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List of Plates. List of Figures. List of Tables. Preface and Acknowledgements. Chronology of Significant Dates in American History 1. The American Context 2. The Country 3. The People: Settlement and Immigration 4. The People: Women and Minorities 5. Political Institutions: The Federal Government 6. Political Institutions: Local Government 7. Foreign Policy 8. The Legal System 9. The Economy 10. Social Services 11. Education 12. The Media 13. Religion 14. The Arts, Sports and Leisure. Further Reading. Websites. Appendix: Declaration of Independence in Congress, 4th July 1776. The Constitution of the United States of America and Amendments. Index