American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century by Martin Halliwell, Catherine Morley

By Martin Halliwell, Catherine Morley

Will the twenty-first century be the subsequent American Century? Will American energy and concepts dominate the globe within the coming years? Or is the status of the U.S. prone to fall apart underneath the strain of recent overseas challenges?This ground-breaking e-book explores the altering styles of yank notion and tradition on the sunrise of the hot millennium, whilst the world's richest state hasn't ever been extra strong or extra debatable. It brings jointly probably the most eminent North American and eu thinkers to enquire the the most important matters and demanding situations dealing with the us throughout the early years of our new century.From the subterranean political shifts underneath the electoral panorama to the newest biomedical advances, from the literary reaction to 11th of September to the increase of fact tv, this e-book explores the political, social and cultural contours of latest American existence - however it additionally locations the USA inside an international narrative of trade, cultural trade, foreign international relations, ideological clash and battle. those eighteen new essays tackle such urgent matters as management, international coverage, propaganda, faith, well-being, expertise, immigration, 9-11 tradition and electronic media. looking for the roots of our modern matters, the authors glance again to the Clinton years or even past classes of twentieth-century American lifestyles. yet in addition they look ahead to the recent horizons of the century to return - to the unanticipated risks of a world destiny and to the hovering probabilities of American company and mind's eye.

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Roosevelt had been attacked in just as fierce terms as those used to describe George W. Bush, while the ferocity of political campaigning in the nineteenth century would make even many modern consultants blanch. In fact, a glance at the platforms of both parties since the 1990s suggests remarkably little difference, and journalists reporting on the presidential debates of 2000 and even 2004, when passions were said to be higher than ever, often complained that there was little to choose between the two adversaries.

The Search for America (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1959), p. vii. 32. , p. viii. 33. Michael Kazin and Joseph A. McCartin (eds), Americanism: New Perspectives on the History of an Ideal (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006), p. 12. 17 PART 1 POLITICS 1. AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE 1990s AND 2000s Dominic Sandbrook On 11 June 2004, the American people bade farewell to President Ronald Reagan with a day of mourning on a scale not seen for 30 years. For Reagan’s funeral, the first such state occasion since the death of Lyndon Johnson in 1973, the nation appeared united in grief.

The domestic and international politics of the pre-1989 era combined to create a ‘heroic’ model, in particular, of presidential leadership. The ‘imperial presidency’ of Richard Nixon (1969–74) and the defeat in Vietnam had, it is true, produced a reaction to various excesses and abuses of presidential authority. The presidency of Jimmy Carter (1977–81) was, at some level, an antidote to the heroic presidential model. Yet the conditions of the Cold War – high levels of defence mobilisation, ever-present nuclear threat, prolonged invocation of crisis – invited enhanced executive power.

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