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Book recommendation: a good historical overview of the US in the 1980s?

I am seeking recommendations for (reputable/peer-reviewed) essays or books that could help me develop a nuanced but well-rounded understanding of the social, political, and economic climate in 1980s America (economic deregulation is a particular point of interest). [more inside]
posted by coastisclear on Jul 14, 2014 - 8 answers

European (German) looking to move to and work in the US

Okay, I'm trying to keep this brief: I am a German citizen who's been toying with the idea of moving to America for a year or two (or more) for a while now and I need help regarding the work permit papers. More details within. [more inside]
posted by mrsh on Jan 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Why are there so few Indonesian immigrants in America?

Why are there so few Indonesian immigrants in the USA? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 2, 2013 - 17 answers

As a resident alien, where can I donate against the Tea Party?

I think the far right House representatives causing the current shutdown deserve political consequences, which I would like to take the form of losing their seats. As a non-US citizen, I cannot give money directly to any politician or campaign or related group (right?). So what's the next best option? [more inside]
posted by jacalata on Oct 2, 2013 - 16 answers

Please help us find an interesting, older US city to visit

Dear Mefites, My sister and I have an opportunity to get away for a few days in the next couple of months, and we need your help. [more inside]
posted by gothchick33 on Sep 11, 2013 - 34 answers

Help us plan our trans-American odyssey!

A friend and I are planning a month-long roadtrip down the West coast of the United States - starting in Oregon, and possibly going so far as to cross Texas and finish up in Louisiana somewhere - to take place sometime in the new year, and we'd appreciate some advice in re: must-sees and logistics. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Aug 12, 2013 - 28 answers

What's missing on our trip to San Francisco?

I'm going to SF with my partner for our first wedding anniversary - yay! We've been before and have seen some of the sights (list after the break), but are looking for things we might have missed, awesome places we haven't eaten at, great things we haven't seen, etc, so we can make the most of it. Only limiting factor: neither of us drive. [more inside]
posted by abbagoochie on Apr 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Help identifying two Southern CA trees?

These two trees are in my friend's new Los Angeles backyard. Any idea what they are? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Who are the most famous Americans I haven't heard of?

Who are the most famous Americans I probably don't know about because their fame is primarily within non-English speaking communities? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 10, 2012 - 21 answers

Trilogy set in Britain, Scandinavia and America

I read a fiction trilogy in the 1990s. The first book was set in Britain (or England), the second in a Scandinavian country (Norway or Sweden), and the third in the USA. What was the trilogy? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Nov 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Things to do in Richmond when you're bored

I'm going to be visiting family in the United States next week, specifically Richmond, TX and Chicago. There have been previous many posts on Chicago, so I think I have that covered but does anyone know if there is anything interesting for this potentially bored Londoner to do while hanging out in Texas? [more inside]
posted by joboe on Oct 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Suggest a road trip of around 10 hours from Orlando!

Can you suggest some amazing places for me to visit within a ~10 hour drive of Orlando, Florida? I will be leaving Orlando on September 1st and have to be back either in Orlando or in Atlanta, Georgia afternoon of 7th September for my flight back to London, England. New Orleans is one enticing idea so far, Miami slightly less so...but very keen to get some suggestions from the hive mind. Everything from historic landmarks to city culture to the big wide open considered (and I'm a big fan of freshwater swimming too). [more inside]
posted by skylar on Jul 30, 2012 - 20 answers

USA-based phone solutions for non-residents?

Non-American who occasionally travels to America wants a Southern California phone number (Los Angeles area) that has data and that my friends can text to. My phone works on all USA carriers. What's the cheapest permanent solution? A web-based (or other non-cell) solution is also welcome as long as people can text to the number. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on May 11, 2012 - 11 answers

I don't know anything about their race, history, or culture, but I'm sure they stand for everything we stand against.

Oddball American history question: Who was the worst Secretary of State? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Apr 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Is it really possible to 'steal' the nomination?

I keep reading rumors of Ron Paul supporters sneaking their delegates into state conventions. How plausible is it that Ron Paul can get the nomination with this strategy? And if it can't get the nomination, what can he do with all the extra delegates?
posted by empath on Feb 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Show America the Beautiful to a Brazilian host family!

I'd like to send a coffee-table photography book of the U.S. with my son as a gift to his student-exchange host family. My Amazon-fu is failing me! [more inside]
posted by drlith on Jan 26, 2012 - 7 answers

How should I report misuse of the Great Seal?

I received some junk mail designed to look like a tax form, and featuring the Great Seal of the United States, which is a crime. How should I report this, to best ensure the guilty are punished?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Jan 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Lawyer in which country?

For an Australian citizen thinking of moving to the United States, is it better to see an immigration lawyer in Australia, or one in the US, for consultation? This assumes that one is currently in Australia, but travels occasionally to the US. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Importing a bulky, expensive thing to the US from Canada

Seller is in Alberta, buyer (me) is in Pennsylvania. The item is $1,600 US and ships in a big crate... how do I do this correctly? [more inside]
posted by tss on Dec 6, 2011 - 1 answer

Tell me about Modern Weird America.

Tell me about Modern Weird America. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Aug 30, 2011 - 23 answers

If I like Japanese beer, what other beer will I like?

I like Japanese beer. What other beer commonly found in American bars will I also like? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Jun 16, 2011 - 27 answers

Ah, 1950s America. Land of Apple Pies, the Red-White-Blue and... Innocence?

I've often heard it mentioned that life in the USA in the 1950s was 'innocent'. I get a vague understanding of this of course; family values were high, conservatism was the norm, morality was almost Victorian etc., but what exactly does 'innocence' mean when used to describe a society at large, 1950s USA in particular? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Jun 12, 2011 - 67 answers

When did the idea of America being the "freest country in the world" gain popularity?

When did the idea of America being the "freest country in the world" first gain popularity? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Apr 20, 2011 - 14 answers

The Times They Are a-Changin'

In order to prepare a competitive examination, I've got to delve deep into North American counterculture history. What should I read ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Feb 8, 2011 - 26 answers

How exactly does America stay competitive, anyways?

How exactly does America stay competitive, anyways? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic on Jan 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Travel from Canada to the US with a passport expiring in < 6 months

Will I be able to enter the US with a Canadian passport that expires in 4 1/2 months? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Jan 17, 2011 - 6 answers

US/Canadian Visiting Cuba – Bad idea or not bad idea?

US/Canadian Visiting Cuba – Bad idea or not bad idea? [more inside]
posted by PersonPerson on Jan 15, 2011 - 24 answers

American West, 1870-1890, what was goin' on?

[bookfilter] Recommend me a good book or two about the American West circa 1870 - 1890. History or historical fiction, for fun reading, not research. [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 on Nov 14, 2010 - 27 answers

Whither Goes Dad's Recliner?

Everyone seems to agree that the middle class is disappearing in the USA. What (reliable) studies and figures back this up? [more inside]
posted by keratacon on Oct 15, 2010 - 15 answers

Can and should the Federal Reserve assume public debts to stimulate the economy?

The US states are massively in debt, and public-sector layoffs are causing unemployment to stay high, even while the private sector recovers. The Federal Reserve can create dollars from nothing, and at the moment inflation is apparently a minor concern compared to deflation. What would happen if the Federal Reserve assumed much or all of the debt of the states? They could pay off the debts ex nihilo at a speed of their choosing, while allowing the states to create or save jobs. They could also simply grant money to those states that have relatively little debt. Does anything like this happen, and should it? [Not an economist]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Sep 14, 2010 - 22 answers

The downfall of the United States.

In what way(s) might the United States cease to be, how likely are those scenarios, and what would happen as a result? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jul 7, 2010 - 35 answers

Where to publish a long eclectic philosophical and literary essay?

Where could I publish an eclectic novella-length philosophical and literary essay? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Apr 6, 2010 - 9 answers

USA: A People's History

Is there an american series of documentary that tells the story of how USA came to be what it is? [more inside]
posted by PowerCat on Jan 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Magically delicious.

Help me send my friend in Ireland some very American things. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on Sep 27, 2009 - 31 answers

I want the biggest and smallest. The rest can suck it.

Where can I find a list of the smallest things (and for that matter) the biggest things in America? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Let's go to Little Canada!

A few months ago I read about French-Canadian immigration into the U.S. from the 1840s to 1930s. Evidently, some of these immigrants established "Little Canadas." I'd like to learn more about them. [more inside]
posted by Korou on Aug 31, 2009 - 17 answers

What US food has this Brit never tried?

My first trip to the US is coming up; having been brought up with American films and American TV shows, I am compiling a list of all the things we just don't have in the UK (mostly food) to try. Only my list isn't too long at the moment. Can any MeFites help? [more inside]
posted by Nufkin on Aug 29, 2009 - 122 answers

Constitutionality of US federal death penalty

How would a more qualified person refute my dumb legal theory regarding the death penalty? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Aug 27, 2009 - 18 answers

Nursing in New Zealand vs. nursing in the US.

Nursing in New Zealand vs. nursing in the US? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon on Jun 14, 2009 - 2 answers

What does writing a sponsor letter for someone to visit the US entail?

What does writing a sponsor letter for someone to visit the US entail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2009 - 1 answer

Move this Aussie from down under to up yonder.

Immigration Law! Help me get my bagged Aussie into the U.S. and A. [more inside]
posted by metalheart on Oct 26, 2008 - 14 answers

So, when will we know who won this thing, eh?

How does projecting the winner of the US presidential election work? And what is the earliest time at which the election may be called? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Oct 15, 2008 - 23 answers

Does Katie Couric get to pick which news item opens the broadcast?

What kind of influence do US network anchors have on the news selection and editing process? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Aug 1, 2008 - 7 answers

what's made in usa and where do i get it?

For my 4th of July present to America, I want to start buying American-made products. Where can I do so in San Diego? And would you be willing to make a list for me of American companies that make frequently-needed products? [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier on Jul 2, 2008 - 12 answers

What happens (legally) when an American and a Japanese person marry?

International Marriage filter: When a US Citizen marries a foreigner, what process is involved in bringing the new spouse to the US and getting permanent resident status? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jun 23, 2008 - 15 answers

Hey, it's a free country

Do other non-U.S. countries/cultures use the phrase "It's a free country?" [more inside]
posted by ALongDecember on Oct 26, 2007 - 31 answers

Are there any Americatowns?

Are there any "Americatowns" or "Little New Yorks"? I mean, are there any neighborhoods outside the U.S. that are known for having a sizable American expatriate/emigrant population and culture? I'm not talking about tourist ghettos in popular vacation spots. Nor am I interested in discussing the many American businesses and aspects of American culture that have spread outside the U.S. I just want to know if there are neighborhoods of non-American cities where a sizable, cohesive community of Americans live and work.
posted by mahamandarava on May 8, 2007 - 39 answers

Good books on history of US foreign relations?

Anyone have any suggestions for insightful, well-written books on the history of U.S. foreign relations?
posted by Malad on Dec 8, 2006 - 5 answers

American history in fifteen books or less

Help me create a comprehensive reading list on American history [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jul 17, 2006 - 37 answers

work in the us/not summer camp

I would like to work in the USA for a year, but camp counsellor is not right for me. Are there any programs offering alternative types of work? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish on May 1, 2006 - 9 answers

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