Several sources helped me lay the groundwork for each chapter. America in the Twentieth Century, a ten-volume set published by Marshall Cavendish in 1995, treats the century decade by decade in books written by various authors. The series is generously illustrated and rich with detail in a very readable format. It expertly incorporates minority histories and concerns into the more general sweep of American history, and it appears to be designed specifically for teen readers. The American Decades series by Gale, for a more mature audience, covers a much wider range of material arranged by topic. David Wallechinsky People's Almanac Presents the 20th Century ( 1995), designed primarily to be entertaining, was useful for double- checking general facts and dates and occasionally for alerting me to information about teens and about popular culture that did not appear in the more general sources. Eyewitness to America, edited by David Colbert ( 1997), is a collection of firsthand accounts of events in American history, beginning in 1492 and ending in 1994 (with an essay about one man's email conversation with Bill Gates of Microsoft). Elliott West Growing Up in Twentieth-Century America ( 1996) focuses on children more than on adolescents, but it is especially good on housing, school, and work patterns affecting young people. Mark West study Children, Culture, and Controversy ( 1988) was informative about attempts to censor young people's reading and media. Literature for Today's Young Adults, the classic text edited by Alleen Pace Nilsen and Ken Donelson and now in its fourth edition, helped with the history of young adult literature and related educational patterns.