- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
VOYAThis review addresses the 4 volume Industrial Revolution Reference Library published by UXL. The primary book in this set is the Almanac volume. It opens with a time line that begins with the passage of the British Navigation Acts in 1650 and ends with the development of the atomic bomb and the birth of the Nuclear Age in 1945. That block of time describes the parameters of this set, which follows the world through technological breakthroughs in transportation, communications, and mechanics. These innovations brought about great social changes as well, so also covered are legislation, labor unions, urbanization, and factories. A narrative history covers standard topics such as the cotton gin and oil tycoons, but it also branches out to include the Depression Era, the global economy, and the final, gradual transformation into the age of computers and nuclear power. The Biographies volume supplements the almanac by highlighting twentyfive top inventors, philanthropists, labor leaders, and politicians in eightpage profiles that include photos and sidebars of historical information. The emphasis is primarily on American subjects. The Primary Sources volume reprints portions of historic documents, legislation, and the seminal writings from authors such as Adam Smith, Upton Sinclair, and Karl Marx. Most writings deal with social concerns and workers' conditions. Each excerpt is accompanied by a critical evaluation of its importance and an examination of how it was originally received. Again, photos and sidebars are used effectively to tie the writings to particular issues and historic events. The final volume is a thin cumulative index that brings the other volumes together, identifying pagesin all three volumes that discuss topics such as child labor or the Progressive Party. The individual volumes can stand alone, each with its own index and bibliography, but the Almanac is the most comprehensive. It is an attractive, wellorganized, and easytoread examination of the Industrial Revolution, accessible to the middle school student. Libraries with a need for broader coverage of the topic should consider the full set, which makes the most of tying primary sources and people to historical events. 2003, UXLCheryl McDonald, 224p.; Index. Illus. Photos. Chronology., PLB. Ages 11 to 18.