UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History

UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History

by Sonia Benson, Daniel E. Brannen, Rebecca Valentine

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Gr 6-8

These "nearly seven hundred entries" cover from pre-Colonial times to the present. Large, bold fonts distinguish entry titles ("Banking Crisis of 1933," "The Call of the Wild") in the alphabetically arranged text and in the index. Of concern, though, is the inconsistency with which subjects are or are not included. Bob Dylan is covered in a three-page article, while former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice have neither articles nor index entries. There is an entry on AIDS/HIV but not on influenza or smallpox. A few errors exist: for example, George W. Bush is credited with creating the term "axes [sic] of evil." Illustrations consist of average-quality black-and-white reproductions of photos, maps, and sketches. Despite some unevenness in coverage, the information that is included is generally accurate and suitable for reports.-Jennifer Prince, Fairview Public Library, Fairview, NC

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