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America in the 1940s

America in the 1940s

by Edmund Lindop
     
 

What were Americans doing in the 1940s? Buying war bonds, working in shipyards, and donating blood for soldiers overseas.

The 1940s were a serious time in the United States, dominated by World War II. Everyone pitched in to help win the war. Millions of men and women served in the U.S. military. Children collected scrap metal to be made into guns and ammunition.

Overview

What were Americans doing in the 1940s? Buying war bonds, working in shipyards, and donating blood for soldiers overseas.

The 1940s were a serious time in the United States, dominated by World War II. Everyone pitched in to help win the war. Millions of men and women served in the U.S. military. Children collected scrap metal to be made into guns and ammunition. But Americans also took time to have fun. They watched Humphrey Bogart at the movies and listened to big band music on the radio. When the war ended, the United States became a world superpower.

The decade's newsmakers included President Harry Truman, war correspondent Ernie Pyle, jazz singer Billie Holiday, and baseball player Joe DiMaggio. They helped set the tone for a decade of war and worry, and for the economic boom times that followed. From Pearl Harbor to the Pentagon, from film noir to Frank Sinatra, read about this fascinating decade from start to finish.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7-10–This well-written, appealing series provides glimpses into life in the United States during the 20th century. Chapters discuss the politics, science and technology, economy, social issues, literature and entertainment, sports, and music of the time and analyze how those factors affected this country's history. The texts are enlivened with quotes and excerpts from primary sources, period photos, and two sets of sidebars. “Profiles” provides biographical sketches of important people and “Turning Points” explains the significance of important events. Both the main texts and the sidebars offer extensive coverage of women and minority groups. A solid choice for readers and researchers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761329459
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Series:
The Decades of Twentieth-Century America Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Edmund Lindop has written many books for young adults, including several books in The Decades of Twentieth-Century America series.

Margaret J. Goldstein was born in Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan. She is an editor and author for young readers. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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