A Companion to 20th-Century America by Stephen J. Whitfield

By Stephen J. Whitfield

A better half to 20th-Century the United States is an authoritative survey of an important subject matters and subject matters of twentieth-century American heritage and historiography.

  • Contains 29 unique essays by way of top students, each one assessing the prior and present nation of yank scholarship
  • Includes thematic essays protecting themes corresponding to faith, ethnicity, conservatism, international coverage, and the media, in addition to essays masking significant time sessions
  • Identifies and discusses the main influential literature within the box, and indicates new avenues of analysis, because the century has interested in a close

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B. DuBois and other black leaders. Eager to prove their equality and patriotism, African-American troops found themselves in segregated units with white officers and relegated to menial chores like unloading ships or burying the dead. Yet they also had a taste of racial equality in France, courtesy of hospitable civilians who did not share white American attitudes toward race (Barbeau and Henri 1974). For these reasons, black veterans came home from the Great War determined to defend their communities and to make their own country safe for democracy.

With the campaign slogan ‘‘He Kept Us Out of War,’’ he eked out a narrow victory in 1916. Claiming a new mandate from the American people, Wilson tried to mediate a settlement to the war still raging in Europe. ’’ Wilson offered to help negotiate an armistice based on a return to prewar borders with no punishments for either side. Only a peace among equals could prevent a war for revenge in the future, he warned. Wilson also offered his vision of a new world order based on democracy, disarmament, and free trade that he hoped would emerge from the ashes of war.

But African Americans of both sexes were still unable to vote in the South because of disfranchisement laws unaffected by the Nineteenth Amendment (Keyssar 2000; Perman 2001). Back to Normalcy President Wilson called on the American people to treat the 1920 election as ‘‘a great and solemn referendum’’ on US membership in the League of Nations (quoted in Clements 1987: 220). He hoped that the two parties would take clear stands on the issue so that Americans would have a chance to vote on it directly.

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