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The Unfinished Journey

America Since World War II

Eighth Edition

William H. Chafe

Publication Date - July 2014

ISBN: 9780199347995

672 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $84.99

This popular and classic text chronicles America's roller-coaster journey through the decades since World War II


Brilliantly written by a prize-winning historian, The Unfinished Journey, Eighth Edition, considers both the paradoxes and the possibilities of postwar America. William H. Chafe portrays the significant cultural and political themes that have colored our country's past and present, including issues of race, class, gender, foreign policy, and economic and social reform. He examines such subjects as the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the origins and the end of the Cold War, the culture of the 1970s, the rise of the New Right, the events of September 11th and their aftermath, and various presidencies.

New to this Edition

  • A revised discussion on President Kennedy, focusing particularly on his foreign policy with the Soviet Union and Cuba and his assassination
  • A detailed look at the impact of President Clinton's marriage on the politics of the 1990s
  • A new chapter on President Obama's administration, assessing his promises and the realities that he encountered

About the Author(s)

William H. Chafe is Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University. He is the author or coeditor of several books, including A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America, Eighth Edition (OUP, 2011) and The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2009 (OUP, 2009). He is a former president of the Organization of American Historians and his books have been recognized with the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (1981), the Sidney Hillman Book Award (1994), and the Lillian Smith Book Award (2003).

Previous Publication Date(s)

September 2010


"The Unfinished Journey has a strong narrative momentum, creating a desire to 'find out what happens next.'"--Jeffrey Crane, Sam Houston State University

"The Unfinished Journey offers a compelling and comprehensive narrative while also offering an analytical element missing in most textbooks."--Robyn Rosen, Marist College

Table of Contents

    1. The War Years
    2. Origins of the Cold War
    3. Truman and the Cold War
    4. "The Other Half of the Walnut"
    Social Reform and Activism in the Postwar Years
    5. The Paradox of Change
    American Society in the Postwar Years
    6. The Civil Rights Movement
    "The Gods Bring Threads to Webs Begun"
    7. John F. Kennedy
    The Reality and the Myth
    8. LBJ
    The Trial of Consensus
    9. Vietnam-The Early Years
    10. "Lyndon's War"
    11. Coming Apart at Home
    12. 1968
    13. "Bringing Us Together"
    14. An Era of Political Malaise
    15. A Divided Culture, a Divided Society
    16. The Reagan Years
    17. The 1990s
    A Referendum on the Post-World War II Years
    18. 2000 and Beyond
    19. Barack Obama
    A Utopian Vision Confronts Political Reality
    Bibliographical Essay

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