Pop Culture Places
An Encyclopedia of Places in American Popular Culture
by Gladys L. Knight
August 2014, 1041pp, 8 1/2x11
3 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39882-7
$326, £251, 284€, A447
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What happened before still shapes the present—past places as well as events.

This three-volume reference set explores the history, relevance, and significance of pop culture locations in the United States—places that have captured the imagination of the American people and reflect the diversity of the nation.

Pop Culture Places: An Encyclopedia of Places in American Popular Culture serves as a resource for high school and college students as well as adult readers that contains more than 350 entries on a broad assortment of popular places in America. Covering places from Ellis Island to Fisherman’s Wharf, the entries reflect the tremendous variety of sites, historical and modern, emphasizing the immense diversity and historical development of our nation.

Readers will gain an appreciation of the historical, social, and cultural impact of each location and better understand how America has come to be a nation and evolved culturally through the lens of popular places. Approximately 200 sidebars serve to highlight interesting facts while images throughout the book depict the places described in the text. Each entry supplies a brief bibliography that directs students to print and electronic sources of additional information.


  • Enables readers to perceive how their lives have been influenced by everyday places in the past, from centuries ago to the modern era
  • Provides unique and enlightening insights through a comprehensive overview of the history, contemporary perspectives, and pop culture influences of places across America
  • Spotlights historic locations central to films, television, music, and daily life to teach students about American history and culture through topics that interest them
Gladys L. Knight is an author whose published works include Greenwood's Icons of African American Protest: Trailblazing Activists of the Civil Rights Movement and Female Action Heroes: A Guide to Women in Comics, Video Games, Film, and Television.


"American-history textbooks and reference works generally give readers the facts: who, what, where, when, and why. This reference set also provides facts on American history but does so through the lens of popular culture. This perspective gives readers a different way to learn and contextualize the history and development of the U.S. . . . With the blend of historical facts and popular-culture information, Pop Culture Places: An Encyclopedia of Places in American Popular Culture is a beneficial resource for students and the interested casual reader. The work would be a great addition to public, high school, and undergraduate libraries."—Booklist, December 1, 2014

"[T]his work will appeal to high school, college, and adult [readers] wanting a pathway into many of the places we have known growing up or that we frequent on a daily basis. The writing style will attract many to explore further topics within the volumes. Readers will enjoy reconnecting with old, sometimes forgotten, places and discovering new places through browsing the pages. The binding opens flat for easy photocopying or scanning. The work is appropriate for all general collections at the high school level and above."—ARBA, November 12, 2014

"Summing Up: Recommended. Public libraries; general readers."—Choice, January 1, 2015
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