American Identities: An Introductory Textbook by Lois P. Rudnick, Visit Amazon's Judith E. Smith Page, search

By Lois P. Rudnick, Visit Amazon's Judith E. Smith Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Judith E. Smith, , Rachel Lee Rubin

American Identities is a blinding array of fundamental files and significant essays culled from American background, literature, memoir, and pop culture that discover significant currents and traits in American heritage from 1945 to the current. The textbook charts the wealthy multiplicity of yankee identities as refracted in the course of the diverse lenses of race, classification, and gender, and formed by way of universal ancient social approaches reminiscent of migration, households, paintings, and battle. instead of easily educating historical past, American Identities actively engages scholars within the history-making technique whereas constructing the abilities an important to analyzing significant and enduring cultural texts.

Substantial editorial subject and the accompanying instructor’s consultant supply assets for school room use and for scholar initiatives, together with:

Headnotes and learn consultant questions for every studying routines for person and team analyzing and viewing Time-lines Interview questions Bibliographies to lead scholars into turning into readers of yankee tradition and historians in their households

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Women who had worked during the depression or World War II quit their jobs as soon as they became pregnant, which meant quite a few women were specializing in child raising; fewer women remained childless during the 1950s than in any decade since the late nineteenth century. The timing and spacing of childbearing became far more compressed, so that young mothers were likely to have two or more children in diapers at once, with no older sibling to help in their care. At the same time, again for the first time in 100 years, the educational gap between young middle-class women and men increased, while job segregation for working 20 ?

Almost 50 percent of married-couple African-American families were impoverished – a figure far higher than today. It’s no wonder African Americans are not likely to pick the 1950s as a golden age, even in comparison with the setbacks they experienced in the 1980s. When blacks moved north to find jobs in the postwar urban manufacturing boom they met vicious harassment and violence, first to prevent them from moving out of the central cities, then to exclude them from public space such as parks or beaches.

At the end of the 1930s, almost two-thirds of the population had incomes below the poverty standards of the day, while only one in eight had a middle-class income (defined as two to five times the poverty line). 12 Unmarried people were hardly sexually abstinent in the 1950s, but the age of first intercourse was somewhat higher than it is now, and despite a tripling of nonmarital birth rates between 1940 and 1958, more then 70 percent of nonmarital pregnancies led to weddings before the child was born.

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