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A New Introduction to American Studies

ISBN 9780582894372
Published November 10, 2005 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

A New Introduction to American Studies provides a coherent portrait of American history, literature, politics, culture and society, and also deals with some of the central themes and preoccupations of American life. It will provoke students into thinking about what it actually means to study a culture.

Ideals such as the commitment to liberty, equality and material progress are fully examined and new light is shed on the sometimes contradictory ways in which these ideals have informed the nation's history and culture.

For introductory undergraduate courses in American Studies, American History and American Literature.

Table of Contents

1. The human and natural environment Peter Coates  2. From settlement to independence Colin Bonwick 3. American political culture Adam I P Smith  4. Slavery and secession Howard Temperley   5. Native Americans Gail D MacLeitch  6. Revisiting the American West Margaret Walsh  7. American immigration Axel R. Schafer  8.  Nineteenth-century American literature Allan Lloyd Smith  9. Industry and technology Christopher Clark  10. The twentieth-century American novel John Whitley  11. Twentieth-century American poetry Daniel Kane  12. Twentieth-century American drama Christopher Bigsby  13. America and war Brian Holden Reid  14.  American women Elizabeth J Clapp  15. Popular culture Nick Heffernan  16. America at the millennium Richard Crockatt


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