chapter  20
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Careers in the United States

ByJon P. Briscoe, Douglas T. Hall, Mireia Las Heras, Julie Unite

Perhaps more than any other feature, U.S. culture can be characterized by its individualistic values. From its colonial origins U.S. culture was driven by a desire to pursue religious and political freedom and to live life according to the “beat of one’s own drummer,” as Henry David Thoreau proclaimed in his 1854 book Walden.