By Jean-Christophe Agnew, Roy Rosenzweig

A significant other to Post-1945 the United States is an unique choice of 34 essays via key students at the background and historiography of Post-1945 America.

  • Covers society and tradition, humans and routine, politics and international policy
  • Surveys and evaluates the simplest scholarship on each vital period and topic
  • Includes e-book evaluation part on crucial readings

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The most vocal critics of the War on Poverty, Frances Fox Piven 28 ROBERT O. SELF AND THOMAS J. SUGRUE and Richard Cloward (1971), viewed Johnson’s programs as an attempt to mollify black protest, while leaving the underlying problems of poverty and disfranchisement largely untouched. The left critique of the War on Poverty was quickly shunted to the margins by a coherent and increasingly popular conservative anti-welfare movement that grew in influence after the 1970s (Katz, 2001). Scholars and activists on the right, such as Charles Murray (1984) and Myron Magnet (1993), blamed the Great Society for the persistence of urban poverty and called for the complete elimination of federal anti-poverty programs.

This work and the new projects it has inspired synthesize urban social science research – on such topics as industrial location, demographic trends, and employment – and social history, particularly labor history. The second literature, influenced most sharply by Kenneth Jackson (1985), frames postwar suburbanization in terms of the growth of a state-subsidized middle class. Suburban development became a vehicle for accelerated and consolidated forms of middle-class consumption underwritten by an activist, liberal federal state.

Pattillo-McCoy considers the role of geography on the interaction of African Americans across the social structure. Spatial mobility – or its absence – she argues, has dangerously compromised the aspirations and competencies of black children who grow up in middle-class homes. As their numbers swelled after the 1960s, middleclass blacks began leaving the inner city much as white ethnics had done before and just after World War II. However, they could not get very far, as housing covenants and red-lining hemmed them into first-ring suburbs.

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