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Americans at war : society, culture, and the homefront
Resch, John Phillips.
Publication Information:
Detroit : Macmillan Reference USA, [2005]

Physical Description:
4 volumes : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
v. 1. 1500--1815 -- v. 2. 1816-1900 -- v. 3. 1901-1945 -- v. 4. 1946-present.
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E181 .A453 2005 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
E181 .A453 2005 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
E181 .A453 2005 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
E181 .A453 2005 V.4 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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There are many sources which trace the American war experience abroad. How do wars change daily life at home? This unique, 4-volume ancyclopedia explains how both mobilization for war and wars themselves have altered the fabric of everyday life. Written by scholars in the fields of history, literature and the arts, sociology, law, political science, and psychology, the encyclopedia places major American conflicts - from the Colonial Wars to the war on terrorism - in the context of cultural and social events and conditions on the homefront. It describes the home experience before, during, and after each specific war. Articles range from 350 to 3000 words and include biographies and topics such as civil liberties, media, politics, popular culture, religion, memory and national identity, civic celebrations and monumental art, literature, the roles of women and minorities, veterans, science and technology, humor, and music. This encyclopedia looks beyond military history to show the creative and destructive effects of war on American society and culture - both the positive and negative impacts. women's studies, music, literature and the fine arts, science and technology, sociology, and psychology.

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Booklist Review

War isn't just about battles or campaigns, victories or defeats, territory gained or lost; it's also about people and the effects that war has upon a society. Americans at War0 focuses on how war shaped (and was shaped by) American society, culture, and national identity from 1500 to the present. Each of the volumes covers a different time period: 1500-1815, 1816-1900, 1901-1945, and 1946 to the present. The 395 articles were written by 234 academic and independent scholars and average around two pages in length. Each volume contains the same preface, alphabetical list of entries, topical outline, chronology, glossary, and index. Specific to each volume are an introduction summarizing the period of time being covered and an appendix containing a selection of primary documents. Articles are alphabetically arranged and include selected bibliographies and see also0 references. Sidebars appear throughout the text to supplement topics. Illustrations are in black and white. In addition to events ( Bacon's Rebellion, New York City Draft Riots,0 9-110 ) and people (Abigail Adams, Tokyo Rose, Colin Powell), entries cover topics related to dissent ( Boston Tea Party: politicizing ordinary people;0 Nuclear freeze movement0 ); gender ( Rosie the Riveter, Women integrated into the military0 ); literature ( Uncle Tom's Cabin,0 Cold war novels and movies0 ); politics ( Anti-Federalists,0 Homestead Act0 ); ethnicity ( Black Codes;0 Muslims, stereotypes and fears of 0 );and more. Among the types of primary source documents found in the appendixes (an average of 22 documents per volume) are acts of Congress, court cases, first-person narratives, letters, speeches, and songs. Examples of these documents are the Stamp Act of 1765, the song "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (1861), "Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fireside Chat on the Bank Crisis" (1933), and "Pardon for Vietnam Draft Evaders" (1977). Written for general readers, students, and researchers, Americans at War 0 delivers well-written articles and would make an excellent addition to high-school, academic, and public libraries. --kaye talley Copyright 2005 Booklist

Choice Review

Wars are frequent in American history, and all have shaped the nation and left legacies of much greater importance than originally imagined. Far too often, US wars are mistakenly studied only to learn about battles and casualty counts. This set's 400 thematic articles cover the period 1500 to the present and treat such subjects as politics, economics, social life, religion, entertainment, fashion, and technology. Helpful sections include a table of contents, a roster of contributors, a preface, an introduction, and an index. Each volume supplies a synoptic outline of entries, a chronology, a glossary, and an appendix of primary source documents. A typical entry, "Loyalists of the American Revolution," covers a number of associated topics and has an almost full-page illustration and a good bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; undergraduates. S. R. DiMarco Herkimer County Community College