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The Great Depression
Hanes, Richard Clay, 1946-
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale, [2002]

Physical Description:
3 volumes : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm.
v. 1. A-E -- v. 2. F-Po -- v. 3. Pr-Z.



Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
E806 .G827 2002 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
E806 .G827 2002 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
E806 .G827 2002 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Booklist Review

Designed for high-school students, this set presents the Great Depression in terms of 45 key topics arranged alphabetically from "American Indians" to "Tennessee Valley Authority." Among other chapters are "Everyday Life," "Global Impact," "Labor and Industry," "Political Ideologies--Leaning Left," "Public Health," and "Radio." Chapters are 20 pages or more in length and consist of a standard format. In "Literature," for example, a brief introduction is followed by a chronology of relevant events, from the Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Sinclair Lewis in 1926 to the publication of James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men in 1941. "Issue Summary" provides an overview of literary trends, such as the proletarian fiction of John Dos Passos and John Steinbeck, and puts them into context. "Contributing Forces" lays out the conditions and events that helped create these trends. "Perspectives" reflects opinions and views of people both inside and outside the New York literary establishment, and "Impact" discusses later literary developments. "Notable People" presents brief profiles of five key writers, while "Primary Sources" provides excerpts from some key documents, including Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Richard Wright's Uncle Tom's Children. The chapter winds up with a list of suggested research topics (for example, "What were the benefits of government support for writers enrolled in the Federal Writers' Project?"), a bibliography, and cross-references to other chapters. The text is supported by maps, photographs, and sidebars At the end of each volume, the student has access to a glossary of terms and phrases and a general bibliography that is subdivided into books, periodicals, novels, and Web sites. Also found in each volume is a detailed cumulative index. This set examines in great detail an important period in U.S. history, offering social, cultural, and ideological as well as historical perspective. It is recommended for public and high-school libraries.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-This is the inaugural set of a new reference series tracing "-the social, cultural, political, religious, and ideological threads that combined to create an historic event." This entry revolves around the 1929 stock market crash and its long-lasting impact on America. In addition to events taking place in the 1930s, it covers post-1930 history such as World War II mobilization and LBJ's Great Society social programs. Each of the 45 articles (e.g., "Education," "Everyday Life," "Farm Relief," "Housing," "Public Health," and "Women in Public Life") contains a brief introduction, a chronology, a summary of the topic in the context of the Depression, discussion of contributing forces, varying historical viewpoints, and the impact on American life. Associated individuals, firsthand accounts from both "the common citizen and notable people," a few suggested research topics, and a short bibliography are also included. Black-and-white reproductions, many from the Library of Congress's collections, and sidebars discussing related issues supplement the main text. Each volume begins with the same three-page general chronology and alphabetical and chronological tables of contents; a master index, glossary, and general bibliography follow the entries. Informative, easy to read, and exceptionally well organized, this resource is a useful addition.-Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.