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Star-Spangled Manners: In Which Miss Manners Defends American Etiquette (For a Change)

Star-Spangled Manners: In Which Miss Manners Defends American Etiquette (For a Change) ebook ISBN: 9780393325010
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Author: Judith Martin
Number of Pages: 320 
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The nationally syndicated etiquette columnist traces the history of American manners, citing the nation's early stand against hierarchical European etiquette, and describing its adoption of a frequently misunderstood egalitarian respect system. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Women in Early America

Women in Early America ebook ISBN: 1851094296
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Author: Dorothy A. Mays
Number of Pages: 495 
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This volume fills a gap in traditional women's history books by offering fascinating details of the lives of early American women and showing how these women adapted to the challenges of daily life in the colonies. * Nearly 200 A–Z entries on women's lives, contributions, and struggles during the years of early America * Illustrations of the habits of dress, material goods, and buildings that reflect the culture of these women * Extensive annotated bibliography of recommended readings covering legal issues, ethnic groups, customs, and novels set during the era * Sidebars highlighting interesting experiences of early American women

Modern American Manners

Modern American Manners ebook ISBN: 1510717676
Publisher: Skyhorse
Author: Fred Mayo,Michael Gold
Number of Pages: 216 
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This practical and humorous guide helps readers learn appropriate manners so they can enjoy the pleasures of good food, good drink, and good company without worrying about what behavior is proper. Chapters cover how to be a good host, how to be a good guest, and how to behave at business events, cocktail parties, formal dinners, and restaurants. There is also a unique chapter discussing pet peeves and how to handle them with grace, civility, and appropriate manners. What’s the proper way to hold a wine glass? What’s an appropriate gift to bring a host—and what shouldn’t you bring? How should you correctly introduce guests to each other? If you’re the host, how do you determine who should sit next to whom? What should you do if you don’t want to drink alcohol at a cocktail party? What is appropriate cell phone usage at a business dinner? Here are easy-to-implement answers to these and many other important etiquette questions. Lavishly illustrated with memorable full-color photographs that highlight both good and bad table manners, Modern American Manners is full of friendly advice for business professionals, college students entering the workplace, and anyone needing a refresher course or an introduction to proper behavior.

Death and the American South

Death and the American South ebook ISBN: 1316033600
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: Craig Thompson Friend,Lorri Glover
Number of Pages: N.A 
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This rich collection of original essays illuminates the causes and consequences of the South's defining experiences with death. Employing a wide range of perspectives, while concentrating on discrete episodes in the region's past, the authors explore topics from the seventeenth century to the present, from the death traps that emerged during colonization to the bloody backlash against emancipation and civil rights to recent canny efforts to commemorate - and capitalize on - the region's deadly past. Some authors capture their subjects in the most intimate of moments: killing and dying, grieving and remembering, and believing and despairing. Others uncover the intentional efforts of Southerners to publicly commemorate their losses through death rituals and memorialization campaigns. Together, these poignantly told Southern stories reveal profound truths about the past of a region marked by death and unable, perhaps unwilling, to escape the ghosts of its history.

Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers

Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers ebook ISBN: 1441195130
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Author: Sarah Churchwell,Thomas Ruys Smith
Number of Pages: 384 
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What is it about certain books that makes them bestsellers? Why do some of these books remain popular for centuries, and others fade gently into obscurity? And why is it that when scholars do turn their attention to bestsellers, they seem only to be interested in the same handful of blockbusters, when so many books that were once immensely popular remain under-examined? Addressing those and other equally pressing questions about popular literature, Must Read is the first scholarly collection to offer both a survey of the evolution of American bestsellers as well as critical readings of some of the key texts that have shaped the American imagination since the nation's founding. Focusing on a mix of enduring and forgotten bestsellers, the essays in this collection consider 18th and 19th century works, like Charlotte Temple or Ben-Hur, that were once considered epochal but are now virtually ignored; 20th century favorites such as The Sheik and Peyton Place; and 21st century blockbusters including the novels of Nicholas Sparks, The Kite Runner, and The Da Vinci Code.

American Icons

American Icons ebook ISBN: 0313027676
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Author: Dennis Hall,Susan G. Hall
Number of Pages: 937 
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Global Etiquette Guide to Mexico and Latin America

Global Etiquette Guide to Mexico and Latin America ebook ISBN: 0471272833
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Author: Dean Foster
Number of Pages: 304 
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Authored by one of the world's leading cross-cultural experts. Invaluable for both business and leisure travelers. Comprehensive and practical coverage.

Displaying Women

Displaying Women ebook ISBN: 9780415905664
Publisher: Psychology Press
Author: Maureen E. Montgomery
Number of Pages: 206 
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Using numerous sources, such as contemporary etiquette manuals, society papers and columns, novels, magazines, private correspondence, and diaries, "Displaying Women" vividly depicts the custom and culture of New York "society" women from roughly 1870 to 1920.

An American Dilemma, Volume 2

An American Dilemma, Volume 2 ebook ISBN: 1560008571
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Author: Gunnar Myrdal
Number of Pages: 936 
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In this landmark effort to understand African American people in the New World, Gunnar Myrdal provides deep insight into the contradictions of American democracy as well as a study of a people within a people. The title of the book, An American Dilemma, refers to the moral contradiction of a nation torn between allegiance to its highest ideals and awareness of the base realities of racial discrimination. The touchstone of this classic is the jarring discrepancy between the American creed of respect for the inalienable rights to freedom, justice, and opportunity for all and the pervasive violations of the dignity of blacks. The appendices are a gold mine of information, theory, and methodology. Indeed, two of the appendices were issued as a separate work given their importance for systematic theory in social research. The new introduction by Sissela Bok offers a remarkably intimate yet rigorously objective appraisal of Myrdal-a social scientist who wanted to see himself as an analytic intellectual, yet had an unbending desire to bring about change. An American Dilemma is testimonial to the man as well as the ideas he espoused. When It first appeared An American Dilemma was called "the most penetrating and important book on contemporary American civilizations by Robert S. Lynd; "One of the best political commentaries on American life that has ever been written" in The American Political Science Review; and a book with "a novelty and a courage seldom found in American discussions either of our total society or of the part which the Negro plays in it" in The American Sociological Review. It is a foundation work for all those concerned with the history and current status of race relations in the United States.

Garner's Modern American Usage

Garner's Modern American Usage ebook ISBN: 019987462X
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Author: Bryan Garner
Number of Pages: 1008 
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Since first appearing in 1998, Garner's Modern American Usage has established itself as the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. Brimming with witty, erudite essays on troublesome words and phrases, GMAU authoritatively shows how to avoid the countless pitfalls that await unwary writers and speakers whether the issues relate to grammar, punctuation, word choice, or pronunciation. An exciting new feature of this third edition is Garner's Language-Change Index, which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from nonacceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistent standard throughout. GMAU is the first usage guide ever to incorporate such a language-change index. The judgments are based both on Garner's own original research in linguistic corpora and on his analysis of hundreds of earlier studies. Another first in this edition is the panel of critical readers: 120-plus commentators who have helped Garner reassess and update the text, so that every page has been improved. Bryan A. Garner is a writer, grammarian, lexicographer, teacher, and lawyer. He has written professionally about English usage for more than 28 years, and his work has achieved widespread renown. David Foster Wallace proclaimed that Bryan Garner is a genius and William Safire called the book excellent. In fact, due to the strength of his work on GMAU, Garner was the grammarian asked to write the grammar-and-usage chapter for the venerable Chicago Manual of Style. His advice on language matters is second to none.

Making the American Self

Making the American Self ebook ISBN: 9780199740796
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Daniel Walker Howe
Number of Pages: 352 
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Originally published in 1997 and now back in print, Making the American Self by Daniel Walker Howe, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of What Hath God Wrought, charts the genesis and fascinating trajectory of a central idea in American history. One of the most precious liberties Americans have always cherished is the ability to "make something of themselves"--to choose not only an occupation but an identity. Examining works by Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and others, Howe investigates how Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries engaged in the process of "self-construction," "self-improvement," and the "pursuit of happiness." He explores as well how Americans understood individual identity in relation to the larger body politic, and argues that the conscious construction of the autonomous self was in fact essential to American democracy--that it both shaped and was in turn shaped by American democratic institutions. "The thinkers described in this book," Howe writes, "believed that, to the extent individuals exercised self-control, they were making free institutions--liberal, republican, and democratic--possible." And as the scope of American democracy widened so too did the practice of self-construction, moving beyond the preserve of elite white males to potentially all Americans. Howe concludes that the time has come to ground our democracy once again in habits of personal responsibility, civility, and self-discipline esteemed by some of America's most important thinkers. Erudite, beautifully written, and more pertinent than ever as we enter a new era of individual and governmental responsibility, Making the American Self illuminates an impulse at the very heart of the American experience.

Confidence Men and Painted Women

Confidence Men and Painted Women ebook ISBN: 9780300037883
Publisher: Yale University Press
Author: Karen Halttunen
Number of Pages: 262 
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Karen Halttunen draws a vivid picture of the social and cultural development of the upwardly mobile middle class, basing her study on a survey of the conduct manuals and fashion magazines of mid-nineteenth-century America. "An ingenious book: original, inventive, resourceful, and exciting. ... This book adds immeasurably to the current work on sentimental culture and American cultural history and brings to its task an inquisitive, fresh, and intelligent perspective. ... Essential reading for historians, literary critics, feminists, and cultural commentators who wish to study mid-nineteenth-century American culture and its relation to contemporary values."--Dianne F. Sadoff, American Quarterly "A compelling and beautifully developed study. ... Halttunen provides us with a subtle book that gently unfolds from her mastery of the subject and intelligent prose."--Paula S. Fass, Journal of Social History "Halttunen has done her homework--the research has been tremendous, the notes and bibliography are impressive, and the text is peppered with hundreds of quotes--and gives some real insight into an area of American culture and history where we might have never bothered to look."--John Hopkins, Times Literary Supplement "The kind of imaginative history that opens up new questions, that challenges conventional historical understanding, and demonstrates how provocative and exciting cultural history can be."--William R. Leach, The New England Quarterly "A stunning contribution to American cultural history."--Alan Trachtenberg

American Etiquette

American Etiquette ebook ISBN: 9781512208948
Publisher: CreateSpace
Author: Aaron Berg
Number of Pages: 282 
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"America is the greatest country in the world" -some guy in the 80's You may not agree with the above statement which means that you are lacking in American Etiquette. American Etiquette is the American way to live your American life blindly as an American patriot. Perhaps you don't watch enough Fox News and need to reinvigorate your belief in America and remind yourself that contrary to popular liberal opinion, we don't need to move forward to improve; we simply need to remember the good old days of the American Renaissance. American Etiquette: Failing upwardly in a Fox News Nation is a satirical guide that will teach you how and when to blame the President, how being a horrible parent can actually help your children be more American, why you need to believe in guns, how being fat helps all aspects of our fledgling economy and even the little known fact that being rich is way better than being poor (contrary to what liberal bloggers would have you believe). American Etiquette is a must have for Americans because any good American knows that buying stuff with no resale value stimulates our economy. This book will teach you to constantly live in fear, trust the police, learn how to deal with immigrants, drink, and realize that no laws apply to you if you are a sports celebrity. America Rocks! Now learn how to behave as an American!

The Social History of the American Family

The Social History of the American Family ebook ISBN: 1452286159
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Author: Marilyn J. Coleman,Lawrence H. Ganong
Number of Pages: 2144 
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The American family has come a long way from the days of the idealized family portrayed in iconic television shows of the 1950s and 1960s. The four volumes of The Social History of the American Family explore the vital role of the family as the fundamental social unit across the span of American history. Experiences of family life shape so much of an individual’s development and identity, yet the patterns of family structure, family life, and family transition vary across time, space, and socioeconomic contexts. Both the definition of who or what counts as family and representations of the “ideal” family have changed over time to reflect changing mores, changing living standards and lifestyles, and increased levels of social heterogeneity. Available in both digital and print formats, this carefully balanced academic work chronicles the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of American families from the colonial period to the present. Key themes include families and culture (including mass media), families and religion, families and the economy, families and social issues, families and social stratification and conflict, family structures (including marriage and divorce, gender roles, parenting and children, and mixed and non-modal family forms), and family law and policy. Features: Approximately 600 articles, richly illustrated with historical photographs and color photos in the digital edition, provide historical context for students. A collection of primary source documents demonstrate themes across time. The signed articles, with cross references and Further Readings, are accompanied by a Reader’s Guide, Chronology of American Families, Resource Guide, Glossary, and thorough index. The Social History of the American Family is an ideal reference for students and researchers who want to explore political and social debates about the importance of the family and its evolving constructions.

Americanization of New Immigrants

Americanization of New Immigrants ebook ISBN: 9780761822073
Publisher: University Press of America
Author: Jaswinder Singh,Kalyani Gopal
Number of Pages: 159 
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Few people can argue that immigrating to a new country is both an exciting and difficult experience. Whether a person leaves his or her homeland because of political or social unrest or simply for the adventure of carving out a new life for one's self and family, the journey is often filled with questions and expectations. However, when that journey ends in the United States, the immigrant often finds that rather than ending, the path to a new life has just begun. Many immigrants view American society and culture with unrealistic perceptions that riddle the transition to American life with frustrations and despair. While many organizations strive to help immigrants adjust to life in America, the fact is that immigrants are unprepared and under-educated about American life. As a result, they are unable to adequately deal with the feelings they have when they arrive, namely dealing with adjustment disorders and anxiety reactions. Americanization of New Immigrants is a heartfelt and informative book that details how American society works and how immigrants need to prepare for the societal and cultural changes they are about to experience.