The Postwar and Modern Age (1945-present)
The Cold War in 1,000 Words
From Truman and Stalin, to McCarthyism and the Vietnam War, and finally the collapse of the Soviet Union. A brief overview of the Cold War.
- David M. Oshinsky - Polio: An American Story
- Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff - The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
- Stanley Karnow - Vietnam: A History
- Thomas Frank - The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism
- Johnny Ryan - A History of the Internet and the Digital Future
- Lawrence Wright - The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Timeline of the Postwar Era and Modern America
- 1954 - Brown v. Board of Education outlaws segregated schools. President Eisenhower is later forced to deploy the 101st Airborne Division to enforce the decision.
- 1955 - The Montgomery Bus Boycott unleashes a wave of civil rights protests across the United States.
- 1960 - "The Pill" is approved by the FDA on June 23. It usage will become legal in every state with the Eisenstadt v. Baird decision in 1972.
- 1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis threatens nuclear war.
- 1963 - John F. Kennedy is assassinated under suspicious circumstances.
- 1964 - The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed, significantly strengthening the federal enforcement of civil rights laws for minorities.
- 1967 - "The Long Hot Summer" highlights the deteriorating social climate of the nation. 159 race riots erupt in a single year, most infamously in Newark and Detroit.
- 1969 - Stonewall Riots in New York become rallying point for gay community. The first Pride Parade is held on June 28th, 1970 to commemorate the one-year anniversary.
- 1975/1976 - Microsoft and Apple are founded one year apart, becoming innovators and rivals in the computer industry.
- c.1980 - Widespread cases of the AIDS virus begin to appear in the United States.
- 1991 - Tim Berners-Lee creates the first websites on the World Wide Web. "Browser Wars" and email soon ensue.
- 2000 - For the first time, Hispanics become the largest minority group as measured in the United States Census.
- 2001 - Terrorist attacks topple the World Trade Center on September 11.
- 2004 - Facebook is launched, initially limited to active students of Harvard University.