Continue Reading. Other nineteenth-century writers, such as Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Mark Twain, articulated moral and ethical questions about the new country and were particularly influential for their critique of American puritanism.
The American experience, moreover, commenced just at the time when the force of tradition in Europe was beginning to give ground before private judgment, widespread literacy, philosophical rationalism, and modern exact science.
The State of the Physical and Social Sciences The United States is a leading producer and exporter of scientific knowledge and technology. A significant number of Americans of all ethnic backgrounds live in nontraditional families. It's at least partially an illusion, though, and is a popular tactic in political propaganda.
The family farm is clearly on the decline.
The overwhelming majority of the people are Christian. Other contemporary novels try to deconstruct the experience of the "norm" in American culture. Individualism is prized, and this is reflected in the family unit. Baseball is often referred to as the "national pastime. In general, it appears that the gap between rich and poor is growing.
Stratification is visible in many facets of daily life. Alternative models of family life are important in American life.