Making America: The Society & Culture of the United States

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Luther S. Luedtke
UNC Press Books, 1992 - Social Science - 554 pages
In this richly interdisciplinary work twenty-eight of the nation's leading critics and scholars offer a comprehensive exploration of American society and culture. Each outstanding in his or her own field, the contributors address "America" from a diversit
 

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Contents

Americas Natural Landscapes
41
From Immigration to Acculturation
68
The Frontier Family Dislocation and the American Experience
83
A Consonance of Towns
95
Urban America
110
Cultural Regions of America
129
EXPRESSIONS OF AMERICAN CULTURE
145
American Manners
148
Continuity and Change in American Family Life
306
Women and American Society
325
The Making of Black America
339
Status and Social Class in America
360
The American System of Education
374
VARIETIES OF AMERICAN THOUGHT
391
Religion in America
395
Exploration and the a Culture of Science The Long Goodbye of the Twentieth Century
411

The Artlessness of American Culture
162
A New Architecture Yet Old
174
Creating a National Literature
217
Literature and Values The American Crusoe and the Idea of the West
234
Entertainment and the Mass Media
252
Sports and American Culture
270
SOCIETY AND VALUES
287
Individualism and Equality in the United States
290
American Philosophy
430
Civil Disobedience in American Political Thought
451
The Courts and the Law
463
Gender and Equality in the American Experience
479
Reform and Social Change
498
Contributors
519
Index
521
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About the author (1992)

Luther S. Luedtke is author of Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Romance of the Orient and editor and coauthor of The Study of American Culture.

Luther S. Luedtke is author of Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Romance of the Orient and editor and coauthor of The Study of American Culture.

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