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Modern America, 1914 to 1945
     

Modern America, 1914 to 1945

by Gregory Ross, Richard Balkin, Richard Balkin (Editor)
 
The Almanacs Of American Life are historical almanacs of four periods in American history: the Colonial period, the Revolutionary, Victorian America, and the twentieth century from 1914 through World War II.

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The Almanacs Of American Life are historical almanacs of four periods in American history: the Colonial period, the Revolutionary, Victorian America, and the twentieth century from 1914 through World War II.

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Library Journal
In this almanac, Ross (America 1941: A Nation at the Crossroads, Free Pr., 1989) interweaves brief discussions with statistical tables to provide deeper perspectives of major themes in American history not found in annual almanacs. He focuses on information "meaningful from a contemporary perspective" (e.g., concerning women and minority groups) to illustrate how trends developed over the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, within states and regions or among various demographic groups. Themes covered include population and immigration, transportation and communication, politics and government, religion, science, and the world wars. Tables from such sources as Historical Statistics of the U.S. (Greenwood, 1993) make up more than half the book and dominate chapters on education and economy. These tables are clear and appropriatey located, as are the photographs; the text is in small print but well dispersed. Nevertheless, librarians are more likely to consult specialized reference sources for statistics on such chapter topics as states, cities, prominent individuals, sports, and the like, while general readers will find more discussion of topical themes in general encyclopedias. More useful as a general overview for American studies than as a reference tool.-Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
School Library Journal
YA-Because of the almanac format, this book may at first appear to be dry reading. Further examination of this comprehensive reference source uncovers fascinating information about American life; period photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and maps; a chronology of events; and essays. Researchers and browsers alike can find out the cost of a loaf of bread in 1914, how much alcohol was consumed by Americans during prohibition, casualties in World Wars I and II, and other details of life during the first half of the 20th century.
Booknews
One of four volumes that use an almanac format to document the daily lives of Americans. The present volume begins in the Progressive Era, continues through WWI, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and the New Deal, and concludes with WWII. Using statistics, tables, and text, and archival illustrations such as photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and maps, it examines the lives of average people, e.g., how many had telephones, what their favorite radio shows were, how much alcohol they consumed, and how many had indoor plumbing. Period documents show the wide range of conflicts and issues that defined the era. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816025329
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Series:
Almanacs of American Life Series
Pages:
455
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.22(h) x 1.36(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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