- Sarah Gough
Basket weave like a Botswana. Take a ride in a Malian bush taxi. Bargain at a Nigerian marketplace. Play an El Salvadorian marbles game. Come see how people in other countries live through performances and presentations from many cultures by Peace Corps members.
The Twenties in America features long overviews and short entries discussing people, books, films, plays, and other important topics representative of that era. Every entry focuses on the topic or person during the 1920s in order to explore what made the decade unique. Topics that span several decades often provide some background and information on subsequent events to help place the 1920s in perspective. Written with the needs of students and general readers in mind, The Twenties in America presents clear discussions of its topics, explaining terms and references that may be unfamiliar. Entries fall into the following general categories: arts and literature, business and economics, crime and punishment, disasters, education, environmental issues, film, health and medical issues, international relations, journalism, military and war, politics and government, popular culture, popular music, religion and spirituality, science and technology, sexuality, social issues, sports, and transportation.
Part of the Salem History collection. In addition to the set's extensive coverage of such Depression-era subjects as the economic downturn, bank failures, Dust Bowl conditions, and unemployment and such transformational New Deal programs and agencies as Social Security, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Housing Administration, the National Recovery Administration, and the Works Progress Administration, The Thirties in America covers a diverse array of other events and developments that set the 1930's apart from other decades, including the development of sound and color films and a general blossoming of the film industry; the first ominous signs of the coming world war; the ascendancy of radio entertainment; golden eras of Major League Baseball and professional boxing; the birth of Canada's Dionne quintuplets; the rise of gangsters such as Al Capone, John Dillinger, Ma Barker, and Bonnie and Clyde; major breakthroughs in nuclear physics that would eventually make possible atom bombs and nuclear energy; exciting new theories in astronomy about black holes and neutron stars and the discovery of Pluto and the invention of electric typewriters, instant coffee, radar, and the Richter scale for measuring earthquakes.
Every decade in the 20th century is closely identified with at least one landmark event or major turning point. During the 1940's that key event was World War II. World War II not only fully preoccupied the United States and Canada through nearly half the decade; it also left both nations and virtually the entire world fundamentally changed. No other twentieth century event had a transformational impact on its decade as great as that of World War II on the 1940's. However, while, The Forties in America, devotes a great deal of space to the war, it does not do so at the cost of neglecting other subjects. Subjects of the 654 essays include political and military leaders, athletes, entertainment figures, films, books, radio and television shows, plays, events, fads, products, technology, and overviews of such broad issues as agriculture, business, communications, demographics, education, housing, literature, radio, religion, race relations, politics, science, and the arts.
The Fifties in America covers topics such as rock and roll, Elvis Presley, and the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, all of which continued to have an impact in the 1960s. These and many other topics, which range from half-column articles on individual personages, books, events, films, court cases, and other subjects, to 7-page overviews on such subjects as literature, economics, education, politics, medicine, music, science, film, and television. Written with the needs of students and general readers in mind, the articles present clear discussions of topics, explaining terms and references that may be unfamiliar to contemporary readers.
Part of the Salem History collection. Salem Press's three-volume set, The Sixties in America, surveys the events and people of the 1960's, a turbulent decade that had a profound and lasting effect on the life and culture of the United States. The set not only provides in-depth coverage of all aspects of the three major events of the 1960's that give the decade its distinctive character—the Civil Rights movement, the social revolution, and the Vietnam War—but also surveys important developments in the arts, science and technology, business and the economy, government and politics, and gender issues.
Part of the Salem History collection. Watergate, the Vietnam War, the environmental movement, the energy crisis, the women's movement, disco. The Seventies in America brings this controversial decade to life by examining these topics and many more. This encyclopedia appears at a time when many people are reevaluating the 1970's, realizing that it was not a superficial, throwaway era but actually a time of dynamic political, social, and cultural change. The Seventies in America is also a much-needed source of reliable information for today's students, all of whom were born after the decade ended.
Reagan, AIDS, the Challenger disaster, MTV, Yuppies, "Who Shot J.R.?" . . . The Eighties in America examines the iconic personalities and moments of this pivotal decade. The Eighties in America serves as a valuable information source and offers keen insights for today's students.
Part of the Salem History collection. The Gulf War, dot-coms, impeachment, grunge, Y2K--the 1990s were a time of both optimism and conflict, hope and worry. The decade began with a seemingly victorious war, fell into recession, bounced back with a strong bull market, and ended in political bitterness and scandal. The Nineties in America examines the iconic personalities and moments of this important decade. With articles about films, books, political leaders, events, fads, and technology, the encyclopedia serves as a valuable source of reliable information and keen insights for today's students. Volume 3 contains sixteen appendixes that provide additional information about selected aspects of the decade in easily accessible formats: five entertainment, two literature, two music, one sports, and two legislative appendixes, a glossary of new words and slang, and a detailed time line.