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1919 the Year That Changed America
Contributor(s): Sandler, Martin W.

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ISBN: 1681198010     ISBN-13: 9781681198019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2019

Annotation: Examines the pivotal events in United States history during the year 1919, from women's suffrage and labor union strikes to communism scares and the temperance movement, discussing their relevance to significant issues in American life today.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Social movements; United States; History; 20th century; Juvenile literature.
Nineteen nineteen, A.D.; Juvenile literature.
Social movements; United States.; sears
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Issues
Dewey: 973.91/3
LCCN: 2018012754
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (2.20 lbs) 192 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Martin W. Sandler is the award-winning author of Imprisoned, Lincoln Through the Lens, The Dust Bowl Through the Lens, and Kennedy Through the Lens. He has won five Emmy Awards for his writing for television and is the author of more than sixty books, two of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and four of which were YALSA-Nonfiction Award finalists. Sandler has taught American history and American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Smith College, and lives in Massachusetts.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

In six lucid chapters, Sandler (Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed Everything) details headline-dominating events from 1919, "one of the most momentous years in the nation's history." After a riveting start devoted to a single, highly destructive incident—Boston's Great Molasses Flood, which led to building code, municipal oversight, and corporate liability precedents—Sandler proceeds to topics with a longer history, some of whose reverberations continue today: the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, widespread racial strife, waves of red scares that spread the fear of a Communist takeover, labor unrest, and the advent of Prohibition. For each subject, Sandler provides historical context, recounts the specific events of 100 years ago, and traces the impact through to the present day. He succeeds to varying degrees in making connections between women's presence in government and business, the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration, white supremacy, climate change, gun control, and public health. Even so, Sandler's narrative skill and eye for detail, and the abundant archival photos throughout, make for an engrossing resource. Further reading, sources, credits, and an index augment the text. Ages 10-14. (Jan.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 November)

Gr 7 Up—This readable journey through the year 1919 begins with an attention-grabbing and rather strange episode in U.S. history, the Great Molasses Flood. Each subsequent chapter follows a different large-scale event in 1919 that greatly affected the United States: Prohibition, women's suffrage, the red scare, labor strikes, and the Red Summer. At the end of each section, a "One Hundred Years Later" segment takes the historical social issue previously covered and shows how it affects contemporary society, with relatable examples included. Time lines throughout the volume demonstrate for readers how progress isn't always linear and how change can happen slowly, if at all. Filled with full-color pictures and extremely descriptive captions, students are transported in time to a period of turmoil and victory. VERDICT Well researched and presented in an attractive manner, Sandler's text delivers a solid look at a pivotal year.—Stephanie Wilkes, Good Hope Middle School, West Monroe, LA

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
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