Culture and Customs of the United States by Benjamin F. Shearer

By Benjamin F. Shearer

American existence and tradition is actually distinct in that it was once born from many different cultures around the globe. while immigrants migrated to the Land of chance, they introduced with them items in their personal history: meals, religions, vacations, fairs, song, and paintings, simply to identify a couple of. via time, those customs have constructed into what we now recognize as American lifestyles. discover how even in the US, a variety of cultures and customs vary from New England to the Midwest to the Pacific. realize what number religions are practiced all around the state, and the way every one sect differs in its occasion. find out how gender performs an immense position in American society, and the way issues have replaced and improved some time past century. Readers will know about American holidays-religious, federal, or even these fabricated by way of Hallmark and tv! activities, relaxation actions, and model additionally play an immense function in American tradition, as mentioned during this all-encompassing paintings. notice how American delicacies has developed from different cultures, resembling Italian, Greek, Mexican, chinese language, Indian, and West Africa, and the way each one quarter has its personal indigenous dishes, together with New England clam chowder, Southern jambalaya, and Mid-western lutefisk. modern and vintage literature is additionally mentioned, besides the evolution of poetry. Readers will know about the advance of mass media, in addition to the expansion of cinema and movies from the 1st silent movie to modern renowned blockbuster trilogy Pirates of the Caribbean. song and dance also are mentioned intimately, protecting the hot York Philharmonic to Woodstock. modern paintings and structure is mentioned in addition to different types of housing throughout all of the areas of the U.S. This precise two-volume addition to the tradition and Customs of the area sequence supplies highschool scholars, either nationwide and overseas, the opportunity to check the U.S. from the surface in. The mosaic of yank tradition involves existence during this expansive but distinct research of what makes the us a posh mix of customs and traditions.

Each quantity during this entire two-volume research deals chapters that aspect how American lifestyles used to be born and the way it has grown, overlaying the heritage of customs in addition to how traditions at the moment are celebrated in New England, the South, the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest, in addition to Alaska and Hawaii. Narrative chapters contain the next:

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Many make pencil rubbings of the names of family members or loved ones whose lives were lost during the Vietnam War. Getty Images/PhotoDisc. C. will prove exciting or harrowing, depending on one’s psychic disposition. There is plenty of time for sightseeing from the car while under way, unless trucks block the view, because the multiple lanes of the highway are randomly closed every few miles to repair parts of the road that have crumbled under the weight of millions of tons of daily traffic, salt to melt ice in the winter, and the natural effects of winter freezing and spring thaws.

In fact, the American penchant for efficient use of time—gulping down fast food, always on time for appointments—seems to have created a robotic society tuned to the clock as if in the last two minutes of a football game. When expectations are not met—if a traffic jam causes one to be late, for example—Americans feel a certain stress that may manifest itself as haughtiness. Yet as self-reliant problem solvers, they also believe that whatever caused the system to go awry can be fixed. We will see in more detail later that Americans are generally a religious people, and America is home to perhaps 150 or more religious groups.

These immigrants spread from the west to the Atlantic Ocean. There was a substantial migration from established Mexican cultures northward into the Mississippi Valley and beyond through which the cultivation of maize spread. They created empires, trading routes, and a great number of distinct languages and cultures. They were artists, artisans, farmers, hunters, and traders who raised families in religious traditions with social values. The complexity of the native cultures was lost on early European explorers.

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