UXL American Decades: 1940-1949
- Volume 5
- Published By:
- ISBN-10: 0787664596
- ISBN-13: 9780787664596
- DDC: 973.91
- Shipping Weight: 1.30 lbs ( .59 kgs)
- 224 Pages | Print | Hardcover
- © 2003 | Published
Following in the footsteps of Gale's award-winning American Decades series, U·X·L® American Decades covers 20th-century events and social history beginning in 1900 and ending in 1999, written expressly for middle school students. Each decade is covered in one volume with features including 600 black-and-white photographs and illustrations; "Words to Know" and "Further Reading" sections; and a general index. Chapters begin with a chronology of world events and a general overview of the decade. Chapters include the topics: Topics in the News, Headline Makers and Further Reading. Within each topic, alphabetically arranged entries discuss historically important events, issues, definitions of difficult concepts or terms, and other interesting trivia and sideline stories. U·X·L® American Decades may be purchased as a set or by individual volume; a volume-specific general index appears in each volume; and a separate, free cumulative index comes with the set.
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"...Designed for middle school students, this series should not be overlooked for high school use as well. Even reluctant readers could find the sports and pop music statistics fascinating. In fact, researchers of any age who need information about popular culture in a particular decade would probably find this series to be quick and convenient. The language is neither too difficult nor too simple for an average reader. Although UXL American Decades covers a lot of ground, as with any such series, some of the included material could be open to question as to its political biases or other biases simply because of what is included or excluded. The series is at its best when it quotes important figures and lets the readers draw their own conclusions about what they say. It is perhaps not quite always as successful in choosing the half dozen or so key people from each decade. As always, references to Websites will tend to be outdated long before the bibliographic information. For those, however, who can afford the price, UXL American Decades is and interesting and unique reference." -- ARBA— ARBA