Portrait of America

Portrait of America
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Author: Stephen B. Oates,Charles J. Errico
Pages: 416
ISBN: 0495799858
Release: 2010-08-04
Editor: Wadsworth Publishing Company

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PORTRAIT OF AMERICA is an anthology of essays written by some of America's most eminent historians. The collection maintains a loose biographical focus. The essays in this secondary-source reader humanize American history by portraying it as a story of real people with whom students can easily identify. More than 25 percent of the essays in the Tenth Edition are new, many from books that have been nationally and internationally recognized for their insight, accuracy, and timeliness, ensuring that the readings continue to be provocative and trustworthy. Each selection is preceded by an introduction for context, and a helpful glossary identifies important individuals, events, and concepts. Study questions follow each selection, prompting students to make comparisons between the readings.

Portrait of America

Portrait of America
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Author: Jerrold Hirsch
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9780807861660
Release: 2004-07-21
Editor: Univ of North Carolina Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

How well do we know our country? Whom do we include when we use the word "American"? These are not just contemporary issues but recurring questions Americans have asked themselves throughout their history--and questions that were addressed when, in 1935, the Roosevelt administration created the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. Although the immediate context of the FWP was work relief, national FWP officials developed programs that spoke to much larger and longer-standing debates over the nature of American identity and culture and the very definition of who was an American. Hirsch reviews the founding of the FWP and the significance of its American Guide series, considering the choices made by administrators who wanted to celebrate diversity as a positive aspect of American cultural identity. In his exploration of the FWP's other writings, Hirsch discusses the project's pioneering use of oral history in interviews with ordinary southerners, ex-slaves, ethnic minorities, and industrial workers. He also examines congressional critics of the FWP vision; the occasional opposition of local Federal Writers, especially in the South; and how the FWP's vision changed in response to the challenge of World War II. In the course of this study, Hirsch raises thought-provoking questions about the relationships between diversity and unity, government and culture, and, ultimately, culture and democracy.

Portrait of America

Portrait of America
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Author: Stephen B. Oates,Charles J. Errico
Pages: 416
ISBN: 0495914991
Release: 2010-08-05
Editor: Wadsworth Publishing Company

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

PORTRAIT OF AMERICA is an anthology of essays written by some of America's most eminent historians. The collection maintains a loose biographical focus. The essays in this secondary-source reader humanize American history by portraying it as a story of real people with whom students can easily identify. More than 25 percent of the essays in the Tenth Edition are new, many from books that have been nationally and internationally recognized for their insight, accuracy, and timeliness, ensuring that the readings continue to be provocative and trustworthy. Each selection is preceded by an introduction for context, and a helpful glossary identifies important individuals, events, and concepts. Study questions follow each selection, prompting students to make comparisons between the readings.

A Portrait of America

A Portrait of America
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Author: John Iceland
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780520278196
Release: 2014-09-05
Editor: University of California Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Portrait of America describes our nation’s changing population and examines through a demographic lens some of our most pressing contemporary challenges, ranging from poverty and economic inequality to racial tensions and health disparities. Celebrated authorJohn Iceland covers various topics, including America's historical demographic growth; the American family today; gender inequality; economic well-being; immigration and diversity; racial and ethnic inequality; internal migration and residential segregation; and health and mortality. The discussion of these topics is informed by several sources, including an examination of household survey data, and by syntheses of existing published material, both quantitative and qualitative. Iceland discusses the current issues and controversies around these themes, highlighting their role in everyday debates taking place in Congress, the media, and in American living rooms. Each chapter includes historical background, as well as a discussion of how patterns and trends in the United States compare to those in peer countries.

Folk Masters

Folk Masters
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Author: Barry Bergey
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780253032331
Release: 2018-03-05
Editor: Indiana University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Discover one hundred of the greatest folk artists practicing in the United States in Folk Masters: A Portrait of America. Over the past 25 years, photographer Tom Pich has traveled the country to the homes and studios of recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor given to folk and traditional artists in the US. His portraits give us a glimpse into their art, their process, and their culture. While each image tells a story on its own, Barry Bergey, former Director of Folk and Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts, provides further insight into the lives of each featured artist as well as the remarkable stories behind each photograph. Folk Masters honors again the extraordinary women and men who simultaneously take the traditional arts to new heights while ensuring their continuation from generation to generation.

Portrait of America From Reconstruction to the present

Portrait of America  From Reconstruction to the present
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Author: Stephen B. Oates
Pages: 329
ISBN: WISC:89058311002
Release: 1973
Editor: Unknown

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Portrait of American Jews

Portrait of American Jews
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Author: Samuel C. Heilman
Pages: 208
ISBN: 0295800658
Release: 2011-07-01
Editor: University of Washington Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Has America been a place that has preserved and protected Jewish life? Is it a place in which a Jewish future is ensured? Samuel Heilman, long-time observer of American Jewish life, grapples with these questions from a sociologist�s perspective. He argues that the same conditions that have allowed Jews to live in relative security since the 1950s have also presented them with a greater challenge than did the adversity and upheaval of earlier years. The second half of the twentieth century has been a time when American Jews have experienced a minimum of prejudice and almost all domains of life have been accessible to them, but it has also been a time of assimilation, of swelling rates of intermarriage, and of large numbers ignoring their Jewishness completely. Jews have no trouble building synagogues, but they have all sorts of trouble filling them. The quality of Jewish education is perhaps higher than ever before, and the output of Jewish scholarship is overwhelming in its scope and quality, but most American Jews receive a minimum of religious education and can neither read nor comprehend the great corpus of Jewish literature in its Hebrew (or Aramaic) original. This is a time in America when there is no shame in being a Jew, and yet fewer American Jews seem to know what being a Jew means. How did this come to be? What does it portend for the Jewish future? This book endeavors to answer these questions by examining data gleaned from numerous sociological surveys. Heilman first discusses the decade of the fifties and the American Jewish quest for normalcy and mobility. He then details the polarization of American Jewry into active and passive elements in the sixties and seventies. Finally he looks at the eighties and nineties and the issues of Jewish survival and identity and the question of a Jewish future in America. He also considers generational variation, residential and marital patterns, institutional development (especially with regard to Jewish education), and Jewish political power and influence. This book is part of a stocktaking that has been occurring among Jews as the century in which their residence in America was firmly established comes to an end. Grounded in empirical detail, it provides a concise yet analytic evaluation of the meaning of the many studies and surveys of the last four and a half decades. Taking a long view of American Jewry, it is one of very few books that build on specific sociological data but get beyond its detail. All those who want to know what it means and has meant to be an American Jew will find this volume of interest.

The Portrait in Eighteenth century America

The Portrait in Eighteenth century America
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Author: Ellen Gross Miles
Pages: 165
ISBN: UOM:39015026970866
Release: 1993
Editor: Unknown

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Portrait of America From Reconstruction to the present

Portrait of America  From Reconstruction to the present
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Author: Stephen B. Oates
Pages: 485
ISBN: 0395369347
Release: 1987
Editor: Houghton Mifflin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Portrait of America is an anthology of essays written by some of America's most eminent historians. Suitable for U.S. history survey courses, the collection has a loose biographical focus. The essays in this secondary source reader humanize American history by portraying it as a story of real people with whom students can identify.Each selection is preceded by an introduction that sets the context and a helpful glossary that identifies important individuals, events, and concepts. The Eighth Edition includes an essay in which six major historians reflect on the historical significance of September 11, 2001.

Portrait of America

Portrait of America
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Author: Henryk Sienkiewicz
Pages: 300
ISBN: UOM:39015066416622
Release: 1959
Editor: New York : Columbia University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Collects approximately three-fourths of Henry Sienkiewicz's reports from America.

Norman Rockwell s Portrait of America

Norman Rockwell s Portrait of America
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Author: Victoria Crenson,Norman Rockwell,Steve Barber
Pages: 125
ISBN: 0517678977
Release: 1989
Editor: Crescent

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Presents some of the best-known works of the American illustrator, portraying familiar people, places and times

Sex Lives

Sex Lives
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Author: Mark Baker
Pages: 304
ISBN: 0671702548
Release: 1997-01-01
Editor: Gallery Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Integrates personal anecdotes, observations,and attitudes drawn from hundreds of interviews about the role of sex in Americans' lives

The Red Couch

The Red Couch
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Author: Kevin Clarke,William Least Heat Moon
Pages: 208
ISBN: UOM:39015058322994
Release: 1984
Editor: Olympic Marketing Corporation

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The red couch is used as a prop in each portrait of American children, artists, musicians, actresses, disabled veterans, illegal aliens, politicians, farmers, scientists, and business people

Portraits of American Women

Portraits of American Women
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Author: G. J. Barker-Benfield,Catherine Clinton
Pages: 603
ISBN: 0195120485
Release: 1998
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Until recently a "womanless" American history was the norm. But without a history of women we neglect gender dynamics, sex roles, and family relations--the very fundamentals of human interaction. Here 24 short essays locate the histories of women--from Pocahontas to Betty Friedan--and men together by period and provide a sense of their continuities through the whole gallery of the American past. 26 photos.

A Portrait of the Self as Nation New and Selected Poems

A Portrait of the Self as Nation  New and Selected Poems
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Author: Marilyn Chin
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780393652185
Release: 2018-10-16
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A rich, illuminating compilation of selected and new poems from Marilyn Chin, "a poet of contradictions, poignant sentiment, beat-your-ass toughness, and unexpected humor" (Los Angeles Review of Books). Spanning thirty years of dazzling work—from luminous early love lyrics to often-anthologized Asian American identity anthems, from political and subversive hybrid forms to feminist manifestos—A Portrait of the Self as Nation is a selection from one of America’s most original and vital voices. Marilyn Chin’s passionate, polyphonic poetry travels freely from the personal to the mythic, from the political to the spiritual. Deeply engaged with the complexities of cultural assimilation, feminism, and the Asian American experience, she spins precise, beautiful metaphors as she illuminates hard-hitting truths. A Portrait of the Self as Nation celebrates Chin’s innovative activist poetry: her fearless and often confrontational early collections, Dwarf Bamboo and The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty; the rebellious, vivid language of Rhapsody in Plain Yellow; and the erotic elegies of Hard Love Province. Also included are excerpts from Chin’s daring novel, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, and a vibrant chapter of new poems and translations. In poems that are direct and passionately charged, Marilyn Chin raises her voice against systems of oppression even as her language shines with devastating power and beauty. Image after image, line by line, Chin’s masterfully reinvented quatrains, sonnets, allegories, and elegies are unforgettable.

State by State

State by State
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Author: Matt Weiland,Sean Wilsey
Pages: 608
ISBN: 9780062043573
Release: 2010-10-19
Editor: Harper Collins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

See America with 50 of Our Finest, Funniest, and Foremost Writers Anthony Bourdain chases the fumigation truck in Bergen County, New Jersey Dave Eggers tells it straight: Illinois is Number 1 Louise Erdrich loses her bikini top in North Dakota Jonathan Franzen gets waylaid by New York's publicist...and personal attorney...and historian...and geologist John Hodgman explains why there is no such thing as a "Massachusettsean" Edward P. Jones makes the case: D.C. should be a state! Jhumpa Lahiri declares her reckless love for the Rhode Island coast Rick Moody explores the dark heart of Connecticut's Merritt Parkway, exit by exit Ann Patchett makes a pilgrimage to the Civil War site at Shiloh, Tennessee William T. Vollmann visits a San Francisco S&M club and Many More!

Portraits of Courage

Portraits of Courage
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Author: George W. Bush
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780804189781
Release: 2017-02-28
Editor: Crown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W. Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America’s military veterans. With Forewords by former First Lady Laura Bush and General Peter Pace, 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Growing out of President Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11—and whom he has come to know personally. Our men and women in uniform have faced down enemies, liberated millions, and in doing so showed the true compassion of our nation. Often, they return home with injuries—both visible and invisible—that intensify the challenges of transitioning into civilian life. In addition to these burdens, research shows a civilian-military divide. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they have little understanding of the issues facing veterans, and veterans agree: eighty-four percent say that the public has "little awareness" of the issues facing them and their families. Each painting in this meticulously produced hardcover volume is accompanied by the inspiring story of the veteran depicted, written by the President. Readers can see the faces of those who answered the nation’s call and learn from their bravery on the battlefield, their journeys to recovery, and the continued leadership and contributions they are making as civilians. It is President Bush’s desire that these stories of courage and resilience will honor our men and women in uniform, highlight their family and caregivers who bear the burden of their sacrifice, and help Americans understand how we can support our veterans and empower them to succeed. President Bush will donate his net author proceeds from PORTRAITS OF COURAGE to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a non-profit organization whose Military Service Initiative works to ensure that post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.

DNA USA A Genetic Portrait of America

DNA USA  A Genetic Portrait of America
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Author: Bryan Sykes
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780871404763
Release: 2012-05-14
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Crisscrossing the continent, a renowned geneticist provides a groundbreaking examination of America through its DNA. The best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve now turns his sights on the United States, one of the most genetically variegated countries in the world. From the blue-blooded pockets of old-WASP New England to the vast tribal lands of the Navajo, Bryan Sykes takes us on a historical genetic tour, interviewing genealogists, geneticists, anthropologists, and everyday Americans with compelling ancestral stories. His findings suggest: • Of Americans whose ancestors came as slaves, virtually all have some European DNA. • Racial intermixing appears least common among descendants of early New England colonists. • There is clear evidence of Jewish genes among descendants of southwestern Spanish Catholics. • Among white Americans, evidence of African DNA is most common in the South. • European genes appeared among Native Americans as early as ten thousand years ago. An unprecedented look into America's genetic mosaic and how we perceive race, DNA USA challenges the very notion of what we think it means to be American.

The South Side

The South Side
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Author: Natalie Y. Moore
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781466878969
Release: 2016-03-22
Editor: St. Martin's Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

**One of Buzzfeed's 18 Best Nonfiction Books Of 2016** A lyrical, intelligent, authentic, and necessary look at the intersection of race and class in Chicago, a Great American City In this intelligent and highly important narrative, Chicago-native Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation in the city's South Side; with a memoirist's eye, she showcases the lives of these communities through the stories of people who reside there. The South Side shows the impact of Chicago's historic segregation - and the ongoing policies that keep the system intact.

African America

African America
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Author: Kenneth Estell
Pages: 793
ISBN: 0810394537
Release: 1994
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Offers brief profiles of prominent African Americans as well summaries of significant events, covering such topics as civil rights, literature, performing arts, science and medicine, and sports