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American Civilization: An Introduction

American Civilization: An IntroductionTitoloAmerican Civilization: An Introduction
AutoreMauk, David C. ; Oakland, John
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CategoriaHistory: United States
History: Social History
RilegaturaPaperback
Dati448 p.; ill.
Anno2013
EditoreRoutledge
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Indice e argomenti trattati
List of platesxi
List of figuresxv
List of tablesxvii
Preface and acknowledgementsxix
Chronology of significant dates in American historyxxi
1 The American context1
Ethnic culture
5
Religious culture
8
Political-legal culture
9
Economic culture
10
Media cultures
12
Arts, sports and leisure cultures
12
National identity
13
Social and institutional change
18
American attitudes to US society
19
Exercises
22
Further reading
23
Websites
24
2 The country,25
Political ecology
26
Natural resources, economic development and environmental concerns
26
Climate
35
The regions: cultural geography
37
Native American cultural regions
37
Cultural regions in the contemporary US
41
Changing public attitudes: where do we go from here?
50
Exercises
51
Further reading
52
Websites
52
3 The people: settlement and immigration53
Mother of exiles
54
Early encounters between Europeans and Native Americans
56
The founders
57
The first wave: colonial immigration, 1680-1776
59
The second wave: the "old" immigrants, 1820-90
61
Settlement patterns and nativism
62
The third wave: the "new" immigrants, 1890-1930
64
A renewed immigration debate and immigration restriction
64
Wartime policies and the search for principle in immigration policy
67
The fourth wave: 1965 to the present
68
Attitudes to immigrants: the contemporary debate
71
Exercises
75
Further reading
76
Websites
76
4 The people: women and minorities77
The reason for American women's and minority history
78
Women in America
78
Native Americans
85
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans
94
African Americans
96
Asian Americans
103
Latinos
107
Exercises
113
Further reading
113
Websites
114
5 Religious cultures115
Religious history
117
Contemporary US religion
125
Church, state and politics
130
Religion and education
133
Attitudes to religion
135
Exercises
138
Further reading
138
Websites
139
6 Political institutions: the federal government141
Historical origins
142
The constitutional framework
143
The political parties
149
The legislative branch
154
The executive branch
161
The judicial branch
175
Attitudes to branches of the federal government
178
Exercises
179
Further reading
180
Websites
180
7 Political institutions: state and local government181
The place of state government in American federalism
182
The evolution of state government and federalism in the US
185
The structure of state government
188
Local government
192
Exercises
197
Further reading
197
Websites
198
8 Foreign policy199
A nation apart? American attitudes to world affairs
200
From neutrality to isolationism, 1776-1830
204
From expansionism to imperialism, 1783-1914
205
Isolationism and internationalism, 1914-45
208
The Cold War era, 1946-92
211
The sole superpower in the post-Cold War era
216
The foreign policy establishment debate
220
Exercises
223
Further reading
224
Websites
225
9 The legal system227
Legal history
230
The sources of US law
233
The court system
233
Federal and state court proceedings
238
The legal profession
240
Crime and punishment
243
Attitudes to the legal system
250
Exercises
252
Further reading
252
Websites
253
10 The economy255
Economic history
256
American economic liberalism: theory and practice
261
Social class and economic inequality
263
The contemporary economy
264
Industry and manufacturing
269
Service industries
270
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
271
Environmental issues
272
Financial and industrial institutions
274
Attitudes to the economic system
279
Exercises
281
Further reading
281
Websites
282
11 Social services283
Social services history
285
The organization of contemporary social services
289
Public social services
289
The needy and the poverty line
294
Voluntary services
295
Healthcare
296
Housing
301
Attitudes to social services
305
Exercises
307
Further reading
307
Websites
308
12 Education309
American attitudes to education: high expectations
310
American educational history
311
Elementary and secondary schools
319
Higher education
327
Recent problems and policy debates
331
Exercises
333
Further reading
334
Websites
334
13 The media337
Media history
340
Freedom of the media
344
The contemporary print media
346
The contemporary broadcasting media
351
The internet and new media sources
357
Attitudes to the media
359
Exercises
361
Further reading
361
Websites
362
14 Arts, sports and leisure cultures363
The arts
366
Sports
378
Leisure
384
Exercises
388
Further reading
389
Websites
390
Appendices
Declaration of Independence in Congress, July 4, 1776
391
Constitution of the United States of America and Amendments
394
Index413

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