A New Introduction to American Studies provides a coherent portrait of American history, literature, politics, culture and society, and also deals with some of the central themes and preoccupations of American life. It will provoke students into thinking about what it actually means to study a culture.

Ideals such as the commitment to liberty, equality and material progress are fully examined and new light is shed on the sometimes contradictory ways in which these ideals have informed the nation's history and culture.

For introductory undergraduate courses in American Studies, American History and American Literature.

chapter |6 pages


chapter 4|23 pages

Slavery and secession Howard Temperley

chapter 5|25 pages

Native Americans Gail D. MacLeitch

chapter 7|23 pages

American immigration Axel R. Schäfer

chapter 9|22 pages

Industry and technology Christopher Clark

chapter 13|24 pages

America and war Brian Holden Reid

chapter 14|26 pages

American women Elizabeth J. Clapp

chapter 15|24 pages

Popular culture Nick Heffernan

chapter 16|21 pages

America at the millennium Richard Crockatt