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1919: The Year That Changed America
192p. bibliog. further reading. index. photos. Bloomsbury. Jan. 2019. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781681198019.
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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.

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