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By Gary W. McDonogh

As a gathering element for global cultures, america is characterised by means of its breadth and variety. Acknowledging that range is the basic characteristic of yank tradition, this quantity is equipped round a willing wisdom of race, gender, classification and house and with over 1,200 alphabetically-arranged entries - spanning 'the American century' from the tip of worldwide warfare II to the current day - the Encyclopedia presents a one-stop resource for insightful and stimulating insurance of all elements of that culture.
Entries variety from brief definitions to longer assessment essays and with complete cross-referencing, huge indexing, and a thematic contents checklist, this quantity offers a necessary cultural context for either academics and scholars of yankee reports, in addition to delivering interesting insights into American tradition for the overall reader. The feedback for additional interpreting, which follows such a lot entries, also are necessary publications to extra really good resources.

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