Documents the turbulent decade that had a profound and lasting effect on American life and culture: the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economic downturns, Social Media Sites, the iPhone and more. The encyclopedia serves as a valuable source of reliable information and keen insights for today's students.
This set joins previously published Salem sets on the Twenties, Thirties, Forties, Fifties, Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties, which have been acclaimed as effective teaching aids that enable students to grasp quickly significant aspects of each decade's history. Written to be understood by high school students and college undergraduates, The 2000s in America offers a clear and innovative approach to North America during the 2000s that can also be used by advanced students and scholars. The set covers the full breadth of North American history and culture in 424 alphabetically arranged and easy-to-understand articles and also offers such helpful finding aids as end-of-article cross-references and a category index.
SCOPE AND COVERAGE
This illustrated three-volume encyclopedia is a welcome addition to Salem's award-winning "Decades" series. It covers events, movements, people, trends in popular culture, literature, art, sports, science, technology, economics, and politics in both the United States and Canada.
The 2000s in America features long overviews and short entries discussing people and companies; books, films, and plays; products and technological advances; elections and political movements, and other important topics representative of that era. Every entry focuses on the topic or person during the 2000s—for this work, defined as January, 1, 2000, through December 31, 2009—in order to explore what made the decade unique. Topics that span several decades often provide some background and information on subsequent events to help place "the aughties" in perspective. Written with the needs of students and general readers in mind, The 2000s in America presents clear discussions of its topics, explaining terms and references that may be unfamiliar. Entries fall into the following general categories: arts and architecture, business and economics, crime and the law, disasters and events, film and television, health and medicine, military and war, politics and government, science and technology, sexuality, social issues, and sports and popular culture.
ORGANIZATION AND FORMAT
Every essay begins with a concise title followed by a brief description of the person, organization, work, concept, or event. Further headings attribute authorship, establish a date for the subject, and assign a location. Every essay features an "Impact" section, which examines the subject's broader importance during the 2000s. Every entry offers bibliographical notes, and annotations are provided in essays of 1,000 words or more. Every essay includes an author byline.
This three-volume set also contains 12 appendixes that provide additional information about selected aspects of the decade, including: major films; best-selling US books; top-selling video games; winners of major sports events; top birth names; a glossary of new words and slang; a detailed time line; and an annotated general bibliography.