The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life in America

by Randall M. Miller, General Editor


By examining the cultures and traditions of differing peoples and regions, these four volumes trace the evolution of daily life in America from 1763 to 2005.

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December 2008


Pages 2664
Volumes 4
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics American History/Culture

The course of daily life in the United States has been a product of tradition, environment, and circumstance. How did the Civil War alter the lives of women, both white and black, left alone on southern farms? How did the Great Depression change the lives of working class families in eastern cities? How did the discovery of gold in California transform the lives of native American, Hispanic, and white communities in western territories? Organized by time period as spelled out in the National Standards for U.S. History, these four volumes effectively analyze the diverse whole of American experience, examining the domestic, economic, intellectual, material, political, recreational, and religious life of the American people between 1763 and 2005.

Working under the editorial direction of general editor Randall M. Miller, professor of history at St. Joseph's University, a group of expert volume editors carefully integrate material drawn from volumes in Greenwood's highly successful Daily Life Through History series with new material researched and written by themselves and other scholars. The four volumes cover the following periods: The War of Independence and Antebellum Expansion and Reform, 1763-1861, The Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Industrialization of America, 1861-1900, The Emergence of Modern America, World War I, and the Great Depression, 1900-1940 and Wartime, Postwar, and Contemporary America, 1940-Present. Each volume includes a selection of primary documents, a timeline of important events during the period, images illustrating the text, and extensive bibliography of further information resources—both print and electronic—and a detailed subject index.

Series Description

Daily Life

What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? How did they raise their children? What did they do for fun? From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, and from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the indispensable hands-on volumes of this award-winning series. A truly interdisciplinary resource, the Daily Life series covers arts; religion; food; literature; language; romance; rites of passage and coming of age; marriage customs; social and government structure; sickness and cures; warfare; sports and games; holidays; festivals; and more. With direct ties to the curriculum and supported by the most current research, these authoritative volumes are organized in an accessible narrative chapter format, and supplemented with photos, maps, and other ready-reference materials, Daily Life volumes are ideal sources for general readers and students of world history, United States history, social studies, anthropology, religion, literature, arts, and more.

Each volume provides:
• An exploration of complex eras in history on a level accessible to students and general readers
• Authoritative coverage stemming from the most current scholarship and recent discoveries
• A focus on social rather than political history in key curricular areas, providing an in-depth understanding of the nuts and bolts of daily life
• Interactive, exciting details such as recipes, sheet music, rules for games, song lyrics, and more


"This encyclopedia is an absorbing read and a solid reference work for undergraduate and public libraries. Extensive bibliographies make it a useful purchase for schools with graduate programs in American social history. Summing Up: Highly recommended."Choice

"This excellent resource effectively compiles into one product the narrative information on U.S. daily life widely scattered in books, journal articles, and documents. Covering the entire span of American history, the multivolume work is arranged chronologically and within each time period is subdivided into seven thematic sections covering domestic, economic, intellectual, material, political, recreational, and religious life. Although there are internal coverage variations among the four volumes, the parameters of the set are lucidly described in the preface. Attractively designed with an easy-to-read typeface and black-and-white illustrations interspersed throughout, the work contains a helpful, comprehensive index in each volume, unannotated bibliographies, primary documents with web source citations, and some sidebars and brief appendixes."Library Journal

"Carefully compiled and clearly organized, this 4-volume reference offers students and the general reader a thorough overview of the various parts of daily life in America from its founding through 2005."Reference & Research Book News

"Organized chronologically, each of the four volumes covers a different period in America's history, providing insight on how the events of these periods shaped the day-to-day lives of its citizens. . . . Although there are other encyclopedias on American social history, there are none as extensive in coverage or, even more importantly, as current as The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life in America. This reference resource is a much-needed addition to academic and large public libraries."Booklist

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