This Is Who We Were

This Is Who We Were

A Companion to the 1940 Census

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
"A companion resource to the 1940 Census just released by the US National Archives, This is Who We Were, provides the reader with a deeper understanding of what life was like in America in 1940 and how it compares statistically to life today. Using both original material from the 1940 CEnsus (reprinted here in a different color), readers will find richly-illustrated Personal Profiles, Economic Data, and Current Events to give meaning and depth to what life was like in 1940 America as the country was emerging from depression, but on the verge of war. Next, a wide range of data from the 1940 and 2010 Census are put side-by-side so users can quickly and easily see differences and similarities over these past 70 years."--Publisher's website.

Book News
In this encyclopedic companion to the recently-released data from the 1940 U.S. Census, Derks, the editor of The Working Americans series, enlivens the statistics with profiles of American families who lived between the Great Depression and World War II. Background material and articles from newspapers and other sources on the years right before and after the 1940 Census are followed by tables ranking states on demographic variables, and presenting comparative data from the 1940 and 2010 Census. Chronologies include firsts and turning points in the early, mid and late 1930s, and 1940. Subsequent sections provide year-by-year information on how much things cost and their worth in today's dollars. Original pieces reveal what people were reading, writing, watching, and listening to in that era. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Amenia, NY : Grey House Pub., c2012
ISBN: 9781619250079
Branch Call Number: 317 1940, D445t
Characteristics: xliii, 458 p. : ill. ; 29 cm


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