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The 2000s Decade in Photos: A New Millennium

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The decade 2000-2009 marked a new era in history. After terrorists attacked on September 11, 2001, America declared a "war on terrorism." U.S. soldiers were sent to Afghanistan and, later, to Iraq. Fears of global warming convinced people to "go green." It was the decade of mobile phones, portable music players, and reality TV. The fast-paced 2000s are a decade to be remembered.

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Overview

The decade 2000-2009 marked a new era in history. After terrorists attacked on September 11, 2001, America declared a "war on terrorism." U.S. soldiers were sent to Afghanistan and, later, to Iraq. Fears of global warming convinced people to "go green." It was the decade of mobile phones, portable music players, and reality TV. The fast-paced 2000s are a decade to be remembered.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Characterizing a decade in one slim book involves making choices—Corrigan generally does quite well at selecting nineteen significant events or developments for each decade since 1900. Young history buffs get a look at politics, war, fashion, science, and technology in this "Amazing Decades in Photos" series, illustrated with photographs, posters, cartoons, and newspaper pages. (The later decades are presented mainly in photos.) This decade is defined by terrorism and war. After a contested election and a dubious Supreme Court decision, George W. Bush became President. The year 2001 saw the destruction of the World Trade Center, invasion of Afghanistan by the U.S., and economic downturn. America's anxieties were increased by the steroid scandals in sports, the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia, and the invasion of Iraq, where lack of planning resulted in chaos and increasing terrorism. A divided people debated the War, illegal immigration, and same-sex marriage. Natural disasters—tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina's destruction of New Orleans—forced Americans to face the dangers of climate change and lose confidence in the Bush administration's competence. A massacre by a Virginia Tech student caused new debate about gun control; rising fuel prices called attention to an impending energy crisis. This atmosphere, along with a financial crash, spurred demand for change as two women and one African-American man became candidates for office. In a historic election, Barack Obama was overwhelmingly elected President of the United States. Corrigan ends this series with the observation that despite technological progress, the new millennium "promised thorny new challenges." Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8–Large, well-chosen black-and-white and color photos are the strongest elements of these books, which each offer approximately 20 chapters covering economics, politics, wars, science, and popular culture. The focus is on U.S. history, but world events that influenced America are also discussed. Captions provide specific information about the photos and supplement, rather than repeat, information in the narratives. Attractive and readable, this series will be popular with browsers and beginning researchers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766031395
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Amazing Decades in Photos Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Welcome to the 2000s 5

The USS Cole Bombing 8

Style of the New Millennium 10

The Disputed Election of 2000 12

TV Goes Digital 14

The Terror of September 11 17

Striking Back at al-Qaeda 20

The Dot-Com Bubble Bursts 22

Era of the Gadgets 24

Steroids in Sports 26

Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster 28

U.S. Troops Invade Iraq 31

Chaos in Iraq 34

Hot Issues Divide Society 36

Deadly Tsunami of 2004 39

Hurricane Katrina Strikes 43

Massacre at Virginia Tech 46

Energy Crisis Grips the World 49

Election of 2008 52

Looking Back, Moving Forward 54

Chronology 58

Glossary 59

Further Reading 60

Internet Resources 61

Index 62

Picture Credits 64

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