Defining Documents in American History: Postwar 1940s (1945-1950)

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1 Volume
400 Pages
40 Essays
40 Primary Source Documents
40 Readers’ Guides
Photos, Maps & Time Line
General Bibliography & Subject Index
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Defining Documents

The following titles make up the entire Defining Documents series:

Exploration and Colonial America (1492-1755)

The American Revolution (1754-1805)

Manifest Destiny & the New Nation (1803-1859)
The American West (1836-1900)
Civil War  (1860-1896)
Reconstruction & Development of the Industrial United States  (1865-1880)
The Emergence of Modern America (1868-1918)
World War I (1914-1920)
The 20s (1920-1929)
The 30s (1930-1939)
World War II (1936-1946)
Post-War 1940s (1945-1949)

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June 2015 · 1 volume · 400 pages · 8"x10"

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Defining Documents in American History:
Postwar 1940s (1945-1950)
This collection will introduce students and educators to a diverse range of genres, including journals, letters, speeches, government legislation, and court opinions. Documents represent the diversity of ideas and contexts that define social, political and cultural subjects throughout American history.

Defining Documents in American History: Post War 1940s contains 40 primary source documents that provide a compelling view of documents produced from 1945-1950, following the close of World War II. This unique era in American history is one characterized by increased economic prosperity and a great expansion of the role played by the United States in world affairs. The establishment of the United Nations in 1945 brought hope that a new and better world would emerge from the ashes of World War II. The end of the war was followed by a rapid demobilization of the armed forces, but it also brought shortages in housing, an inflationary trend in the economy, conflicts between labor and management, and the emergence of a new “red scare” wherein innocent citizens and government officials alike were persecuted for their alleged ties to communist organizations.

Defining Documents in American History: Post War 1940s provides detailed analysis of a wide array of topics, including:

War Crimes and Tribunals
The New World Order
American Alliances
Atomic Policy
The Red Scare
Domestic Affairs
The Rise of Civil Rights


This collection will introduce students and educators to a diverse range of genres, including journals, letters, speeches, government legislation, and court opinions. Documents represent the diversity of ideas and contexts that define social, political and cultural subjects throughout American history.