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Made in America : an informal history of the English language in the United States

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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A linguistic history, told through anecdote and humor, of American speech and English word usage in the United States.
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Genre/Form: History
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Bryson, Bill.
Made in America.
New York : W. Morrow, c1994
(OCoLC)622641237
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bryson
ISBN: 068810312X 9780688103125
OCLC Number: 31738238
Description: xii, 417 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction (p.ix) --
The Mayflower and before (p.1) --
Becoming Americans (p.13) --
A "democratical phrenzy" : America in the age of revolution (p.30) --
Making a nation (p.48) --
By the dawn's early light : forging a national identity (p.64) --
We're in the money : the age of invention (p.82) --
Names (p.100) --
"Manifest destiny" : taming the West (p.119) --
The melting pot : immigration in America (p.134) --
When the going was good : travel in America (p.156) --
What's cooking? : eating in America (p.180) --
Democratizing luxury : shopping in America (p.206) --
Manners and other matters (p.219) --
The hard sell : advertising in America (p.235) --
The movies (p.248) --
The pursuit of pleasure : sport and play (p.263) --
Of bombs and bunkum : politics and war (p.287) --
Sex and other distractions (p.304) --
From Kitty Hawk to the jumbo jet (p.324) --
Welcome to the space age : the 1950s and beyond (p.334) --
American English today (p.352) --
Notes on sources (p.365) --
Select bibliography (p.385) --
Index (p.395).
Responsibility: Bill Bryson.

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A linguistic history, told through anecdote and humor, of American speech and English word usage in the United States.

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