Politically and socially, the decade from 1947 to 1956 marked an era of repression and fear. McCarthyism was a practice named for the blustery U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy. Known for his reckless and unsubstantiated accusations, he led a campaign to root out real and imagined “subversives” in American society. Packed with enlightening primary and secondary source material, McCarthyism and the Red Scare examines topical issues to help readers think critically about such concepts as freedom, Constitutional rights, blacklisting, and personal and state ideology.
This timely title discusses the creation of the atom bomb and the post-World War II nuclear arms race that shaped the consciousness of generations. Primary and secondary source materials such as contemporary photos, speeches, letters, and newspaper accounts are examined, offering readers insight into a world reeling from years of conflict, and the competing political and social ideologies of the former Soviet Union and the United States and its allies. Topics covered include the Manhattan Project, the dropping of the first atomic bombs, and the escalation of the arms race, as well as nuclear treaties and the relevance to today’s nuclear threats.
Laws are rules made by government. When followed, laws should ensure that people are treated fairly and equally—a pillar of justice in our society. This book explains how laws and legal systems work here and in different countries, and introduces readers to the relationship between law and justice. Using meaningful examples and compelling case studies, the book also tackles difficult questions about such things as civil rights, capital punishment, and prison systems. Discussion prompts encourage readers to examine their own beliefs.
Although there are benefits to buying and selling goods and services from country to country, many people are concerned that a global economy contributes to unfair wages and working conditions in many parts of the world. This interesting title examines the global economy and technological innovation, the exploitation of workers, and the 2008 economic crisis. Readers will gain an understanding of key concepts, such as fair trade, and find out how each of us can have a positive impact on workers around the world.
A government is a group of people who provide rules and authority for the society they serve. Readers will learn that there are many different kinds of governments. Examples of governments around the world frame a discussion of why it is important that citizens have a say in who governs them and the decisions that get made. Activities encourage further discussion.
Historical and anecdotal information about each of the fifty states' official state flags, including the inspiration of the design.
Each Origins: Whodunnit: Law Enforcement eShort is a single chapter from the full Law Enforcement title, packaged as a mini eBook. Law Enforcement eShorts include Beat Cops, The Texas Rangers, The Secret Service, and Federal Marshals.
A thorough, illustrated biography discussing the childhood, career, family, and term of James Earl (Jimmy) Carter, thirty-ninth president of the United States.
Lyndon B. Johnson was born in Texas in the early 1900s. This appealing biography highlights Johnson's life as he represented Texas in the United States Congress for 24 years and became the 36th President of the United States. Through engaging images, intriguing sidebars and facts, easy-to-read text, and a supportive glossary and index, readers will learn interesting topics such as the Higher Education Act, Voting Rights Act, Minority Whip, and the Vietnam War.
Sam Houston lived a unique and exciting life. This captivating biography focuses on Houston's life and how he became the only person to be president of a republic, a United States senator, and the governor of two different states. The intriguing facts, easy-to-read text, and appealing images work in conjunction with an accessible glossary and index to help readers navigate their way through the text while feeling engaged and enlightened as they learn about the Republic of Texas, Cherokee Indians, Texas history, and how Houston became the governor of Texas.
George W. Bush grew up in a prominent political family in Texas. After serving as Texas governor, Bush followed his father's footsteps in becoming President of the United States. This biography allows readers to discover the life of George W. Bush and explore some the impact he made as president through acts like No Child Left Behind. Readers will also learn of the many unexpected challenges Bush faced, such as the al-Qaeda attack on September 11, 2001, the War on Terror, and the Iraq War.
A thorough, illustrated biography discussing the childhood, career, family, and term of James A. Garfield, twentieth president of the United States.
A historical account of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, including the events leading up to it, the people involved, conspiracy theories surrounding his death, and the lingering aftermath.
A historical survey of state and local governments, including the role and responsibilities each has in its community and influential mayors, governors, and others.
A historical survey of the United States House of Representatives, from its beginnings to present struggles, including its role in Congress and influential members.
A historical survey of the United States presidency, from its beginnings to current issues, including its role as executive and influential presidents such as Andrew Jackson.
A historical survey of the United States Senate, from its beginnings to current issues, including its role in Congress and influential senators such as Daniel Webster and Hillary Clinton.
A historical survey of the United States Supreme Court, from its beginnings to present decisions, including its judicial role and influential justices such as Earl Warren.
A historical survey of the presidential cabinet, from its beginnings to current structure, including its executive role and influential members such as Salmon P. Chase.
A historical account of espionage during World War II, including famous spies such as Eddie Chapman, covert missions, and technologies that influenced the course of the conflict.
A historical account of espionage during the Cold War, including famous spies such as Aldrich Ames, covert missions, and technologies that influenced the course of the conflict.
An account of espionage during the modern age, including famous spies such as Dayna Williamson Baer, covert missions, and technologies that influence the course of present-day conflicts.
An in-depth look at the people and policies behind the government agency known as the NTSB, from its founding in 1967 to the controversies and challenges it faces today.
An in-depth look at the people and policies behind the government agency known as the EPA, from its founding in 1970 to the controversies and challenges it faces today.
An in-depth look at the people and policies behind the government agency known as the FBI, from its founding in 1908 to the controversies and challenges it faces today.