Defining Documents in American History: The Cold War (1945-1991)

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2 Volumes
800 Pages
40 Essays
40 Primary Source Documents
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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)
Vietnam War (1956-1975)
Environment & Conservation (1872-2015)
Civil Rights (1954-2015)

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June 2016 · 2 volumes · 800 pages · 8"x10"

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Defining Documents in American History:
The Cold War (1945-1991)
Defining Documents in American History: The Cold War offers in-depth analysis of a broad range of historical documents and historic events related to the Cold War era, starting with Potsdam Accords in 1945 at the end of World War II and Chuchill's famous Iron Curtain speech in 1946. This two volume set closely studies more than eighty primary source documents and delivers a thorough examination of the Cold War and its effect on the U.S. from 1945 to 1991.

The 1950s and 60s saw the United States struggling to deal with fears related to Communism, starting with the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to the Kenndy's handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The McCarthy era "witch hunts" and testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee define the Red Scare in the United States. An era of negotiation that led to detente and de-escalation of the Cold War began with the brinksmanship of the Able Archer exercises and ended with the opening of the Berling Wall.

Defining Documents in American History: The Cold War is organized under four broad categories:

Post-War Cold War - an examination of the events following World War II that led to the Cold War
Red Scare - from loyalty screenings to the Senate's censure of Joseph McCarthy
Escalation and Detente - the downing of a U2 spy plane to SALT II
End Game - starting with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and ending with Gorbachev's farewell address.

An historical timeline and bibliography of important supplemental readings will support readers in understanding the broader historical events and subjects in the period. An introduction for each of the major subjects covered in the title considers the significance of document analysis for students and educators.

Each in-depth chapter guides readers with historical insight and comprehension. The documents included represent the diversity of ideas and contexts that defined social, political, and cultural subjects throughout this period in American history.

Defining Documents consists of a collection of essays on important historical documents by a diverse range of writers on a broad range of subjects in American history. The series offers a broad range of historical documents on important authors and subjects in American history, with primary source documents, in-depth analysis, and comprehensive lesson plans that represent the diversity of ideas and contexts that define social, political and cultural subjects throughout American history. The Defining Documents series is perfect for students, those researching a particular era, or anyone interested in American History since 1492.

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