The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life in America [4 Volumes]

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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life in America [4 Volumes]

Format:  Hardcover,

2664 pages

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

Publish Date: Dec 2008

ISBN-13: 9780313336997

ISBN-10: 0313336997

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The course of daily life in the United States has been a product of tradition, environment, and circumstance. How did the Civil War alter the lives of women, both white and black, left alone on southern farms? How did the Great Depression change the lives of working class families in eastern cities? How did the discovery of gold in California transform the lives of native American, Hispanic, and white communities in western territories? Organized by time period as spelled out in the National Standards for U.S. History, these four volumes effectively analyze the diverse whole of American experience, examining the domestic, economic, intellectual, material, political, recreational, and religious life of the American people between 1763 and 2005.

Working under the editorial direction of general editor Randall M. Miller, professor of history at St. Joseph's University, a group of expert volume editors carefully integrate material drawn from volumes in Greenwood's highly successful Daily Life Through History series with new material researched and written by themselves and other scholars. The four volumes cover the following periods: The War of Independence and Antebellum Expansion and Reform, 1763-1861, The Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Industrialization of America, 1861-1900, The Emergence of Modern America, World War I, and the Great Depression, 1900-1940 and Wartime, Postwar, and Contemporary America, 1940-Present. Each volume includes a selection of primary documents, a timeline of important events during the period, images illustrating the text, and extensive bibliography of further information resources--both print and electronic--and a detailed subject index.

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Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
Publish Date: Dec 2008
ISBN-13: 9780313336997
ISBN-10: 0313336997
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 2664
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 16.52
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.0 x 6.25 x 11.0

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Review by Library Journal (2009-06-15)

This excellent resource effectively compiles into one product the narrative information on U.S. daily life widely scattered in books, journal articles, and documents. Covering the entire span of American history, the mult i volume work is arranged chronologically and within each time period is subdivided into seven thematic sections covering domestic, economic, intellectual, material, political, recreational, and religious life. Although there are internal coverage variations among the four volumes, the parameters of the set are lucidly described in the preface. Attractively designed with an easy-to-read typeface and black-and-white illustrations interspersed throughout, the work contains a helpful, comprehensive index in each volume, unannotated bibliographies, primary documents with web source citations, and some sidebars and brief appendixes.

BOTTOM LINE Since many libraries may already have some earlier topical print volumes from the "Greenwood Daily Life Through History" series or access to the Greenwood Daily Life Online database (daily life.greenwood.com)-which covers the entire world-this expensive set is highly recommended only for public and academic libraries not owning either format.

-Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The course of daily life in the United States has been a product of tradition, environment, and circumstance. How did the Civil War alter the lives of women, both white and black, left alone on southern farms? How did the Great Depression change the lives of working class families in eastern cities? How did the discovery of gold in California transform the lives of Native American, Hispanic, and white communities in western territories? Organized by time period as spelled out in the National Standards for U.S. History, these four volumes effectively and engagingly analyze the diverse whole of American experience, examining the domestic, economic, intellectual, material, political, recreational, and religious life of the American people between 1763 and 2005.

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