This ten-volume encyclopedia explores the social history of 20th-century America in rich, authoritative detail, decade by decade, through the eyes of its everyday citizens.
Social History of the United States is a cornerstone reference that tells the story of 20th-century America, examining the interplay of policies, events, and everyday life in each decade of the 1900s with unmatched authority, clarity, and insight.
Spanning ten volumes and featuring the work of some of the foremost social historians working today, Social History of the United States bridges the gap between 20th-century history as it played out on the grand stage and history as it affected—and was affected by—citizens at the grassroots level. Covering each decade in a separate volume, this exhaustive work draws on the most compelling scholarship to identify important themes and institutions, explore daily life and working conditions across the economic spectrum, and examine all aspects of the American experience from a citizen’s-eye view. Casting the spotlight on those whom history often leaves in the dark, Social History of the United States is an essential addition to any library collection.
- Entries covering the lives and contributions of ordinary citizens, social movements, religion, culture, the arts, economic and labor issues, and other aspects of American life across the 20th century
- Contributions by accomplished researchers in the field of American social history
- Sidebars providing additional emphasis on important issues and less well-known personalities
- Detailed timelines for every decade, incorporating famous events with pivotal moments that changed the lives of everyday citizens
- A thematically organized index for each of the encyclopedia's ten volumes
- Takes its place as the new essential comprehensive American history encyclopedia covering the 20th century from a social historian's perspective
- Draws on the work of an unprecedented team of expert scholars
- Incorporates a wealth of statistical data in tables and entries to provide quantitative support for historical discussions
- Brings to light lesser-known events and individuals that changed the course of American history in the last century
"BOTTOM LINE: The editors and authors of the set attempted to create a narrative coherence throughout the ten volumes--a feature that separates it from traditional encyclopedia sets on the topic. Recommended for college and university libraries serving lower-division undergraduates."
"The impressive 10-volume set Social History of the United States divides history into eras (the 1900s, the 1930s) for each volume, allowing for a narrowed, more detailed examination than most offer… The set is wide-ranging and makes for a top reference pick for both high school and college-level collections strong in sociology and American history. Very highly recommended, it promises to hold lasting research value and is a particularly strong starting point for papers and classroom discussions."
"The introduction asserts that '[O]rdinary people make history,' and the set does a fine job of explaining how their actions, labor, and beliefs collectively shaped the course of 20th-century American life. Each volume covers a single decade and is divided into topical chapters ('Industrialization and Labor Discontent' in 1910s, 'The New Gilded Age and the American Social Divide' in 1990s). While the work discusses major events such as wars and elections, its focus is on how segments of the population, including workers, farmers, women, ethnic groups, and immigrants, either influenced or were affected by those events. The authors also examine popular culture and the impact of print and electronic media on leisure pursuits and consumer behavior. ...This compendium provides a fascinating and informative perspective on topics often overlooked in traditional histories, making it an outstanding choice."
"This ten-volume set includes an excellent introduction to the topic for students, inviting them to appreciate the study of social history...Rich with images and data… Additionally, and of great value for high school students, each subject-focused chapter includes its own topical overview, timeline, description and analysis of important events..."
"This exceptional set discusses the social history of the United States from the 1900s to the 1990s through such themes as Work and the Workplace, Radicalism and Reform, Popular Culture, Sex and Gender, and Religion. . . . For any library, high school, public, or academic wanting to increase its holdings in the field of American History, this is a needed purchase. Highly Recommended."
"This work readily accomplishes its primary goal—namely, to offer a readable and comprehensive social history of American life in the twentieth century for a general audience. For high school and college students researching topics in numerous disciplines this would be an excellent source."