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The gifted generation: when government was good

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Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc,
Pub. Date:
2017.
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English
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A sweeping and path-breaking history of the post World War II decades, during which an activist federal government guided the country toward the first real flowering of the American Dream. In The Gifted Generation , historian David Goldfield examines the generation immediately after World War II and argues that the federal government was instrumental in the great economic, social, and environmental progress of the era. Following the sacrifices of the Greatest Generation, the returning vets and their children took the unprecedented economic growth and federal activism to new heights. This generation was led by presidents who believed in the commonwealth ideal- the belief that federal legislation, by encouraging individual opportunity, would result in the betterment of the entire nation. In the years after the war, these presidents created an outpouring of federal legislation that changed how and where people lived, their access to higher education, and their stewardship of the environment. They also spearheaded historic efforts to level the playing field for minorities, women and immigrants. But this dynamic did not last, and Goldfield shows how the shrinking of the federal government shut subsequent generations off from those gifts. David Goldfield brings this unprecedented surge in American legislative and cultural history to life as he explores the presidencies of Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Lyndon Baines Johnson. He brilliantly shows how the nation 's leaders persevered to create the conditions for the most gifted generation in U.S. history.
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display_description A history of the post-World War II decades traces the efforts of an activist federal government to guide the U.S. toward a realization of the American Dream, exploring the era's unprecedented economic, social, and environmental growth. --Publisher. "In The Gifted Generation, a fresh interpretation of post-World War II America, historian David Goldfield examines the generation immediately after the war. He argues that the federal government was instrumental in the great economic, social, and environmental progress of the era. Following the sacrifices of the Greatest Generation, the returning vets and their children took the unprecedented economic growth and federal activism to new heights. This generation was led by presidents who believed in the commonwealth ideal: that federal legislation, by encouraging individual opportunity, would result in the betterment of the entire nation. In the years after the war, these presidents created an outpouring of federal legislation that changed how and where people lived, their access to higher education, and their stewardship of the environment. They also spearheaded historic efforts to level the playing field for minorities, women and immigrants. But this dynamic did not last, and Goldfield shows how the shrinking and redirection of federal policy limited the opportunities of subsequent generations. David Goldfield brings this unprecedented surge in American legislative and cultural history to life as he explores the presidencies of Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Lyndon Baines Johnson and the lives of ordinary Americans. He brilliantly shows how the nation's leaders persevered to create the conditions for the most gifted generation in U.S. history."--Dust jacket flap.
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subject_facet Baby boom generation -- Attitudes, Federal government -- United States -- Public opinion, History / Social History, History / United States / 20th Century, Law / Government / Federal, Public investments -- United States -- Public opinion, Public opinion -- United States, Social change -- United States -- History -- 20th century, United States -- History -- 1945-, United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989, United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-, United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
title_display The gifted generation : when government was good
title_full The gifted generation : when government was good / David Goldfield
title_short The gifted generation :
title_sub when government was good
topic_facet Attitudes, Baby boom generation, Federal government, History, History / Social History, History / United States / 20th Century, Law / Government / Federal, Politics and government, Public investments, Public opinion, Social change, Social conditions