The Age of Eisenhower
Resources to accompany Will Hitchcock's original and penetrating new book about President Dwight D. Eisenhower
McCarthyism and the Red Scare
In the end, President Eisenhower had no choice but to fight back against Senator Joseph McCarthy—and he did.
The struggle for civil rights
The age of Eisenhower was a time of racial turmoil. Following World War II, African Americans demanded equality before the law.
Eisenhower expanded America's commitment to the French war in Indochina but decided against unilateral American intervention.
Eisenhower initially offered a cautious hand of friendship to Fidel Castro.
The U-2 shootdown
Against his better judgement, Eisenhower allowed US spy planes to fly over Soviet territory. On May 1, 1960, the USSR shot down Gary Powers.
JFK and the election of 1960
Passing the torch to a new generation, Eisenhower warned of a growing military-industrial complex.
About the author
William I. Hitchcock is Professor of History at the University of Virginia and the Randolph P. Compton Professor at UVA’s Miller Center. His work and teaching focus on the international, diplomatic, and military history of the 20th Century, in particular the era of the world wars and the Cold War. He has written widely on trans-Atlantic relations, the politics of the 1950s, and European history and politics.
He received his BA degree from Kenyon College in 1986 and his PhD from Yale in 1994, working under the supervision of Paul Kennedy.