The Gifted Generation

The Gifted Generation

When Government Was Good

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"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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
Multiscript Copyrightdate: †2017
ISBN: 9781620400883
Branch Call Number: 320.97309 G567G 2017
Characteristics: viii, 534 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: When government was good


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