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A New Introduction to American Studies

1st Edition

By Howard Temperley, Christopher Bigsby


432 pages

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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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)