Redefining American Identity: From Cabeza de Vaca to Barack Obama

Springer
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Using five personal narratives and in contrast to both the traditional and multicultural narratives, this book suggest cross-cultural transformation has been at the core of America since the first moments of contact.
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BENJAMIN RAILTON Assistant Professor of American and Ethnic Literature at Fitchburg State College, USA.
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Publisher
Springer
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Published on
Apr 11, 2011
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Pages
187
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ISBN
9780230118669
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)
History / General
History / Social History
History / United States / General
Psychology / Personality
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Sociology / General
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