World Wars and the Modern Age (American Heritage, American Voices Series)

World Wars and the Modern Age (American Heritage, American Voices Series)

by David C. King
     
 
Experience explosive changes in American history with the people who witnessed them!

From 1870 to 1950, America experienced an unprecedented era of rapid change and growth. A host of remarkable inventions led the way in transforming this nation into a major world power, and yet the forces of change often caused tremendous upheaval in people's lives. Now, World Wars

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Experience explosive changes in American history with the people who witnessed them!

From 1870 to 1950, America experienced an unprecedented era of rapid change and growth. A host of remarkable inventions led the way in transforming this nation into a major world power, and yet the forces of change often caused tremendous upheaval in people's lives. Now, World Wars and the Modern Age provides a rare glimpse into the day-to-day experiences of Americans who lived through Prohibition, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and two world wars. You'll be there as the New York Times offices are filled with electric light for the first time. You'll watch as immigrants flock to America's colorful, fast-growing cities, hoping to start anew. You'll read a young soldier's account of going "over the top" during the grim trench warfare of World War I--and, barely twenty years later, an eyewitness account of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that plunged America into World War II.

From the personal writings of Henry Ford on his Model T automobile to songs of the Depression, from FDR's Inaugural Address to a G.I.'s description of D-Day, World Wars and the Modern Age presents a wealth of period documents, including diaries, letters, articles, advertisements, speeches, and more, from both famous figures and ordinary citizens. Find out how all of these American voices together helped make this country what it is today.

AMERICAN HERITAGE? is well known for its magazine on American history, as well as its many highly acclaimed books, including the American Heritage? Illustrated History of the United States and the American Heritage? Illustrated History of the Presidents.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Writing about history is both an honor and a challenge. While it is important to recount the story of mankind's journey it is difficult to recapture the past in print. One way of amplifying historical writing is to draw from the wealth of primary source documents that exist. It is this "first hand" approach to history that author David C. King effectively uses in this title, part of the "American Voices" series. Providing a broad overview of America from the late 19th century through the conclusion of World War II, this illustrated work connects a series of first-hand accounts with a tightly-written narrative. In this way readers are allowed not only to hear the author's account of keynote events but also the thoughts of actual participants. The reader is introduced to suffragettes, flappers, First World War infantrymen, dust bowl migrants, and women factory workers during the Second World War. One comes away from these selections with a sense of the humanity of history and not just names, dates, and facts. In addition, the many period photographs and illustrations add a great deal to the impact and feel of this fine book. This combination of elements helps make this work a pleasure to read and learn from. 2005, American Heritage, Ages 11 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-King attempts to cover, in one thin volume, what is perhaps the greatest era of change in U.S. history, from the invention of the telephone to V-J Day. More than 75 primary sources have been collected to provide first-person insight into a wide range of people and events from 1876 to 1945, roughly grouped by chronologically arranged topics. This averages out to only about one entry per year and the result is an unfocused, hit-or-miss collection of paragraphs tied together by textbook-dull contextual passages and small, often poorly reproduced, black-and-white illustrations. The entries are mainly short excerpts from larger pieces and include parts of Andrew Carnegie's writings on wealth, an Edward R. Murrow broadcast, an FDR fireside chat, a Langston Hughes poem, a congressional address by Lindbergh, and an eyewitness account of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It's important to note that some spelling and grammar has been modernized from the original texts, which is an unfortunate editorial choice as it negates the authenticity of the voices. Some vocabulary and background information on the relevant topics is printed in the margins. Overall, there's not enough meat on any one topic or theme to warrant purchase for anything other than the most general use.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471443926
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
American Heritage, American Voices Series , #3
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

DAVID C. KING is a former history teacher and an award-winning author who has written more than thirty books for children and young adults, including the other books in this series as well as the American Kids in History® series.

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