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However, should tight budgets allow only one choice, this reviewer sides with Forties, as its broader scope presents a bigger slice of that decade's pie.
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The Twenties in America
Editor: Thomas Tandy Lewis,
St. Cloud State University
September 2010 · 3 volumes · 1,282 pages · 8"x10"
The Forties in America
Comprehensive coverage of the impact of the years 1940-1949 on the United States and Canada. With free, unlimited online access to all the "Decades" titles in your collection.
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Three volumes, including 1,282 pages
654 articles and numerous lists and tables
325 photos, 23 maps, 19 charts, and 55 sidebars
Appendixes, indexes and resource listings
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Joining previously published Salem sets on The Fifties, The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, and The Nineties in America, The Forties in Americaoffers a clear and innovative approach to North America during the 1940's. The set covers the full breadth of North American history and culture, with 654 alphabetically arranged, easy-to-understand articles.
Every decade in the 20th century is closely identified with at least one landmark event or major turning point. During the 1940's that key event was World War II. World War II not only fully preoccupied the United States and Canada through nearly half the decade; it also left both nations and virtually the entire world fundamentally changed. No other twentieth century event had a transformational impact on its decade as great as that of World War II on the 1940's. However, while, The Forties in America, devotes a great deal of space to the war, it does not do so at the cost of neglecting other subjects. The set makes a special effort to treat the war within the context of its impact on nonmilitary aspects of American and Canadian life. Hence, while it covers the essential military details of the war-major campaigns, selected battles, important weapons, and principal military commanders-it places considerable emphasis on how those and other aspects of the war affected government, business, culture, and daily lives. Subjects of the 654 essays include political and military leaders, athletes, entertainment figures, films, books, radio and television shows, plays, events, fads, products, technology, and overviews of such broad issues as agriculture, business, communications, demographics, education, housing, literature, radio, religion, race relations, politics, science, and the arts.
The essays in this set range from one-half to six pages long, and follow a standard format. Each article begins with a concise title followed by a brief description of the person, organization, work, concept, or event. Every essay features an "Impact" section, which reviews the subject's broader importance during the 1940's. Every article concludes with "See Also" cross-references, and bibliographical notes. Lastly, each article is signed by its author.
Volume three contains 17 appendixes providing additional information about major films, Academy Award winners, major Broadway plays and awards, major radio programs, bestselling books and major literary awards, popular musicians and top-selling recordings, winners of major sports events, major U.S. legislation, and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The appendixes also include a glossary of new words and slang, a detailed time line, and an annotated bibliography. Also included are three brand-new appendixes never before seen in previous Decades sets: annotated lists of U.S. wartime agencies, major World War II battles, and top wartime military leaders.