis

Iraq War

Islam

Israel, Relations with

ITT Affair

Jackson State Killings

Japan, Relations with

Jazz

Jet Set

Jewish Defense League

Job Corps

John Birch Society

Jonestown Massacre

Judaism

Junk Bonds

“Just Say No” Campaign

Kennan’s Long Telegram

Kennedy (John F.) Assassination

Kent State Shootings

Kerner Report

Keynesian Economics

Kinsey Reports

Kitchen Debate

Korea (North and South), Relations with

Korean Airlines Flight 007

Korean War

Kosovo Intervention

Lance (Bert) Affair

Landrum-Griffin Act

Latino and Caribbean Peoples (Except Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans)

Legionnaires’ Disease

Liberalism

Literature, Fiction

Literature, Nonfiction

Little Rock School Desegregation Crisis

Love Canal

Love-Ins

Loving v. Virginia (1967)

Magnet Schools

Manson Murders

March on Washington

Mariel Boatlift

Marshall Plan

Mass Transit

Masters and Johnson Studies

Mayaguez Incident

McCarran Act

McCarran-Walter Immigration Act

McClellan Committee

Media and Politics

Medicare and Medicaid

Medicine

Mental Health

Mercury, Project

Mexican Americans

Mexico, Relations with

Middle East, Relations with (Except Israel)

Military Assistance Advisory Groups, U.S.

Military-Industrial Complex

Miller v. California (1973)

Million Man March

Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

Misery Index

Missile Gap

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Mississippi Summer Project

Model Cities Program

Montgomery Bus Boycott

Moon Landing

Moonies (Unificationists)

MOVE!

Moynihan Report

Multiculturalism

Mumia Abu-Jamal Case

Music Videos

Mutual Assured Destruction

MX Missiles

My Lai Massacre

Nannygate

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA

National Defense Education Act

National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities

National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam

National Organization for Women

National Security Act of 1947

National Security Policy and Agencies

National Women’s Conference

Native Americans

Natural Disasters and Disaster Management

Nautilus

Neutron Bomb

New Age and Eastern Religions

New Federalism

New Frontier

New Left

New York City Financial Bailout

Newspapers and Magazines

Nixon Doctrine

North American Free Trade Agreement

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Nuremberg Trials

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Office of Economic Opportunity

Office of Management and Budget

Offshore Oil Drilling

Oklahoma City Bombing

Olympics

Open Skies Program

Operation Bootstrap

Oppenheimer (J. Robert) Affair

Organization of American States

Ozone Depletion

Panama Canal Treaties

Panama Invasion

Payola Scandal

Peace and Freedom Party

Peace Corps

Pensions, Private

Pentagon Papers

People United to Save Humanity

Photography

Pike Committee

Planetary Exploration

Plastics

Poetry

Political Correctness

Poor People’s Campaign

Pornography

Port Huron Statement

Postal Reorganization Act

Poverty

Presidency

Progressive Party, 1948

Promise Keepers

Propaganda, U.S.

Proposition 13

Psychiatry

Pueblo Incident

Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans

Quemoy and Matsu Incident

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

Radio

Rainbow Coalition

Rap and Hip-Hop

Rat Pack

Reaganomics

Redlining

Regulation and Deregulation

Reproductive Technologies

Republican Party

Rhythm and Blues

Right to Die Movement

Rio Pact

Riots, Race

Robotics

Rock and Roll

Roe v. Wade (1973)

Roman Catholicism

Rosenberg Case

Ruby Ridge Shooting

Rural America

Rust Belt

Satellites

Saturday Night Massacre

Scarsdale Diet Murder

School Shootings

Science, Government Policy on

Self-Awareness Movements

Selma March

Seniors

September 11 Attacks

Service Industries

Service-Sector Workers

Sexual Revolution

Silkwood Case

Simpson (O.J.) Trial

Sit-Ins, Civil Rights

Skylab

Social Security

Somalia Intervention

Son of Sam Murders

South America, Relations with

South Asia, Relations with

Southeast Asia, Relations with

Southeast Asia Treaty Organization

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Southern Manifesto

Southern Strategy

Soviet Union/Russia, Relations with

Space Shuttle

Spies and Spying

Sports, Participatory

Sports Broadcasting

St. Lawrence Seaway

Stagflation

Stark Incident

States’ Rights

Steel Industry

Stock Market Crash of 1987

Stonewall Riots

Strategic Air Command

Strategic Arms Treaties

Strategic Defense Initiative

Streaking

Strikes

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

Students for a Democratic Society

Sub-Saharan Africa, Relations with

Suburbia

Suez Crisis

Sun Belt

Supply-Side Economics

Surfing

Swine Flu

Symbionese Liberation Army

Synanon

Taft-Hartley Act

Tailhook Scandal

Teach-Ins

Teenagers

Television

Tennis

Terrorism, Domestic

Terrorism, Foreign

Test-Tube Babies

Tet Offensive

Thalidomide

Theater

Theme Parks

Third Parties

Thomas (Clarence) Hearings

Three Mile Island Disaster

Thresher Disaster

Till (Emmett) Lynching

Tobacco and Tobacco Industry

Tort Law

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Tranquilizers

Transcendental Meditation

Transportation

Travelgate

Truman Doctrine

Truth-in-Lending Act

Tylenol Tampering Incident

U-2 Incident

Unabomber Affair

Unemployment

Unidentified Flying Objects

Unions

United Nations, Relations with

Urban Renewal

Vesco (Robert) Affair

Vietnam War

Vincennes Incident

Violence, Political

Voice of America

Volunteers in Service to America

Voting Issues

Voting Rights Act

Waco Incident

Wall Street

War on Poverty

War Powers Act

Warren Commission

Water Pollution and Water Pollution Policy

Watergate

Weapons, Nuclear

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Weathermen

Welfare and Public Assistance

Western Europe, Relations with

White Citizens’ Councils

White Ethnics

White Supremacist Groups

White-Collar Workers

Whitewater Scandal

Wildlife and Wilderness

Women and Work

Women’s Studies

Woodstock Music Festival

World’s Fairs

Wounded Knee

X Article

Yippies

Young Americans for Freedom

Zero Population Growth

Cultural Landmarks

The Forties and Fifties

The Sixties

The Seventies

The Eighties

The Nineties to the Present

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