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"This engaging set covers well-trodden ground, but its quick factual manner sets it apart from other works. It is an excellent addition to high school and community college libraries supporting lower-level classes in U.S. history. It could also be used to support international student programs at higher-level institutions."
"This wide-ranging, clearly written work covers religion, sociology, sports, domestic life, language arts, technology, architecture, and history. Each thematic chapter is further divided into topical areas, many of a geographical nature (performing arts in the Northwest, for example). This subdivision, along with the comprehensive index, will assist researchers. . . . While most students will initially use this set strictly for reports, it is likely that they will be intrigued enough to continue reading."
School Library Journal
"[T]he articles in these two volumes take the reader on a historical as well as a present day overview of the shaping of American culture that goes beyond what appears to be a homogenous society. What becomes evident is the United States' regional and ethnic diversity in most things--from religion to cuisine, from art and architecutre to leisure practices. . . . Included in each volume are a chronology, appendixes listing important religious and traditional events, a bibliography, and an index. (Reviewed with Culture and Customs of Nicaragua)."
"Since American life developed from a mix of cultures from around the world, this two-volume set examines the wide variety of practices and people in the United States. . . . This set is a welcome addition to most libraries. Recommended."
Library Media Connection
"Professional historian Shearer edits this brief, readable, impartial, yet celebratory two-volume reference. Part of the Culture and Customs of North America series, it could easily fit into the circulating collection. It provides a glimpse into . . . contemporary U.S. culture and the context through which to understand it. . . . Recommended. School, public and undergraduate libraries; lower-level undergraduates and general readers."