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Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century Edition 1. 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0132105354
ISBN-10: 0132105357
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In his introduction, editor Kutler, the E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions at the University of Wisconsin^-Madison, selects telling statistics on population, race, employment, and immigration to contrast the U.S. of 1900 to that of the 1990s. These figures dramatize the extent of change the nation has experienced over this century. The lengthy analytical essays he thereby introduces explore the many realms and complex causes of unprecedented change. Those essays are organized into six broad categories (here with their respective numbers): "The American People" (10) and "Politics" (12) in volume 1; "Global America" (8) and "Science, Technology, and Medicine" (11) in volume 2; "The Economy" (16) in volume 3; and "Culture" (17) in volume 4. Within these broad categories, individual essays address such topics as the nation's regions, the three branches of the federal government, the world wars, ethnicity, gender, wealth and poverty, the business cycle, taxation, major religions, the arts, sports, and clothing and appearance. Most of the 80 contributors are historians, but professors of law, political science, theology, English, and the arts also wrote entries.

The authors put forth various theories and interpretations used by contemporary scholarship to explain their topics and present opposing ideas in an objective way. Given the complex interplay of social, economic, and political influences on every institution over the course of the century, discussions of economics or politics are as common in articles in "The American People" or the "Culture" sections as in the "Politics" or "The Economy" sections. Indeed, subdivision headings within articles often incorporate these terms. Given the scope and length of the essays (spanning 20 to 30 double-columned pages), the subdivisions are helpful in locating discussion of particular aspects of a topic. It would have been helpful if an outline of its contents appeared at the head of each article. Black-and-white maps and tables are provided, and a few entries, especially in volume 4 ("Culture" ), are illustrated with black-and-white photographs. A thorough index in volume four provides access to specific topics. It includes numerous references to personal names, and its broad topical entries are refined through numerous specific subdivisions. This index is also reprinted in a separate paperback volume that includes a chronology. Because the set is in a classified, not an alphabetical, arrangement, use of the index will be necessary.

Each essay concludes with a bibliographic essay that guides readers to additional sources and evaluates the sources drawn on and quoted within the essays themselves. The writers focus on the how and why of societal change. For example, those who today make bold predictions for the ways in which the Internet will change society would do well to read the essay on computer and communications technology; it relates similar past claims, yet to be fulfilled, for the telephone and other technologies. Indeed, anyone who wants to understand how some aspect of American culture or society has come to be what it is today would do well to turn to the appropriate essay in this encyclopedia. In its breadth it makes a unique contribution while it simultaneously complements sources that focus on the what and when of American history. As we approach the millennium, reference publishers are issuing works that attempt to sum up the century. Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century succeeds well in doing this for an academic audience.


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