Entrepreneurship and invention have been a cornerstone of the American mindset since the formation of this country. This volume examines the everyday lives of those entrepreneurs and inventors, and their fascinating journey from the inception of their product or company to its ultimate success or failure.
Profiles illustrate how these individuals came up with their idea, the formation their product or company, occasional struggles with trying to patent their idea, and so much more. These intriguing profiles are further 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.
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.
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 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.
The Working Americans series has enriched the collections of high school, public and academic libraries for over a decade. This new volume introduces the reader to the American entrepreneurial spirit, through the lives of ordinary Americans who took a chance on their idea.
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