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America's History in the Making

Postwar Tension and Triumph

Unit Resources

Unit Reference Materials
Bird, Kai, and Martin J. Sherwin. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. New York: Vintage Books, 2006.
Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962.
Freeman, Martha E., ed. Always Rachel: The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 1952–1964. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995.
McClain, Sally. Navajo Weapon: The Navajo Code Talkers. Tucson, AZ: Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2001.
Nash, Gary B. Julie Roy Jeffrey, John R. Howe, Peter J. Frederick, Allen F. Davis, and Allan M. Winkler. The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society, 6th ed. New York: Pearson Education Inc., 2004. Reprinted by permission of Pearson Education, Inc.
U.S. National Security Council, April 14, 1968. NSC 68: United States Objectives and Programs for National Security, Federation of American Scientists, 1999.
Wood, Peter, Jacqueline Jones, Thomas Borstelmann, Elaine Tyler May, and Vicki Ruiz. Created Equal: A Social and Political History of the United States. New York: Pearson Education Inc., 2003. Reprinted by permission of Pearson Education, Inc.
Further Reading
Biondi, Martha. To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003.
Carson, Rachel. The Sea Around Us. New York: Oxford University Press, 1951.
Dower, John W. War Without Mercy: Race & Power in the Pacific War. New York: Pantheon Books/Random House, 1986.
Swerdlow, Amy. Women Strike for Peace: Traditional Motherhood and Radical Politics in the 1960’s. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.
Terkel, Studs. The Good War: An Oral History of World War II. New York: The New Press, 1984.
Zinn, Howard. The People's History of the United States. New York: Harper Perennial/Harper Collins Publishers, 1995.
National Center for History in the Schools Teaching Units Please note: This lesson may not be resold or redistributed.
Infinite Patience, Indomitable Will: Ralph Bunch and His Struggle for Peace and Justice (PDF)
Organization of American Historians: Talking History Radio Program
Atomic Bomb Cinema: A talk with historian Jerome Shapiro on the use of the Atomic Bomb as the central theme for movies. Shapiro is the resident Cinema Studies scholar at Hiroshima University in Japan.

March 13, 2000 air date
Listen Now: Real Audio 28.8

The program contains an op-ed by author Kevin Baker on a riot in New York City 100 years ago that involved Irish immigrants. Baker is the author of the historical novel Dreamland.

Cold War: A talk with professor Roger Kanet of the University of Miami, co-editor of the book The Cold War As Cooperation.

Jan. 15, 2001 air date
Listen Now: Real Audio 28.8

The program contains an op-ed by professor Robert Pace about whether college students today are any more wild than those of 150 years ago.

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