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Introduction

In this book we aim to explore modern American culture from an ‘American Studies’ position, which espouses an interdisciplinary approach to our chosen themes. We will explore a range of potential ways to study American culture, in order to encourage students, who may have little experience either of America or interdisciplinary work, to develop their engagement with both of these in tandem. Our focus is largely on the twentieth-century experience, but where appropriate, for instance, in the chapter on regions or on African Americans, we have included material from earlier periods in order to provide an important context or sense of continuity.