Looking for social, cultural, or political background on a time period in American history? Two sets of e-books from Gale Virtual Reference Library will help you get started on your research.
American Decades is a 10 volume set which covers the time period 1900 through 1999. Each volume is devoted to a decade and provides a chronology of world events for that decade, background essays, and chapters that view the decade through the lens of arts, medicine and health, media, education, world events, religion, government and politics, lifestyles and social trends, law and justice, religion, business and the economy, and sports.
American Decades Primary Sources, a companion 10 volume set also covering each decade from 1900 through 1999, contains full-text or excerpted historical documents such as: oral histories, songs, speeches, advertisements, TV and movie scripts, letters, laws and legal decisions, newspaper articles, cartoons, and recipes .
LEFT: "Willie and Joe" cartoon and caption by Bill Mauldin from his book Up Front. Published in "World War II Cartoons," American Decades Primary Sources, Vol. 5: 1940-1949.
[FIND Gale Virtual Reference in our “Databases by Subject” list in the E-Books category; or search the titles, American Decades or American Decades Primary Sources, in the Suffolk University Online Catalog and click on Gale Virtual Reference Library.]