"Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada"--T.p. verso.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- Ethnicity and immigration : between many worlds -- African Americans : "I don't sing other people's voices" -- In God we trust? : religion in American life -- Approaches to regionalism : the West and the South -- The American city : "the old knot of contrariety" -- Gender and sexuality : "to break the old circuits" -- Representing youth : outside the sunken nursery -- The spread of freedom -- The transmission of American culture.