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Encyclopedia of the Jazz Age: From the End of World War I to the Great Crash

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This illustrated encyclopedia offers in-depth coverage of one of the most fascinating and widely studied periods in American history. Extending from the end of World War I in 1918 to the great Wall Street crash in 1929, the Jazz age was a time of frenetic energy and unprecedented historical developments, ranging from the League of Nations, woman suffrage, Prohibition, the Red Scare, the Ku Klux Klan, the Lindberg flight, and the Scopes trial, to the rise of organized crime, motion pictures, and celebrity ...

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Overview

This illustrated encyclopedia offers in-depth coverage of one of the most fascinating and widely studied periods in American history. Extending from the end of World War I in 1918 to the great Wall Street crash in 1929, the Jazz age was a time of frenetic energy and unprecedented historical developments, ranging from the League of Nations, woman suffrage, Prohibition, the Red Scare, the Ku Klux Klan, the Lindberg flight, and the Scopes trial, to the rise of organized crime, motion pictures, and celebrity culture."Encyclopedia of the Jazz Age" provides information on the politics, economics, society, and culture of the era in rich detail. The entries cover themes, personalities, institutions, ideas, events, trends, and more; and special features such as sidebars and photos help bring the era vividly to life.

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Library Journal

Edited by Ciment (Social Issues in America), this two-volume illustrated encyclopedia brings together articles and thematic essays that capture the social, political, economic, and cultural spirit of the Jazz Age, that era extending from the end of World War I to the stock market crash of 1929. Thematic essays-"Politics and Government," "Business, Economics, and Labor," "Family, Community, and Society," "Consumer and Popular Culture," and "Foreign Affairs"-are followed by more than 300 A-to-Z entries covering individuals (e.g., Dorothy Parker), institutions (e.g., the Ford Motor Company), groups (e.g., the Ku Klux Klan), ideas (e.g., socialism), events (e.g., the Scopes trial), and trends (e.g., technological advancements like air conditioning) that defined the age. Each entry averages eight paragraphs in length; several entries are accompanied by sidebars that provide added depth to a particular topic. A Topic Finder enhances accessibility to individual topics, and a list of contributors includes their academic affiliations. Volume 1 features a table of contents for the articles, while a complete list of sidebars and the Topic Finder for the entire set appear in both volumes. A bibliography of works related to the period completes Volume 2.
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This compilation of essays and encyclopedic articles on the people, institutions, ideas, and trends that characterized the Jazz Age (defined as the period between the end of World War I and the 1929 stock market crash) is a useful purchase for collections providing in-depth reference support in the social sciences. Clearly written by a varied group of scholars and professors, it opens with a section of essays setting the overall context of the era, including "Politics"; "Business, Economics, and Labor"; "Family, Community, and Society"; "Consumer and Popular Culture"; and "Foreign Affairs." More than 300 signed articles follow, providing coverage of people ("Dempsey, Jack"), institutions ("League of Nations"), legal matters ("Havana Conference of 1928"), events ("Flu Pandemic [1918]"), ideas ("Social Gospel"), and trends ("Progressivism"), as well as miscellaneous subjects ("Suburbs," "Hoboes"), each with suggestions for further reading. Occasional sidebars provide additional interest. Well-captioned black-and-white photos depict the era. The "Topic Finder" in the front of each volume is ineffective, but there is an extensive index in the second volume. Also, students may find that the facts they seek are likely to be spread throughout both volumes instead of contained in a single, easy-to-locate entry. For instance, a search for information on Rudolph Valentino yields no individual entry, but the index notes 23 separate references. Seekers of quick facts for reports or personal interest may be discouraged.-Joyce Adams Burner, formerly at Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765680785
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/7/2014
  • Pages: 700
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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