The Twenties in America

The Twenties in America

by Carl E. Rollyson

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Ohost, Follett Library Resources, ebrary, Gale Virtual Reference Library, MyiLibrary, Overdrive REFThe goal of this series—which also covers decades from the 1930s through the 1990s—is to "help students understand the most important aspects of each decade's history." Rollyson (journalism, Baruch Coll., CUNY) offers 675 articles on topics, people, and events. Mostly focusing on U.S. topics but including some Canadian history, the signed articles range from one to six pages in length, although the average is about a page, and are accompanied by suggestions for further reading and, sometimes, a black-and-white photo. Of particular note is Salem's purchasing policy with this (and other) series: buying the print set grants access to the online version. The online material is attractively presented and searchable alongside prior purchases from the Salem History range, and this greatly extends the value of the set and makes it stand out among other U.S. history chronologies and other material on the 1920s. This series is the most popular chronology of U.S. history in this reviewer's library; the 1920s set in particular is heavily used when U.S. history students are looking for a research topic. VERDICT Delightful and appropriate for public, school, and academic libraries.—Lura Sanborn, Ohrstrom Lib., St. Paul's Sch., NH
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Gr 9 Up—Including articles about persons, events, movements, and trends that define the era in the U.S. and Canada, this set offers entries on everything from eugenics to flappers. Terms and concepts that may be unfamiliar are often explained within the text. For instance, the U.S. Supreme Court entry provides a brief explanation of "substantive due process" in relation to the legal rights of businesses. Entries may be short articles or longer overviews. The "Impact" section at the conclusion of each signed piece elevates this material beyond the usefulness of traditional reference sets. It succinctly details the enduring importance of each topic, which will help students to focus and to write meaningful thesis statements. Entries end with further-reading suggestions and a generous cross-reference list. Black-and-white period photographs flesh out many topics, and volume three includes useful appendixes such as lists of period musicians, literature, and legislation. The purchase of the print set includes multi-user online access to all content through the Salem History database.—Patty McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA

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