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The Scribner Encyclopedia Of American Lives The 1960s [in Two Volumes]

O'Neill, William, editor

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ISBN 10: 0684806665 / ISBN 13: 9780684806662
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons/Thomson-Gale, New York, ET AL, 2002
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Title: The Scribner Encyclopedia Of American Lives ...

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons/Thomson-Gale, New York, ET AL

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good-

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: Ex-library.

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This volume includes 500 biographies of Americans -- from the artists and writers to the politicians and military figures, the reformers and the criminals -- who flourished during the tumultuous 1960s. Rather than focusing on a subjects entire life, more detail is placed on events in the life and contributions of the biographee. In addition, the volume is arranged in a handy A-Z format and includes an occupational subject list and comprehensive index.

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The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: The 1960s (SEAL 1960s) is the second in the SEAL Thematic Series dedicated to a specific topic or chronological period in U.S. history. The two alphabetically arranged volumes in SEAL 1960s contain biographical sketches, usually between 1,000 and 2,000 words, of 647 figures who "defined the decade, or who were influential at the time." Americans from different races, socioeconomic groups, classes, and regions of the U.S. are included, along with the occasional person of another nationality who had long periods of residence in the U.S and was an influence on American culture.

The signed entries, written by scholars, begin with a brief summary of the person's chronology and important accomplishments. This is followed by a narrative of the subject's life; the focus is specifically on activities during the 1960s, although other key points are also mentioned. In many cases, a black-and-white photograph accompanies the narrative, which concludes with an assessment of the subject's overall contribution and a brief bibliography listing a few key sources. Sample subjects include Patsy Cline, Robert Crumb, Catherine Genovese, Jasper Johns, Jonathan Kozol, and Jerry Rubin. Researchers failing to locate a specific person can turn to more specialized sources with a narrower focus, such as Leaders from the 1960s: A Biographical Sourcebook of American Activism (Greenwood, 1994), or broader sources, like The Sixties in America (Salem, 1999).

There is little overlap between the coverage here and in other components of SEAL, although someone like Joe Namath or Richard Nixon will appear in more than one volume. In these cases, the entries for SEAL 1960s are newly written. Both an occupations index and an alphabetical list of subjects at the back of volume 2 cover the main SEAL series and thematic subsets. Recommended for all high-school, public, and academic libraries wanting complete SEAL coverage or libraries wanting to supplement their collection of 1960s resources with a purely biographical approach. RBB
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