By Martin Halliwell, Catherine Morley

Will the twenty-first century be the following American Century? Will American strength and ideas dominate the globe within the coming years? Or is the status of the U.S. more likely to fall apart underneath the strain of recent foreign challenges?This ground-breaking e-book explores the altering styles of yankee idea and tradition on the sunrise of the recent millennium, whilst the world's richest state hasn't ever been extra robust or extra arguable. It brings jointly one of the most eminent North American and ecu thinkers to enquire the an important matters and demanding situations dealing with the us in the course of the early years of our new century.From the subterranean political shifts underneath the electoral panorama to the newest biomedical advances, from the literary reaction to Sep 11 to the increase of truth tv, this ebook explores the political, social and cultural contours of up to date American existence - however it additionally locations the us inside of an international narrative of trade, cultural trade, overseas international relations, ideological clash and battle. those eighteen new essays deal with such urgent matters as management, international coverage, propaganda, faith, health and wellbeing, know-how, immigration, 11th of September tradition and electronic media. trying to find the roots of our modern issues, the authors glance again to the Clinton years or even past classes of twentieth-century American lifestyles. yet additionally they wait for the hot horizons of the century to return - to the unanticipated risks of a world destiny and to the hovering chances of American firm and mind's eye.

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Breaking off from an agonisingly close re-election campaign, President George W. ’ 1 That Reagan would be deeply mourned on the right, among the conservatives who had propelled him into office and by the Republican Party whose success he had done so much to assure, was no surprise. Some called for him to replace Alexander Hamilton on the ten-dollar note or John Kennedy on the half-dollar coin, while the Senate Republican leader Bill Frist even suggested that the Pentagon be renamed in his honour.

In 2004, a comprehensive Los Angeles Times exit poll found that despite all the attention paid to the issue, just 29 per cent of voters named terrorism amongst their two primary concerns in choosing their candidate, while even fewer, 16 per cent, cited the war in Iraq. 12 Insofar as the issues of terrorism and Iraq had an impact, therefore, they probably acted to strengthen existing ideological instincts and patterns of allegiance, driving up levels of partisan enthusiasm (and hence turnout) without actually producing any great electoral shifts.

Bush, too, made sure that his administration contained a high proportion of black and female faces. Conservatism’s appeal, in other words, was all the stronger because it was not merely reactionary. While its champions might appeal to oldfashioned prejudices in their election campaigns – the so-called ‘dog whistle’ effect, as exemplified by George Bush’s famous Willie Horton ad in 1988, or 25 AMERICAN THOUGHT AND CULTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY his son’s visit to Bob Jones University in 2000 – they took care to strike a more accommodating pose in office.

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