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Social History of the United States (10 Vol. Set ) Hardcover – October 23, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1598841275 ISBN-10: 1598841270 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Social History of the United States (10 Volume Set)
  • Hardcover: 3330 pages
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO; 1 edition (October 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598841270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598841275
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 23.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,959,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Takes its place as the new essential comprehensive American history encyclopedia covering the 20th century from a social historian's perspective

• Draws on the work of an unprecedented team of expert scholars

• Incorporates a wealth of statistical data in tables and entries to provide quantitative support for historical discussions

• Brings to light lesser-known events and individuals that changed the course of American history in the last century



• Entries covering the lives and contributions of ordinary citizens, social movements, religion, culture, the arts, economic and labor issues, and other aspects of American life across the 20th century

• Contributions by accomplished researchers in the field of American social history

• Sidebars providing additional emphasis on important issues and less well-known personalities

• Detailed timelines for every decade, incorporating famous events with pivotal moments that changed the lives of everyday citizens

• A thematically organized index for each of the encyclopedia's ten volumes



"This ten-volume set includes an excellent introduction to the topic for students, inviting them to appreciate the study of social history…Rich with images and data… Additionally, and of great value for high school students, each subject-focused chapter includes its own topical overview, timeline, description and analysis of important events…"

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Pennsylvania School Librarians Association



"BOTTOM LINE: The editors and authors of the set attempted to create a narrative coherence throughout the ten volumes--a feature that separates it from traditional encyclopedia sets on the topic. Recommended for college and university libraries serving lower-division undergraduates."

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Library Journal



"The impressive 10-volume set Social History of the United StateS≪/b> divides history into eras (the 1900s, the 1930s) for each volume, allowing for a narrowed, more detailed examination than most offer… The set is wide-ranging and makes for a top reference pick for both high school and college-level collections strong in sociology and American history. Very highly recommended, it promises to hold lasting research value and is a particularly strong starting point for papers and classroom discussions."

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Midwest Book Review



"This work readily accomplishes its primary goal—namely, to offer a readable and comprehensive social history of American life in the twentieth century for a general audience. For high school and college students researching topics in numerous disciplines this would be an excellent source."

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ARBA



"The introduction asserts that '[O]rdinary people make history,' and the set does a fine job of explaining how their actions, labor, and beliefs collectively shaped the course of 20th-century American life. Each volume covers a single decade and is divided into topical chapters ('Industrialization and Labor Discontent' in 1910s, 'The New Gilded Age and the American Social Divide' in 1990s). While the work discusses major events such as wars and elections, its focus is on how segments of the population, including workers, farmers, women, ethnic groups, and immigrants, either influenced or were affected by those events. The authors also examine popular culture and the impact of print and electronic media on leisure pursuits and consumer behavior. …This compendium provides a fascinating and informative perspective on topics often overlooked in traditional histories, making it an outstanding choice."

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School Library Journal



"This exceptional set discusses the social history of the United States from the 1900s to the 1990s through such themes as Work and the Workplace, Radicalism and Reform, Popular Culture, Sex and Gender, and Religion. . . . For any library, high school, public, or academic wanting to increase its holdings in the field of American History, this is a needed purchase. Highly Recommended."

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Book Description

The history of the United States in the 20th century is not just the story of its famous leaders. It is the story of the laborers caught up in the progressive movement, the soldiers in the trenches, the marchers in the women's and civil rights movements, the minorities fighting for acceptance and legal inclusion, the citizens enduring the Cold War, and other ordinary people living in both ordinary and extraordinary times.


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The impressive 10-volume set SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES divides history into eras (the 1900s, the 1930s) for each volume, allowing for a narrowed, more detailed examination than most offer. From an introductory review of major issues of the era to biographies, discussions of social change and economic influences, and the rise of movements and campaigns across the country, each volume provides bibliographical references for further research. The set is wide-ranging and makes for a top reference pick for both high school and college-level collections strong in sociology and American history. Very highly recommended, it promises to hold lasting research value and is a particularly strong starting point for papers and classroom discussions.
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By Doc W8 on March 31, 2011
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Got this to fill high school library need: social commentary to go with historical commentary for 20th century United States history by the decades. We already have the Gale American Decades set, and the UXL American Decades set. This one supplements nicely, with a focus specifically on social issues. All we need now is 2000-2010.
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