Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Thirties in America

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Thirties in America

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The Thirties in America. Edited by Thomas Tandy Lewis. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem, 2011. 3 vols. alkaline $395 (ISBN: 978-1-5876-5725-2). Online access included with print.

The latest in Salem's "Decades" series, this illustrated 3-volume set describes the key people and events of the 1930s in the United States and Canada. The approximately 675 entries are arranged in alphabetical order and cover a host of different topics that range from politics to pop culture. Each entry lists the name of its author; a complete list of authors and the institutions they are affiliated with (where applicable) can be found at the start of the first volume. The entries conclude with a list of further reading along with a "see also" list of other entries of potential interest. The close of the third volume contains appendixes that list notable plays, films, radio programs, songs, books, and sports events of the decade. A timeline of key events is provided, along with a bibliography arranged by subject matter. A list of entries arranged by category, along with a photo index, personages index, and subject index enable users to retrieve information on specific topics.

As one might expect from a text devoted to the 1930s, much attention is given to the Great Depression. …

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