Ethnicity and American Popular Culture

  • David A. Gerber
  • Alan M. Kraut


There has been an ongoing debate in American society over how best to characterize the culture of this nation of nations. Some have argued that migrants to the United States engage in an adherence to a slightly modified English style of behavior, an Anglo-conformity, after arrival because so many aspects of the American political and judicial systems are derived from the English heritage of the Founders. While not all newcomers choose to learn English immediately upon arrival, most eventually wholly or partially conform to the linguistic and cultural patterns derived from the experience of the former English colonists who fought the revolution and formulated the constitution, according to this model.


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Suggestions for Further Reading

  1. Richard Alba & Victor Nee, Remaking the American Mainstream, Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  • Alan M. Kraut

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