This popular and classic text chronicles America's roller-coaster journey through the decades since World War II. Considering both the paradoxes and the possibilities of post-war America, Chafe portrays the significant cultural and political themes which have colored our country's past and present, including issues of race, class, gender, foreign policy, and economic and social reform. Chafe examines such subjects as the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the origins and the end of the Cold War, the culture of the 1970s, the Reagan years, and the Perot phenomenon and the rise of the independent third party as a major force in presidential politics. This new edition has been updated to include an entirely new chapter on the Clinton presidency as well as an expanded discussion of the recent cultural and political issues facing America today. A thoroughly revised epilogue offers a compelling and controversial final commentary on Americas past and its future. Brilliantly written by a prize-winning historian, this fourth edition of The Unfinished Journey continues to be an essential text for all students of recent American history.