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As the cultural diversity of the United States continues to increase, the issues surrounding multiculturalism continue to be of great importance. With updates throughout and a fresh, new design, the Fourth Edition of American Ways retains its values-based perspective in examining what makes the U.S. unique -- and how traditional values influence various aspects of American life such as religion, business, government, race relations, education, recreation, and family.
- Includes enhanced focus on critical thinking, including assessing information, comparing alternative points of view, identifying potential problems and solutions, and being a questioning reader.
- Provides more explicit development of reading skills (skimming, scanning, predicting, and understanding main ideas and details).
- Features an expanded writing section (identifying and organizing academic information into main ideas and supporting details, often preceded by discussion, research, and completion of graphic organizers).
- Incorporates many new sources, poll data, and information on challenges such as rising national debt, gun violence, and immigration reform.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: Understanding the Culture of the United State
2 Traditional American Values and Beliefs
3 The American Religious Heritage
4 The Frontier Heritage
5 The Heritage of Abundance
6 The World of American Business
7 Government and Politics in the United States
8 Ethnic and Racial Diversity in the United State
9 Education in the United States
10 How Americans Spend Their Leisure Time
11 The American Family
12 American Values at the Crossroads
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