The three-volume set shows how television has reflected and influenced American society and culture throughout its history, covering both positive and negative effects. This Library includes more than 180 interesting illustrations and sidebars, clear prose, and ideas for activities, research and further reading. A subject index, chronology and words-to-know section are among the many other features supporting student achievement.
The Almanac looks at the history of television chronologically, starting with the introduction of the technology in the 1920s and ending with issues that face the industry in the 21st century as well as its future outlook.
Biographies presents profiles of twenty-six men and women who influenced the development of television in a significant way. The volume covers such key figures as inventors, industry leaders, cable TV pioneers, program producers, TV news journalists and television personalities.
The Primary Sources presents fifteen full or excerpted documents relating to the development and impact of television. These documents range from notable speeches that mark important points in TV history to critical analyses of television’s influence on American culture. The documents are arranged chronologically, beginning with longtime RCA chairman David Sarnoff’s 1936 remarks to the press at his company’s first demonstration of television technology, and ending with former vice president Al Gore’s 2005 speech about the effects of television on democracy.
For table of contents, sample pages or other volume specific information see the entry for the Almanac, Biographies or Primary Sources.
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