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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."