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Title:
American decades primary sources
Author:
Rose, Cynthia.
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
volumes cm
Language:
English
Contents:
[1] 1900-1909 -- [2] 1910-1919 -- [3] 1920-1929 -- [4] 1930-1939 -- [5] 1940-1949 -- [6] 1950-1959 -- [7] 1960-1969 -- [8] 1970-1979 -- [9] 1980-1989 -- [10] 1990-1999.
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Central Library E169.1 .A471977 2004 1920-1929 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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Central Library E169.1 .A471977 2004 1940-1949 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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Central Library E169.1 .A471977 2004 1950-1959 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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Central Library E169.1 .A471977 2004 1930-1939 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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Central Library E169.1 .A471977 2004 1990-1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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Central Library E169.1 .A471977 2004 1960-1969 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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Central Library E169.1 .A471977 2004 1900-1909 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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Central Library E169.1 .A471977 2004 1970-1979 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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Central Library E169.1 .A471977 2004 1980-1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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Central Library E169.1 .A471977 2004 1910-1919 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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Summary

Summary

"American Decades Primary Sources is designed as a stand-alone set and also as a companion to Thomson Gale's 10-volume "American Decades Series. Each "Primary Sources volume covers a decade in American history corresponding to an original "American Decades volume, amplifying and illuminating the decade with first-hand accounts and other primary source documentation. Each volume includes approximately 165 full-text or excerpted historical documents from the period representing a diversity of views that provide insight into the seminal issues, themes, movements and events from the decade. These documents include advertisements, commercials, diaries, literary works, newspaper articles, memoirs, periodical articles, speeches and other types of primary source materials.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Aimed at the high-school and undergraduate levels, but definitely accessible to middle-schoolers, this set is a treasure trove of more than 2,000 primary sources on U.S. history and culture represented by more than 75 types of sources, such as architectural drawings, graphs, letters, magazine articles, memoirs, reports, Supreme Court decisions, speeches, and literary works. Each volume focuses on one decade of the twentieth century. Readers will find materials related to the Gibson Girl, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, antilynching campaigns, the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, the Eames chair, penicillin, The Power of Positive Thinking, 0 The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, the Apollo 110 lunar landing mission, the American Indian movement, Roe 0 v. Wade0 , the Apple IIc computer, Jane Fonda's Workout Book,0 Angels in America,0 the Million Man March, and the Ebola virus--and this is just a glimmer. The volumes are consistently arranged. An introductory section that provides excellent ideas and materials for lesson plans is followed by 12 subject-specific sections, for example, "The Arts," "Education," "Law and Justice," and "Lifestyles and Social Trends." Each of these 12 sections begins with its own table of contents and a chronology that is related to the subject for the relevant decade. Arranged chronologically within each section, each of the approximately 200 primary sources per volume includes a brief essay offering historical background and context, sidebars, illustrations (themselves often primary sources), key facts, a synopsis, and further resources. The consistency of the 12 section subjects throughout the set allows a patron to follow a thread, such as civil rights or medical advances, across the twentieth century. Each volume concludes with a list of general resources (books and Web sites), a primary source type index, and general volume index. Given the sheer physical size of the set (it weighs in at 51 pounds), an electronic version--or, better yet, its incorporation into one of Gale's current databases, such as History Resource Center: U.S.0 --is desirable. However, although electronic search capabilities would certainly speed access to a particular document, the presentation of information in print form offers opportunities for serendipitous browsing--and learning--not yet duplicated in the online world. This resource is excellent as a companion to the American Decades 0 (Gale, 1996-2000) set or as a stand-alone. Even if a library had access to all of the books, periodicals, and other items used as sources, they would lack the surrounding context and the added features, not to mention the convenience. Secondary school libraries in states with curriculum standards that require access to primary resources should place this on their priority purchase lists if they can afford it. Undergraduate and public libraries supporting historical research should also consider purchase. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist


Choice Review

A companion to Gale's American Decades chronologies, this large set of primary documentary materials joins the long line of American history document compilations (e.g., Great Issues in American History, ed. by Richard Hofstadter, 3v., 1958-69; Documents in American History, ed. by Henry Steele Commager, 2v., 1988). It differs from them in focusing on American cultural and intellectual history, leaving politics to other sources. At its best, this set serves as a primer to 20th-century American thought and culture, including popular culture. Each volume (averaging 600-700 pages) focuses on a decade, subarranged by a uniform series of themes--the arts, business, education, fashion, the media, medicine, religion, science, and sports. About 30 scholars (not all academic historians) made the selections and wrote introductory commentary. Each volume reproduces about 200 primary sources in concise, presentable format. Individual selections supply interpretive commentary that places the document in historical context, followed by a short bibliography. Numerous black-and-white photos and images illustrate the text; some are themselves primary sources. Color illustrations would be an improvement. Teachers of introductory history courses have perceived a need to expose students to the primary research materials of history. Some Internet sites enable access to primary sources; this Gale set does so too, adding an explanatory framework. "Primary source" is given an open-ended interpretation, so includes virtually every conceivable kind of document or object in more than 75 formats--song lyrics to paintings, novel excerpts, CD liner notes, advertisements, photographs, and the like. However commendable in concept, many of the primary sources are represented only briefly (two pages from Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath), making the commentary the defining element, often overwhelming the brief primary extract. Not all primary sources are successfully presented. Normally, primary materials are shaped toward some defined end, often to document a thesis or answer a historical question. Many sources given here, although inherently interesting, are tools with no intended use. In spite of these caveats, the set fills a reference niche. ^BSumming Up: Recommended with reservations. Undergraduate collections. K. Potts California State University--Stanislaus


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