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Population: Opposing Viewpoints

Population: Opposing Viewpoints

by Charles F. Hohm (Editor), Charles F. Holm (Editor), Shoon Lio (Editor), Lori Justine Jones (Editor), Shoon Lio (Editor)

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Each title in this series examines a pivotal period in history by presenting "a group of essays chosen for their accessibility" to young adults. Introductions in each volume provide an overview of the topic, and excerpts from articles and books are preceded by brief summaries of their authors' often-conflicting arguments. Appendices include relevant documents. American Slavery, for example, offers essays organized under five broad chapter headings: Origins of American Slavery; Slavery in the American Revolution; A House Divided: American Slavery in the Antebellum Era; Civil War and the End of American Slavery; and Was the Civil War Necessary to End Slavery? Within each chapter there are between two and six articles or excerpts, on subjects ranging from "Social Tensions Within Southern Plantation Society" to "How Slaves Responded to their Emancipation" to "War Was Not Necessary to End American Slavery." The authors, mainly history professors, provide a wide range of opinions that will help students hone their critical thinking skills. Discussion questions round off the book, along with an appendix of documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation and a chronology. Valuable for history classes as well as for high school and public libraries. Titles coming in 2001 include Ancient Egyptian Civilization, The Early Middle Ages, The End of Ancient Rome, The Holocaust, The Inquisition, and The Vietnam War. (Early Civilizations) KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Greenhaven Press, 272p, 99-36891, 23cm, bibliogs, indexes, $14.96. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
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Gr 9 Up-Five major questions are addressed in this series entry: ``Is there a population problem?'' ``Is the world's population growing too fast?'' ``Is overpopulation responsible for hunger, poverty, and environmental problems?'' ``What are the effects of immigration in the United States?'' and ``What population policies should be pursued?'' The first question is dealt with from a historical perspective with essays and articles debating state involvement in population growth or control and the ability of science to solve the problem. Different sides of each question are examined with articles and essays by scholars, environmentalists, economists, journalists, scientists, sociologists, and spokespeople interested in the issues. Lists of periodical articles for further reading follow the diverse views presented. Political cartoons serve to drive home various points. Clear writing, further aided in many cases by charts and graphs, makes this an especially accessible volume for students doing research or preparing for debates. Appendixes include discussion ideas for each question presented, a list of organizations to contact, a bibliography, and a comprehensive index.-Dana McDougald, Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, GA

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