The Americas

An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society

by Kimberly J. Morse, Editor


From Cape Columbia, Canada to Águila Islet, Chile, over 1 billion people reside in the Americas, with countless shared and unique cultures and customs.

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October 2020


Pages 871
Volumes 2
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Countries and Regions
  World History/Culture
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This two-volume encyclopedia profiles the contemporary culture and society of every country in the Americas, from Canada and the United States to the islands of the Caribbean and the many countries of Latin America.

From delicacies to dances, this encyclopedia introduces readers to cultures and customs of all of the countries of the Americas, explaining what makes each country unique while also demonstrating what ties the cultures and peoples together.

The Americas profiles the 40 nations and territories that make up North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, including British, U.S., Dutch, and French territories. Each country profile takes an in-depth look at contemporary topics such as religion, lifestyle and leisure, cuisine, gender roles, dress, festivals, music, visual arts, and architecture, among many others, while also providing contextual information on history, politics, and economics. Readers will be able to draw cross-cultural comparisons, such as between gender roles in Mexico and those in Brazil. Coverage on every country in the region provides readers with a useful compendium of cultural information, ideal for anyone interested in geography, social studies, global studies, and anthropology.


  • Covers every country in the region, as well as territories and Puerto Rico
  • Facilitates drawing cross-cultural comparisons
  • Features contributions from Latin American historians, geographers, anthropologists, political scientists, and literary scholars
  • Provides at-a-glance information about each country in quick facts boxes at the beginning of each chapter
  • Illuminates entries with complementary photos and maps
  • Includes Comprehensive Further Reading lists at the end of each entry that encourage readers to seek additional information
Author Info

Kimberly J. Morse, PhD, is professor of history at Washburn University. She is coauthor of ABC-CLIO's Venezuela and has written articles on Venezuelan history. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Council of Latin American Studies, the American Society for Ethnohistory, the Kansas Association of Historians, and MANA de Topeka. She is the 2016 recipient of the Herrick Award for Outstanding Service at Washburn University.

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