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Children's LiteratureYoung men and women who had lived through the dark age of World War I saw their lives in a way far different than previous generations. This resulted in a significant change in social mores and values and led to a decade of rambunctiousness. In addition, historical forces brought to the fore issues that set the stage for future conflict and suffering. Totalitarian ideologies born in the 1920's were to spawn the Second World War. And when the Great Depression began in the later part of the decade, it set the stage for years of economic dislocation, loss, and want. Here, in a book named for that tumultuous era, readers are given a chance to read serious investigative essays about that far-off time. Among the subjects addressed by the writers are changing social values, Prohibition, crime, and the Great Depression. In general, while these selections are highly informative they are very scholarly. Thus, this is a book that has a significant depth of knowledge, but also one that is written in a way that primarily adults, or adolescents with a keen interest in history, will find it approachable. 2004, Thomson Gale, Ages 16 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck