Ethnic Landscapes of America

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Springer, Jun 19, 2017 - Social Science - 411 pages

This volume provides a comprehensive catalog of how various ethnic groups in the United States of America have differently shaped their cultural landscape. Author John Cross links an overview of the spatial distributions of many of the ethnic populations of the United States with highly detailed discussions of specific local cultural landscapes associated with various ethnic groups. This book provides coverage of several ethnic groups that were omitted from previous literature, including Italian-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Japanese-Americans, and Arab-Americans, plus several smaller European ethnic populations.

The book is organized to provide an overview of each of the substantive ethnic landscapes in the United States. Between its introduction and conclusion, which looks towards the future, the chapters on the various ethnic landscapes are arranged roughly in chronological order, such that the timing of the earliest significant surviving landscape contribution determines the order the groups will be viewed. Within each chapter the contemporary and historical spatial distribution of the ethnic groups are described, the historical geography of the group’s settlement is reviewed, and the salient aspects of material culture that characterize or distinguish the group’s ethnic landscape are discussed.

Ethnics Landscapes of America is designed for use in the classroom as a textbook or as a reader in a North American regional course or a cultural geography course. This volume also can function as a detailed summary reference that should be of interest to geographers, historians, ethnic scholars, other social scientists, and the educated public who wish to understand the visible elements of material culture that various ethnic populations have created on the landscape.


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Introduction to Ethnic Landscapes
Native American Landscapes in the Eastern United States
Native American Landscapes in the Plains and Northwest Coast
Native American Landscapes in the American Southwest
Hispanic Landscapes of the America Southwest
Hispanic Landscapes of the Eastern United States
French Ethnic Landscapes in America
AfricanAmerican Landscapes
GermanAmerican Landscapes
Scandinavian Landscapes in America
Slavic Landscapes in America
Mediterranean Landscapes Italians and Greeks in America
ArabAmerican and Other Middle Eastern Landscapes
East Asians in America Chinese Japanese and Southeast Asian Ethnic Landscapes
Native Hawaiian Landscapes
The Future Ethnic Landscape of America

British Landscapes in America
Dutch Belgian and Luxemburger Landscapes Ethnicity from the Low Countries

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About the author (2017)

Dr. John A. Cross serves as Professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.