This informative two-volume set provides readers with an understanding of the fads and crazes that have taken America by storm from colonial times to the present. Entries cover a range of topics, including food, entertainment, fashion, music, and language.
Why could hula hoops and TV westerns only have been found in every household in the 1950s? What murdered Russian princess can be seen in one of the first documented selfies, taken in 1914? This book answers those questions and more in its documentation of all of the most captivating trends that have defined American popular culture since before the country began.
Entries are well-researched and alphabetized by decade. At the start of every section is an insightful historical overview of the decade, and the set uniquely illustrates what today's readers have in common with the past. It also contains a Glossary of Slang for each decade as well as a bibliography, plus suggestions for further reading for each entry. Students and readers interested in history will enjoy discovering trends through the years in such areas as fashion, movies, music, and sports.
- Presents well-researched, factual material accessibly and engagingly
- Presents what was popular in each decade through short sidebars
- Illustrates what today's readers have in common with Americans of the past
- Includes a historical overview of each decade
- Contains a Glossary of Slang, a bibliography, and suggestions for further reading on each decade
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"This extremely browsable, entertaining title is a pithier option to the Time-Life 'Decades' series and will appeal to trivia fans as well as those desiring to relive the past's fun, unusual, or influential fads and activities."
"With its clear and concise writing style, this is an excellent addition to high school and academic libraries serving beginning students in American Studies and twentieth-century American history."
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