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Defining Moments

By Kevin Hillstrom

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The Dream of America: Immigration 1870–1920 provides a detailed, factual account of the greatest sustained wave of immigration in US history. This volume explains the economic and political forces that drove emigrants from Europe and other parts of the world, as well as the factors that made America so attractive to millions. It covers all aspects of the immigrants’ experience, including their arduous ocean journeys, their passage through Ellis Island, and their struggles to build a better life in America. Finally, the book provides details of America’s immigration history from the 1920s through the present—including America’s twenty-first-century struggles with illegal immigration.  
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One of the introductory volumes in a series designed to provide authoritative, useful resources on American History, Defining Moments: American Indian Removal and the Trail to Wounded Knee provides readers with a detailed overview of the 1890 massacre of more than 250 Native American men, women, and children by the United States Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. The authors analyze the conditions that led to this horrific event and its effect on the country's political, cultural, and social landscape, then and now. The research presented here is arranged in three distinct sections: narrative overview; biographies, which includes background on principal figures involved in the massacre; and primary sources. This unique and comprehensive volume also includes a glossary of important people, places, and terms, as well as a chronology of events, a subject index, and an annotated list of sources for further study.     
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Among the latest volumes in a series designed to provide authoritative, useful resources on American history, The Great Depression and the New Deal provides a thorough overview of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the Great Depression, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ambitious program of New Deal reforms. The narrative overview explains the economic problems that led up to these events, the impact of the Depression and the New Deal on Americans, the legacy of these events, and their continued relevance in the twenty-first century.
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Defining Moments: The Harlem Renaissance offers a detailed, factual account of the emergence and development of this cultural movement—and its impact up to the present time. Kevin Hillstrom explores the factors that transformed Harlem into the "Capital of Black America" in the 1920s, explains how civil rights activism of the early twentieth century made the Renaissance possible, and discusses the myriad ways in which African American literature, art, and music from the era illuminated black culture and changed the course of American race relations. Biographical information is provided on leading figures involved in the movement, including civil-rights philosopher W. E. B. du Bois, controversial actor and singer Paul Robeson, jazz legend Duke Ellington, and Langston Hughes, the poet laureate of the Harlem Renaissance. A primary source section presents essential documents from the period such as Langston Hughes's famous manifesto of artistic independence, "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain"; dancer Frankie Manning's recollections of the glamorous Savoy Ballroom; Alain Locke's influential essay "Enter the New Negro"; and a selection of poems written by some of the Harlem Renaissance's leading literary voices.
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Fracking

By Kevin Hillstrom

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Discusses the origins and development of fracking, and looks at how the process works as well as its benefits and drawbacks.
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(Defining Moments). (Ages: 12+).
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"Provides an absorbing overview of Senator Joseph McCarthy and his anti-Communist "witch hunts" of the 1950s. Also explores the ways in which the McCarthy era shaped the trajectory of American politics and culture for decades to come. Includes a narrative overview, biographies, primary sources, chronology, glossary, bibliography, and index"--Provided by publisher.
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"Surveys the political events, social trends, and racial attitudes that contributed to a week-long outbreak of violence in Los Angeles in 1943 by white servicemen and civilians against young Mexican-American 'zoot suiters.' Includes a narrative overview,biographies, primary sources, chronology, glossary, bibliography, and index"--Provided by publisher.
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Vaccines

By Kevin Hillstrom

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Provides a history of vaccination, discusses different types of vaccines, and explores both sides of the debate surrounding the link between vaccines and autism.
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