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A rich and rewarding subject of popular imagination, the United States is compellingly portrayed in this first anthology designed specifically for American studies courses. Offering an indispensable introduction to the long and varied history of generalizing about America, leading scholar Richard Horwitz has compiled the definitive anthology for American studies and American culture courses. Brimming with imaginative selections, the reader contains essays, plays, songs, comedy, legal documents, speeches, and poems by a rich array of authors-both domestic and international-whose writings echo recurring American themes. Collectively, the anthology identifies the ways in which scholars and popularizers have attempted to characterize America. Horwitz's insightful introduction summarizes key themes in the study of American culture as he traces the history of the field as well as current controversies. He avoids heavy jargon yet presents a nuanced view of the foundational works in American studies. Preceding the readings with concise, informative introductions, Horwitz seamlessly guides the reader through this distinctive collection.

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Editorial Reviews

Staci Ford
Those of us who teach American Studies outside of the United States have been waiting for this anthology. It provides historical grounding and a range of texts that is both foundational and fresh, and it reflects Horwitz's passion for artful prose and cultural analysis that is readable, teachable, transnational, and truly interdisciplinary.
Matthew Mancini
This anthology answers a need felt by so many of us who teach both beginning and advanced courses in American Studies. The introduction is ideal, and the 'roots and soil' metaphor provides a wonderfully concrete way for us all, teachers and students to grasp some hitherto vaguely understood ideas about the field.
David Katzman
The American Studies Anthology is imaginative and creative. It includes familiar texts in American studies as well as unusual ones. Professor Horwitz locates American studies in history and the present, in culture and ideas, in scholarly work and popular culture, and from the United States and abroad. He introduces each of the selections with a brief commentary that offers suggestions on where classroom discussions might go. This is the first anthology to capture the contradictory and interdisciplinary directions that comprise American studies today. Indispensable for the novice and veteran alike.
Linda K. Kerber
Professor Horwitz has a shrewd eye for documents. He not only has gathered familiar expressions of U.S. national identity, but also ranged widely to find songs and images, reflective essays, and significant statements of public policy. His unusual selections and thought-provoking juxtapositions make this an invigorating collection to read to learn from.
Bernard Mergen
There are two ways to review anthologies intended for classroom use. One is to focus on their selections of readings and discuss their usefulness in teaching. Another approach is to examine the anthology's documents and explanatory material for what they reflect about the current state of the field. Many of us spend a good deal of time talking with visiting groups of teachers from outside the United States about current trends and future directions in American studies. This collection, with Richard Horwitz's excellent introduction and headnotes, has value as a class text and as a guide to the field. . . . Whoever reads this splendid anthology will learn a great deal about America and American studies.
Jay Mechling
Richard Horwitz is one of the most thoughtful American Studies scholars when it comes to understanding what it means to build a fully interdisciplinary American Studies. This volume reflects his unerring sense of how we must weave theory and practice into a seamless garment where old distinctions between the humanities, the social sciences, and even the natural sciences now seem pointless.
This anthology, designed specifically for American studies courses, introduces the history of generalizing about America, with essays, plays, songs, comedy, legal documents, speeches, and poems by international and domestic writers from various periods of history. Each selection includes a brief introduction. An overall introduction summarizes key themes in the study of American culture, looking at the history of the field and at current controversies. Horwitz is professor, graduate director, and director of public outreach for the American Studies Department at the University of Iowa. The anthology lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842028295
  • Publisher: Sr Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: American Visions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 947,286
  • Product dimensions: 0.93 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard P. Horwitz is professor of American studies at the University of Iowa, visiting scholar of American civilization at Brown University, and senior fellow in the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 I America as a New World Chapter 3 How America Was Discovered (c. 1735-1815) Chapter 4 The Tempest (1611) Chapter 5 A Model of Christian Charity (1630) Chapter 6 Engel v. Vitale (1962) Chapter 7 Letter III from an American Farmer (1782) Chapter 8 To the United States (1827) Chapter 9 Paddy's Lament (ca. 1865) Chapter 10 The Spirit of Capitalism (1904) Chapter 11 On Being an American (1922) Part 12 II America as an Independent Nation Chapter 13 Declaration of Independence (1776) Chapter 14 Declaration of Sentiments (1848) Chapter 15 Independence Day Speech (1854) Chapter 16 The Significance of the Frontier in American History (1893) Chapter 17 Vietnam's Declaration of Independence (1945) Chapter 18 Independence Day (1993) Chapter 19 What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? (1852) Part 20 III America as a Place to Belong Chapter 21 Americanism and the Foreign-Born (1915) Chapter 22 Objections Answered (1913) Chapter 23 Ain't I a Woman? (1851) Chapter 24 Trans-National America (1916) Chapter 25 Americanism (1919) Chapter 26 Century Readings (1919) Chapter 27 The One-Hundred Percent American (1937) Chapter 28 National Brotherhood Week (1965) Chapter 29 America (1953) Chapter 30 This Land is Your Land (1949) Part 31 IV America as a Land of the Free Chapter 32 Gettysburg Address (1863) Chapter 33 The American System (1928) Chapter 34 The Four Freedoms (1941) Chapter 35 Bowers v. Hardwick (1986) Chapter 36 Puerto Ricans (1961) Chapter 37 Wrestling with the Hard One (1994) Chapter 38 POPism (1975) Chapter 39 An Okie from Muskogee (1969) Chapter 40 Wasteland of the Free (1996) Chapter 41 Of Our Spiritual Strivings (1903) Part 42 V America as an Empire Chapter 43 The Utility of the Union (1787) Chapter 44 The Monroe Doctrine (1823) Chapter 45 The European Colonizations of America (1855) Chapter 46 The White Man's Burden (1899) Chapter 47 Cast Away Illusions, Prepare for Struggle (1949) Chapter 48 U.S. and Mexican Pastimes (1946) Chapter 49 Ugly American Sightings (2000) Chapter 50 Letter to Americans (1986) Part 51 VI America as a Culture Chapter 52 The American Scholar (1837) Chapter 53 Ralph Waldo Emerson, Transcendental Critic (1927) Chapter 54 Factors in American Literary History (1925) Chapter 55 Middletown Faces Both Ways (1937) Chapter 56 Cultural Locations: Positioning American Studies in the Great Debate (1992)

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