"A significant contribution to our understanding of America during a pivotal decade in American history. Dunar masterfully illuminates the key political, diplomatic, military, and social developments of the decade and persuasively explains their intricate connections and lasting consequences."—William A. Taylor, assistant professor of security studies, Angelo State University, Texas
"A good choice for instructors—or general readers—looking for a condensed history of the US during the 1910s. . . . Recommended."—Choice
"In America in the Teens, Dunar and his editors have succeeded in accomplishing what they set out to do. This book is an engaging narrative history of a pivotal decade that will serve as an excellent textbook in courses on early twentieth-century American history."—The Journal of American Culture
In the latest addition to the America in the Twentieth Century series, Dunar provides a sweeping account of the twentieth century’s second decade. Beginning with the social, political, and economic circumstances in the United States in 1910, America in the Teens presents the themes and pivotal events that shaped America during this tumultuous period. The election of 1912, World War I, social change in the late Progressive Era, the influence of war on women and minorities, and changes in the motion picture industry are among the many is-sues covered in this eminently readable, concise text.
Dunar traces the development of a vibrant society during a time of enormous change and explores the ways in which Americans reacted. World War I brought our nation to the forefront of the world’s great powers but also provoked divisions that Americans would confront through the twentieth century and beyond: racial tensions, immigration issues, and labor-management disputes. At the same time, there were progressive triumphs: women earned the right to vote; American industry made great strides, symbolized by the mass production of Henry Ford’s automobiles; and American cinema and jazz enjoyed international acclaim. Combining an engrossing narrative with intelligent analysis, America in the Teens enriches our understanding of that critical era.
Andrew J. Dunar is professor emeritus of history at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His books include The Truman Scandals and the Politics of Morality and America in the Fifties.
6 x 9, 320 pages, 10 black and white illustrations