Updated Edition Politics and Society in Modern America – Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America

Immigration policy--a process that profoundly shaped ideas and practices about citizenship, race, and state authority in the twentieth century. This book traces the origins of the "illegal alien" in American law and society, explaining why and how illegal migration became the central problem in U. S. She shows that immigration restriction, particularly national-origin and numerical quotas, remapped America both by creating new categories of racial difference and by emphasizing as never before the nation's contiguous land borders and their patrol.

Mae ngai offers a close reading of the legal regime of restriction that commenced in the 1920s--its statutory architecture, differential treatment of European and non-European migrants, judicial genealogies, administrative enforcement, and long-term effects. Princeton University Press.

A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920

Ironically, the progressive movement helped reestablish the power of conservatism and ensured that America would never be wholly liberal or conservative for generations to come. Michael mcgerr's a fierce discontent recreates a time of unprecedented turbulence and unending fascination, showing the first American middle-class revolution.

This explosive change was accompanied by extraordinary public-spiritedness as reformers--frightened by class conflict and the breakdown of gender relations--abandoned their traditional faith in individualism and embarked on a crusade to remake other Americans in their own image. Just three decades later, America was utterly transformed into a diverse, urban, leisure-obsessed, affluent, teeming multitude.

These colorful, ambitious battles changed the face of American culture and politics and established the modern liberal pledge to use government power in the name of broad social good. Before the progressive era most americans lived on farms, working from before sunrise to after sundown every day except Sunday with tools that had changed very little for centuries.

But the progressives, unable to deliver on all of their promises, soon discovered that Americans retained a powerful commitment to individual freedom. The progressives redefined the role of women, banned the sale of alcohol, revolutionized marriage, rewrote the rules of politics, and eventually whipped the nation into a frenzy for joining World War I.

With america's current and ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor and the constant threat of the disappearance of the middle class, the Progressive Era stands out as a time when the middle class had enough influence on the country to start its own revolution.

Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente

Though reflecting traditional balance of power considerations, detente thus also developed from a common urge for stability among leaders who by the late 1960s were worried about increasingly threatening domestic social activism. In the early part of the decade, Cold War pressures simultaneously inspired activists and constrained leaders; within a few years activism turned revolutionary on a global scale.

Suri examines the decade through leaders and protesters on three continents, including Mao Zedong, Charles de Gaulle, Martin Luther King Jr. Daniel cohn-Bendit, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Used book in Good Condition. Profoundly disturbed by increasing social and political discontent, Cold War powers united on the international front, in the policy of detente.

In a brilliantly conceived book, jeremi Suri puts the tumultuous 1960s into a truly international perspective in the first study to examine the connections between great power diplomacy and global social protest. He describes connections between policy and protest from the Berkeley riots to the Prague Spring, from the Paris strikes to massive unrest in Wuhan, China.

Designed to protect the existing political order and repress movements for change, detente gradually isolated politics from the public. The growth of distrust and disillusion in nearly every society left a lasting legacy of global unrest, fragmentation, and unprecedented public skepticism toward authority.


The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America Politics and Society in Modern America

Social, and legal history at their most compelling, The Straight State explores how regulation transformed the regulated: in drawing boundaries around national citizenship, political, the state helped to define the very meaning of homosexuality in America. The straight state is the most expansive study of the federal regulation of homosexuality yet written.

Unearthing startling new evidence from the National Archives, Margot Canaday shows how the state systematically came to penalize homosexuality, giving rise to a regime of second-class citizenship that sexual minorities still live under today. Used book in Good Condition. She begins at the turn of the twentieth century when the state first stumbled upon evidence of sex and gender nonconformity, revealing how homosexuality was policed indirectly through the exclusion of sexually "degenerate" immigrants and other regulatory measures aimed at combating poverty, violence, and vice.

. Canaday looks at three key arenas of government control--immigration, the military, and welfare--and demonstrates how federal enforcement of sexual norms emerged with the rise of the modern bureaucratic state. Midcentury repression was not a sudden response to newly visible gay subcultures, Canaday demonstrates, but the culmination of a much longer and slower process of state-building during which the state came to know and to care about homosexuality across many decades.

Princeton University Press. Canaday argues that the state's gradual awareness of homosexuality intensified during the later New Deal and through the postwar period as policies were enacted that explicitly used homosexuality to define who could enter the country, serve in the military, and collect state benefits.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt

No president since the founders has done more to shape the character of American government, " notes Alan Brinkley in this magnificent biography of America's thirty-second president. Franklin delano roosevelt led the United States through the worst economic crisis in the nation's history and through the greatest and most terrible war ever recorded.

In a vivid narrative packed with telling anecdotes, his brief law career, the book moves swiftly from Roosevelt's youth in upstate New York--characterized by an aristocratic lifestyle of trips to Europe and private tutoring--to his schooling at Harvard, and his initial entry into politics. And at times, it helped him excoriate his enemies, and to revel in doing so.

This brilliant, compact biography chronicles franklin Delano Roosevelt's rise from a childhood of privilege to a presidency that forever changed the face of international diplomacy, the American party system, and the government's role in global and domestic policy. From there, brinkley chronicles roosevelt's rise to the presidency, a position in which FDR remained until death, through an unparalleled three-plus terms in office.

And no president since Lincoln has served through darker or more difficult times. It triggered his almost uncanny ability to communicate effectively with people of all kinds. Princeton University Press. Brinkley, the national book award-winning New Deal historian, provides a clear, concise introduction to Roosevelt's sphinx-like character and remarkable achievements.

A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration

Used book in Good Condition. Princeton University Press. He offers a new framework--looking out from slavery--to understand twentieth-century forms of black political consciousness as well as emerging battles for civil rights. At the same time, hahn asks us to think in more expansive ways about the nature and boundaries of politics and political practice.

Emphasizing the importance of kinship, and networks of communication, labor, A Nation under Our Feet explores the political relations and sensibilities that developed under slavery and shows how they set the stage for grassroots mobilization. It is a powerful story, told here for the first time, and one that presents both an inspiring and a troubling perspective on American democracy.

This is the epic story of how African-Americans, in the six decades following slavery, transformed themselves into a political people--an embryonic black nation. As steven hahn demonstrates, emancipation, rural African-Americans were central political actors in the great events of disunion, and nation-building.

. Hahn introduces us to local leaders, defended, and shows how political communities were built, and rebuilt. Used book in Good Condition. He also identifies the quest for self-governance as an essential goal of black politics across the rural South, and, eventually, biracial electoral alliances, from contests for local power during Reconstruction, to emigrationism, social separatism, migration.

Hahn suggests that garveyism and other popular forms of black nationalism absorbed and elaborated these earlier struggles, thus linking the first generation of migrants to the urban North with those who remained in the South.

Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refugees

University of California Press. At the same time, the book moves decisively away from the “damage-centered” approach that pathologizes loss and trauma by detailing how first- and second-generation Vietnamese have created alternative memories and epistemologies that challenge the established public narratives of the Vietnam War and Vietnamese people.

Body counts: the vietnam war and militarized refugees examines how the Vietnam War has continued to serve as a stage for the shoring up of American imperialist adventure and for the reproduction of American and Vietnamese American identities. Focusing on the politics of war memory and commemoration, memory, and refugee studies not around the narratives of American exceptionalism, Asian American studies, and transnationalism but around the crucial issues of war, race, and power and refashions the fields of American studies, immigration, this book retheorizes the connections among history, and violence―and the history and memories that are forged in the aftermath of war.

Princeton University Press. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Explicitly interdisciplinary, cultural, and virtual evidence in order to illuminate the places where Vietnamese refugees have managed to conjure up social, ethnographic, Body Counts moves between the humanities and social sciences, public, drawing on historical, and collective remembering.


Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution

University of California Press. These graceful essays, written by one of America's leading historians, offer fresh and unusual perspectives on both. Battle cry of freedom, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, his Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Civil War, in The New York Times Book Review, called "history writing of the highest order.

In that volume, the political, mcPherson gathered in the broad sweep of events, social, and cultural forces at work during the Civil War era. Abraham lincoln and the Second American Revolution. He explores the importance of lincoln's great rhetorical skills, uncovering how--through parables and figurative language--he was uniquely able to communicate both the purpose of the war and a new meaning of liberty to the people of the North.

Used book in Good Condition. Princeton University Press. Now, in abraham lincoln and the second american Revolution, he offers a series of thoughtful and engaging essays on aspects of Lincoln and the war that have rarely been discussed in depth. Mcpherson again displays his keen insight and sterling prose as he examines several critical themes in American history.

In another section, but radically altered the balance of power in america, describing how the republican Congress elected in 1860 passed an astonishing blitz of new laws rivaling the first hundred days of the New Deal, and how the war not only destroyed the social structure of the old South, McPherson examines the Civil War as a Second American Revolution, ending 70 years of Southern power in the national government.

The civil war was the single most transforming and defining experience in American history, and Abraham Lincoln remains the most important figure in the pantheon of our mythology. Used book in Good Condition.

Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy

Why, are americans so afraid-and where does this fear lead to?In this remarkable work of social history, then, Elaine Tyler May demonstrates how our obsession with security has made citizens fear each other and distrust the government, making America less safe and less democratic. Instead of a thriving democracy of engaged citizens, bunkered, we have become a paranoid, militarized, and divided vigilante nation.

Basic. Used book in Good Condition. University of California Press. Abraham lincoln and the Second American Revolution. And yet, crime rates have plummeted, making life in America safer than ever. Princeton University Press. An award-winning historian untangles the roots of america's culture of fear, and argues that it imperils our democracyFor the last sixty years, fear has seeped into every area of American life: Americans own more guns than citizens of any other country, sequester themselves in gated communities, and retreat from public spaces.

Used book in Good Condition. Fortress america charts the rise of a muscular national culture, undercutting the common good.

Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race

America’s racial odyssey is the subject of this remarkable work of historical imagination. University of California Press. Used book in Good Condition. Abraham lincoln and the Second American Revolution. In ever-changing racial categories we glimpse the competing theories of history and collective destiny by which power has been organized and contested in the United States.

He provides a counter-history of how nationality groups such as the Irish or Greeks became Americans as racial groups like Celts or Mediterraneans became Caucasian. Jacobson tracks race as a conception and perception, emphasizing the importance of knowing not only how we label one another but also how we see one another, and how that racialized vision has largely been transformed in this century.

Used book in Good Condition. Basic. Matthew frye jacobson argues that race resides not in nature but in the contingencies of politics and culture. The stages of racial formation―race as formed in conquest, segregation, and labor migration―are all part of the complex, and now counterintuitive, enslavement, imperialism, history of race.

Princeton University Press. Used book in Good Condition. Capturing the excitement of the new field of “whiteness studies” and linking it to traditional historical inquiry, Jacobson shows that in this nation of immigrants “race” has been at the core of civic assimilation: ethnic minorities in becoming American were re-racialized to become Caucasian.

Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol American Crossroads

Basic. And Mexican archives. This is the untold history of the united States Border Patrol from its beginnings in 1924 as a small peripheral outfit to its emergence as a large professional police force. Princeton University Press. University of California Press. University of California Press. Used book in Good Condition.

Abraham lincoln and the Second American Revolution. To tell this story, closets, kelly lytle Hernández dug through a gold mine of lost and unseen records stored in garages, an abandoned factory, and in U. S. Focusing on the daily challenges of policing the borderlands and bringing to light unexpected partners and forgotten dynamics, Migra! reveals how the U.

S. Border patrol translated the mandate for comprehensive migration control into a project of policing Mexicans in the U. S. Mexico borderlands. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition.