THE AMERICAN PARADOX emphasizes political participation and popular culture in recent American history. This reader's main theme is the relationship of Americans to their government, for example, how Americans as a people remain skeptical of big government even as they expect it to facilitate large ... more
New primary sources focus on political participation, such as a 1966 statement from The National Committee of Negro Churchmen on Black Power and Rebecca Walker's 1992 essay, "The Third Wave."
Strong coverage of women--particularly their role in the rise of the New Left and in the development of Fem... more
Coverage of the 1960s includes separate chapters on the Great Society and Vietnam, bringing clarity to a chaotic decade.