Discovering America

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  1. Colonel Sanders and the American Dream
    From Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben to the Jolly Green Giant and Ronald McDonald, corporate icons sell billions of dollars’ worth of products. But only one of them was ever a real person—Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken/KFC.... Learn More
    Published: 1st April 2017
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  2. A Pure Solar World
    Sun Ra said he came from Saturn. Known on earth for his inventive music and extravagant stage shows, he pioneered free-form improvisation in an ensemble setting with the devoted band he called the “Arkestra.” Sun Ra took jazz... Learn More
    Published: 25th October 2016
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  3. Becoming Belafonte
    A son of poor Jamaican immigrants who grew up in Depression-era Harlem, Harry Belafonte became the first black performer to gain artistic control over the representation of African Americans in commercial television and film.... Learn More
    Published: 24th May 2016
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  4. The Mechanical Horse
    With cities across the country adding miles of bike lanes and building bike-share stations, bicycling is enjoying a new surge of popularity in America. It seems that every generation or two, Americans rediscover the freedom of... Learn More
    Published: 5th April 2016
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  5. The Family Jewels
    In December 1974, a front-page story in the New York Times revealed the explosive details of illegal domestic spying by the Central Intelligence Agency. This included political surveillance, eavesdropping, detention, and interrogation.... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2014
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  6. Being Miss America
    For nearly a hundred years, young women have competed for the title of Miss America—although what it means to wear the crown and be our "ideal" has changed dramatically over time. The Miss America Pageant began as a bathing... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2014
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  7. American Christianity
    Christianity takes an astonishing variety of forms in America, from churches that cherish traditional modes of worship to evangelical churches and fellowships, Pentecostal churches, social-action churches, megachurches, and apocalyptic... Learn More
    Published: 15th April 2014
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  8. Killer on the Road
    Starting in the 1950s, Americans eagerly built the planet’s largest public work: the 42,795-mile National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. Before the concrete was dry on the new roads, however, a specter began... Learn More
    Published: 15th February 2014
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  9. Founding Finance
    Recent movements such as the Tea Party and anti-tax "constitutional conservatism" lay claim to the finance and taxation ideas of America's founders, but how much do we really know about the dramatic clashes over finance and economics... Learn More
    Published: 15th February 2014
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  10. Conspiracy Theory in America
    Ever since the Warren Commission concluded that a lone gunman assassinated President John F. Kennedy, people who doubt that finding have been widely dismissed as conspiracy theorists, despite credible evidence that right-wing... Learn More
    Published: 15th February 2014
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  11. All-American Boy

    All-American Boy

    By Larzer Ziff

    Series Discovering America

    University of Texas Press

    From his celebrated appearance, hatchet in hand, in Parson Mason Locke Weems's Life of Washington to Booth Tarkington's Penrod, the all-American boy was an iconic figure in American literature for well over a century. Sometimes... Learn More
    Published: 1st October 2012
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  12. Greenback Planet
    The world runs on the U.S. dollar. From Washington to Beijing, governments, businesses, and individuals rely on the dollar to conduct commerce and invest profitably and safely—even after the global financial meltdown in 2008... Learn More
    Published: 1st October 2011
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