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American Civilization is a comprehensive introduction to contemporary American life. It examines the key institutions of American society, including state and local government, geography, education, law, media and culture. This completely updated edition includes new figures and illustrations, coverage of Clinton's elections and the inauguration of his second administration. It offers:
* coverage of all core American Studies topics at introductory level
* vital historical context for America in the 1990s and its place in the world
* an analysis of gender, class and race and the diverse population
* striking and useful illustrations, questions and terms for discussion
American Civilization discusses the nature of American social structures, their evolution over time through an on-going social debate and their relation to the diverse complexity of the United States' physical landscape. It is a vital introduction to the crucial and complex identities of America.