The set covers the full breadth of North American history and culture, with 654 alphabetically arranged, easy to understand articles. The essays in this set range from one half to six pages long, and follow a standard format. Each article begins with a concise title followed by a brief description of the person, organization, work, concept, or event. Every essay features an "Impact" section, which reviews the subject's broader importance during the 1940's. Every article concludes with "See Also" cross references, and bibliographical notes. Volume three contains 17 appendixes providing additional information about major films, Academy Award winners, major Broadway plays, major radio programs, bestselling books and major literary awards, popular musicians and top selling recordings, winners of major sports events, major U.S. legislation, and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The appendixes also include a glossary of new words and slang, a detailed time line, and an annotated bibliography. Also included are three brand new appendixes never before seen in previous Decades sets: annotated lists of U.S. wartime agencies, major World War II battles, and top wartime military leaders.
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