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American Culture

Worldwide Influences. No one survey can do justice to the vast sweep of American culture. The United States is a dynamic country, covering the breadth of a continent. Many cultural currents exist and coexist within American life. The sections that follow do not attempt to cover every aspect of American culture, but instead zero in on some phenomena, like television, films and American music, that newcomers can study in order to learn more about American life.

The United States is both an old country and a new country. American values have developed over several centuries, affecting (and often being enriched by) successive waves of immigrants. The trend continues: old ways blending with new ideas. The best way to look at it is to realize that while Americans are often open to new ways of thinking, they have a deep culture, and a deep sense of being American, one that is not always that easy to describe. Those who disagree, who believe the country has no true culture compared to the “older” civilizations of Europe, Asia and elsewhere, do not truly understand the United States.

In some ways, all the sections of Life In The USA are about American culture. Perhaps the best way to start learning about American culture is to look at the three sections that follow, dealing with The American Worldview.

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Full Chapter Outline:
American Worldview Part 1
American Worldview Part 2
American Worldview Part 3
The American Dream

Hollywood
Going to the Movies
Movies are Rated
Movies on Video
Movies on Television

Iconic American Films:
It’s A Wonderful Life
The Best Years of Our Lives
Unforgiven
Rocky
To Kill a Mockingbird

Television
The Great Experiment
Broadcast and Network TV
Daytime TV
Prime Time
Reality Television
Late Night Talk Shows
Syndication and Immortality
Star Trek
Public Television
Cable and Satellite Television

Radio
The Survivor
Non-Commercial Radio

Magazines

Newspapers

Tabloid Weeklies

Literature and Popular Books
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Where to Buy Books

Stuffed and Plush Animals

American Music
Rich and Diverse
African-American Influence
Jazz
The Blues
Rock and Roll
Country and Western
Folk Music
Cajun Music
Musical Theater
Classical Music
New Age Music
Recordings

Community Theater Companies

Theater and Performing Arts

Photography

Crafts

American Folk Art

Advertising



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