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Modern America 1964-present
  • Format
  • Authored by: Tim McNeese; Consulting Editor: Richard Jensen
  • From the Series: Discovering U.S. History
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 1604133619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-361-5
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 04/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 973
  • Reading Level: Grades 5-8
  • Pages: 144


The devastating assassination of John F. Kennedy left the presidency in the hands of Lyndon B. Johnson. Implementing his "Great Society" programs, Johnson vowed to eradicate poverty, revitalize America's cities, and support the civil rights movement. Most of his achievements were soon overshadowed as he deepened the country's involvement in Vietnam and as two more high-profile assassinations—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy—caused civil unrest in America. As Johnson passed the buck to Richard Nixon, the conflict in Vietnam escalated. Issues with energy and oil availability began to destabilize the economy, causing a recession that would last through the Watergate scandal and become a major problem in the subsequent Ford presidency. Explore America's most recent history in Modern America: 1964-Present, from the political and social movements of the 1960s and 1970s to the War on Terror and the current struggle against economic recession.


Full-color and black-and-white photographs, illustrations, and maps. Boxed insets. Glossary. Chronology and timeline. Bibliography. Further resources. Index.

About the Author(s)

Tim McNeese is associate professor of history at York College in York, Nebraska. He earned degrees from York College, Harding University, and Missouri State University. McNeese has published more than 100 books and educational materials. His writing has earned him a citation in the library reference work Contemporary Authors and multiple citations in Best Books for Young Teen Readers. In 2006, McNeese appeared on the History Channel program Risk Takers/History Makers: John Wesley Powell and the Grand Canyon. He was a faculty member at the 2006 Tony Hillerman Mystery Writers Conference in Albuquerque.

Reviews and Awards

"...[a] satisfying introduction to American history..."

School Library Journal

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