Have you ever thought of a country, a place where converge many things in the world; racial features, religious beliefs, education, or even the people living inside its nation? There is a country that already exists, and you would probably hear of it     , America. Suppose you have the same interest and curiosity. In that case, you might not want to miss "American Life and Institutions," a book that provides an integrative view of American society, history, economics, politics, media, and culture.

"American Life and Institutions" introduce foreign students to the people and culture of the United States of America. This book comprises ten chapters, each giving a general view of American society, history, economics, and politics.  It can be utilized in the relative courses such as American studies or American Literature as a reader or a reference work for further research. Each chapter includes discussion questions as well as a list of crucial topics.

At the outset, commonly known as the United States of America, the USA is located in the North of America. The United States of America is made up of 50 states, a federal district, five main unorganized areas, 326 Indian reservations, and a few insignificant possessions. Many cultures, ethnic groups, traditions, and values exist in the United States. Overall, America is a melting pot of every nationality, religion, and economic system on the planet. Therefore, theoretically, comprehending it would be a problem anyone struggles with. However, all the information in "American Life and Institutions" will likely satisfy your wanting inquiry, providing you with a resume of America.

To begin with, America is a country, a powerful country with aspirations to be the world's dominant force. As James T. Farrell stated, "America is so enormous that practically everything asserted about it is likely to be accurate, and the contrary is probably equally true."     Hence, some peoplemay be willing to come to America so that we can have a better experience and improve our living standards. For instance, most of us arrive in the U.S for more reasonable career opportunities. The U.S. ranks high in the world for its workforce productivity. It is ubiquitous for employers to look worldwide for the most talented and best fit to expand their business. If you have a critical skill that a U.S. company requires, they will lend you a hand whenever they can, from organizing visas to helping you find a place to live. If you display a good work ethic and continue to prove your skills, your career can flourish.

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On the one hand, "American Life and Institutions" indicates political issues around the United States, which is, I think, one of the strong points of the book as those politics mostly are censored and not consisted of in any other types of media. The nation's political problems are informative and frankly mentioned to be understood fully. Citizens are often subject to three tiers of authority under the American federalist system; federal, state, and local. Executive and legislative representatives are typically always chosen by a popular referendum of voters in each district. The government is also governed by a system of checks and balances created by the United States Constitution, the country’s ultimate legal institution. The form and function of the federal government, as well as its relationship with various states, are all outlined in the Constitution.

What is more, "Education has in America's whole history been the major hope for improving the individual and society" (Gunnar Myrdal). Americans have shown a significant concern for education since early colonial times. There was an unusually high proportion of educated men among the first settlers. The merit of education in American society was also reflected in the treaties of 1785 and 1787, which established principles for managing the vast new lands to the West. The general idea is that the level and quality of a society's educated inhabitants determine its destiny. It explains why many Americans who are still willing to give more money to education, even during economic difficulty. In addition, the United States does not have a national education system. Education can be seen as a concern for the residents of each state. Although a federal Department of Education is also introduced, its function is to merely gather data, advise, and support finance-specific educational programs. Education, Americans say, is "a national concern, a state responsibility, and a local function." Consequently, each of the fifty state legislatures is free to determine its system for its public educational accommodations.

I want to mention their cultures in this terrific book as a final point. Nearly all-American ancestors were immigrants or were vended as enslaved people in the past five centuries. Recent settlements from Asia, particularly Latin America, have contributed to global societies, with immigrants adding to and ultimately integrating into American society. As a result, some historical context is required. Although it is a generalization, it helps divide American cultural history into three broad stages. While no clear dividing line separates them, it influences different cultural areas, and they have some historical validity. The American Dream, or the slant that everyone can attain their version of success in society, stays a crucial role in attracting settlers. Whether this perception’s accuracy has been a subject of argument. While conventional majorityculture embraces that the United States is an unrestrictedclass society, scholars identify indispensable differences between the country's social classes, affecting socialization, language, and cultures.

Before closing the  final pages of the book, we can also see some references to have a closer look at American life and an overview of the country itself. Subsequently, the questions relating to everything we have just read are also included for you to discuss.

The American Life and Institutions is one of the most informative manuscripts I have ever read. I appreciate and recommend you have "American Life and Institutions" on your bookshelf if you are the kind of person who is likely to discover something you are interested in this country.

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