The Birth of a New Political Era

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This essay examines the ways in which the presidency of George W. Bush shifted the United States into a new, more unstable era. Economic changes swept the American landscape as deindustrialization and income inequality roiled the American people. Cultural and racial developments underscored the changing dynamics brought on by economic transformation. Moreover, the peace and contentment of the postwar Cold War era fell as issues of inequality and global upheaval forced Americans to confront uncomfortable truths as to the state of the nation.

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