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Three American Cultures:

Semester
Fall 2011
Units
4
Number
118AC
CCN
71552
Course Description

We will look at three different cultural groups and their impact on the historical and cultural development of the United States, and how that impact may have shaped public policy in America. I will utilize the theory advanced by Gabler, that cultural artifacts such as film, television, and literature both capture America's cultural character, but suggest ways in which the many subcultures that often distinguish themselves from one another in America, in fact share much in common. I will focus on three cultural groups, European settlers, Native Americans, and African slaves. I will argue that all of them share one fundamental social condition which has impacted America's cultural development;