Monday, May 23, 2016

Working Americans: A Historical Collection

The library’s reference collection contains hundreds of titles of interesting, up to date information about all manner of subjects, but did you know you could find some of those books online? One of the best resources available is Working Americans.

Each volume of the Working Americans series by Grey House Publishing covers a different aspect of American life. Click the link to check out the following with descriptions from the publisher:

Working Americans Vol. 1: The Working Class, 2nd Edition

The updated Second Edition of this important reference work focuses on the lifestyles and economic life of working class families and looks, decade by decade, into the kind of work they did, the homes they lived in, the food and clothes they bought, the entertainment they sought as well as the society and history that shaped the world Americans worked in from 1880 to 2012. From the wealth of government surveys, social worker histories, economic data, family diaries and letters, newspaper and magazine features, this unique reference assembles a remarkably personal and realistic look at the lives of ordinary working Americans.

Working Americans Vol. 5: Americans at War, 2nd Edition

Like the other titles in the series, Working Americans: American at War observes the lives of various Americans, decade by decade. This new edition extends its period of examination to 2015, and includes the most recent conflicts America has faced, including those in Afghanistan and Iraq. Americans at War considers how war has affected past and present Americans of all economic levels—steamship magnate to inner-city teenager—and at all levels of participation—West Point graduate to a telephone engineer. By studying both those who have fought at the front lines and those at home who support (or oppose) war efforts, this title examines the pulse of the nation, its reaction, and its ability to adapt to the ever-changing face of the world under the shadow of strife.

Working Americans Vol. 6, 2nd Ed: Women at Work

Working Americans: Women at Work observes the lives of various Americans, decade by decade. This new edition profiles women young and old, from a wide range of geographical and social backgrounds, and from a vast variety of professions. Some profiles focus on fortune, some on fame, some on a regular paycheck, and some on no paycheck at all, but all demonstrate the continuous challenge faced by working women in America—whether they pushed papers, pitched baseballs, played the piano, changed public opinion, or joined the Navy.

Working Americans Vol. 7: Social Movements

The text examines the lives of 34 individuals who have worked—often behind the scenes—to bring about change. Issues include topics as diverse as the Anti-smoking movement of 1901 to efforts by Native Americans to reassert their long lost rights. Along the way, the book will profile individuals brave enough to demand suffrage for Kansas women in 1912 or demand an end to lynching during a march on Washington in 1923.

Working Americans Vol. 11: Inventors & Entrepreneurs

Working Americans 1880-2009 Volume XI: Inventors & Entrepreneurs examines the everyday life of American entrepreneurs and inventors, and the fascinating journey from the inception of their product or company, to its ultimate success or failure.
Intriguing profiles in each decade-long chapter are supplemented with information on current events, community issues, pricing of the times and news articles to give the reader a broader understanding of what was happening in that individual’s world and how it shaped their life.

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