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A-Z of modern America
Duchak, Alicia, 1968-
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
Physical Description:
xiii, 405 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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E169.12 .D83 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An A-Z of Modern America is a comprehensive cultural dictionary which defines contemporary America through its history and civilization. The book includes entries on:
key people from presidents to Babe Ruth
American life, customs, clothing and education
legal, religious and governmental practices
multiculturalism, minorities and civil rights
An A-Z of Modern America offers accessible and lively definitions of over 3,000 separate items. The book is cross-referenced and thus provides associated links and cultural connections while the appendices contain essential extra information on American institutions, structures and traditions.

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Choice Review

Duchak's compact dictionary of modern American culture, personalities, and institutions is not only filled with interesting tidbits of information but is concise, reasonably well organized, useful as a reference book, and entertaining to read. The first 343 text pages arrange brief entries alphabetically, "a la King" through "Zoot Suit Riots." Nine appendixes follow, including a list of states with population statistics, nicknames, and names of capitals and other major cities; a list of presidents and vice presidents, with dates of incumbency; several other useful graphs and lists; and finally an odd index arranged by subject categories. The editing could have been more careful. Thomas Edison's and Harriet Nelson's names are misspelled; the entry on phone number information service incorrectly says that 411 is no longer used and that 555-1212 is for local as well as long-distance inquiries; the beginning date for Prohibition is wrong; Sid Grauman's name is omitted from the entry for Mann's Chinese Theater. The author, it appears, is less familiar with the Roaring Twenties than some of her elderly critics. Still, the variety of these small complaints indicate the breadth and imaginative variety of the book's contents, and it is recommended. D. W. Heron; emeritus, University of California

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. vii
Nickname abbreviationsp. viii
How to use this dictionary - sample pagep. xv
A-Z of Modern Americap. 1
Appendix 1 States
Appendix 2 Presidents
Appendix 3 Professional teams
Appendix 4 Education levels
Appendix 5 Grading systems
Appendix 6 Bowl games
Appendix 7 Military ranks and ensignia
Appendix 8 Baseball diamond
Appendix 9 Football field
Indexes (ordered by field)