Material Culture in America

An Encyclopedia

By Wajda, Shirley Teresa & Sheumaker, Helen & Forman-Brunell, Miriam

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ISBN
978-1-57607-647-7
Publisher
ABC-CLIO


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Reviewed on April 1, 2008

One stands in awe of the effort by editors Sheumaker (Miami Univ. of Ohio) and Wajda (Kent State Univ.) to craft a small A-to-Z encyclopedia of the material "stuff" of American culture past and present and its significance for our society. The endless, miscellaneous sea of choices boggles the mind. What to include and how to organize it in a mere 200 entries of only one to three pages in length? Unfortunately, the editors do not clearly explain the selection criteria, and the alphabetical format and lack of thematic indexing make it difficult to see an overall conceptual framework. The signed entries appear to cover such categories as ph...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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