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Glossary Term – Person
Eugene McCarthy (1916–2005) was a little-known Minnesota senator until November 1967, when he challenged President Lyndon B. Johnson for the 1968 Democratic nomination for president. McCarthy’s candidacy centered on his opposition to the Vietnam War. Because Johnson was an incumbent, and McCarthy was not a nationally known figure, the challenge was not initially seen as a real threat to Johnson’s election. As public opposition to the war grew, however, McCarthy’s primary campaign gained more traction. In March 1968, Senator Robert F....
Glossary Term – Person
Betty Friedan (1921–2006), a leading feminist, published the landmark book The Feminine Mystique in 1963. Friedan graduated from Smith College in 1942 and was married in 1947. After ten years as a mother and a housewife, Friedan found herself frustrated by the confinement of her situation and lack of options as a woman. She studied the lives and dissatisfaction of American women and published her findings in The Feminine Mystique. The book was an instant success. In 1966 Friedan cofounded the National Organization for...
Glossary Term – Place
The Bay of Pigs (Bahia de Chochinos) was the landing spot for a tactical invasion of Cuba by exiles and American-sponsored mercenaries. The invasion was planned by the CIA and supported by President John F. Kennedy. It was a failure and humiliation for the United States in its fight against communism, Fidel Castro, and Cuba’s Soviet alliance.
Marc Dolan, an English and American Studies scholar at John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY), discusses his new book, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ’n’ Roll (W.W. Norton, 2012).
This online exhibition of letters and audio, created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Legacy Project, features correspondence from over 200 years of American conflicts, ranging from the Revolution to the war in Iraq. This exhibition uses the words of famous generals and lesser-known troops, as well as parents, sweethearts, and children, to explore such themes as leaving home, life in the military, the pride and worries of those left behind, and ultimate sacrifice.
The Cold War was more than the product of post-World War II tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union argues John Lewis Gaddis, Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University. Rather, it was the product of events extending all the way back to the 1830s, when Alexis de Tocqueville predicted that Russia and the United States would become the world's foremost powers. In this lecture, Gaddis examines U.S.-Soviet relations from the nineteenth century through the end of World War II, tracing the myriad causes of the Cold...
Professor of History and Social Justice and Department Head, Carnegie Mellon University
Professor Trotter talks about his recent book, Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh Since World War II.