Working Americans 1770-1869: From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War examines what life was like for the earliest of Americans. 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.
Family or Individual Profiles: Profiles examine life at home, at work and in the community. The highly-readable narrative is supported by hard facts and real life situations drawn from diaries, private print books, family histories, estate documents, magazine articles and more. Profiles extend through all walks of life, from farmers to merchants, the rich and poor, men, women and children.
Historical Snapshots: Chronicles major events and milestones, allowing the reader to develop a broader understanding of the time period.
Timelines: Defines the background and key events of a particular issue important to the time period.
News Features: Excerpted from the local media, these thought-provoking articles put the issues affecting the family or individual in context.
Selected Prices: Examines what things cost during the time period, to further enrich the reader’s understanding. Prices include food items, clothing, jewelry, tickets for leisure activities and so much more.
Illustrations: Photographs, news clippings, advertisements, postcards, posters, quotes, songs and cartoons, add interest to each chapter and depth to the reader’s understanding of the world that the individual or family lived in.
Using these information-packed chapters, readers can develop an understanding of what life was like for all types of Americans as our country was born and grew. A remarkable volume for a remarkable time. An important acquisition for high school, public and academic libraries as well as history reference collections.
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