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  • In search of the American Dream: the USA,c1917–96
    • The changing political environment, 1917–80
      • A changing presidency
        • the rise and decline of Republicanism to 1933
        • the influence of Roosevelt
        • changing styles of presidential leadership, 1945–72
        • a decline in confidence, 1968–80
      • The impact of war on domestic politics
        • The reasons for a return to ‘normalcy’ and a commitment to isolationism, 1917–41
        • US emergence as a Cold War superpower from 1941
        • the impact of involvement in Korea and Vietnam
      • Influences on the political landscape
        • from rugged individualism to New Deal ideas in the 1920s and 30s
        • The Red Scares and anti-communism, 1917–80
        • Liberalism, counter-culture and the conservative reaction, 1960–80
    • The quest for civil rights, 1917–80
      • Black American civil rights, 1917–55
        • life in the South and the impact of northern migration, 1917–32
        • the impact of the New Deal, the Second World War and the Truman presidency
        • from legal challenge to direct action, 1917–55
      • Black American civil rights, 1955–80
        • changing patterns and approaches, 1955–68
        • including southern-based campaigning, the emergence of Black Power and King’s northern strategy
        • the impact of civil rights legislation: achievements and limits to success, 1955–80
      • The search for minority rights, 1960–80
        • achievements, and limits to success, of minority campaigns
        • the reasons for, and nature of, Native American and hispanic American campaigns
        • the emergence of the gay rights movement
    • Society and culture in change, 1917–80
      • The changing position of women, 1917–80
        • impact of the Roaring Twenties, Great Depression and New Deal on women
        • impact of the Second World War and suburban life, 1941–60
        • emergence of the women’s liberation movement, its achievements and limits to advancement, 1961–80
      • The impact of immigration, 1917–80
        • the nature of, and response to, immigration in the 1920s
        • the impact on urban life, 1919–41
        • the impact of the Second World War, government policy and its consequences, 1941–80
      • The influence of popular culture and news media
        • the social impact of cinema, popular music and radio, 1917–45
        • the social impact of television from the 1950s
        • the influence of broadcast news, 1920–80
    • The changing quality of life, 1917–80
      • The economic environment
        • boom, bust and recovery, 1917–41
        • the impact of the Second World War, post-war affluence and growth, 1941–69
        • the challenges of the 1970s
      • Changing living standards
        • fluctuations in the standard of living, 1917–41
        • the impact of the Second World War and the growth of a consumer society, 1941–60
        • the impact of antipoverty policies and economic divisions, 1961–80
      • Leisure and travel
        • the reasons for, and the impact of, increased leisure time, 1917–80
        • the growth of spectator sports
        • the development, and influence, of a car-owning culture and improved air travel
    • What impact did the Reagan presidency (1981–89) have on the USA in the years 1981–96?
      • The effect of Reagan’s economic policies
      • The extent to which ‘big government’ was reduced
      • The nature and extent of social change
      • The extent to which the presidency and US politics were revitalised

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