Yellow Pages


The 1930s

Cultural Maps

Capitol Project



WELCOMEto AS@UVA, the HomePage for The American Studies Group at The University of Virginia.

We've been online for just over four years now -- and it feels like we're actually beginning to get somewhere. Absolutely the best measure of this progress can be seen in theSampler of Student Projects.But it can also be seen in theReview of the American Studies Master's Degree Programwhich was completed in the Fall of 1999. And it is also evident in these larger projects and services, all produced by students in the process of their learning and as a service to anyone interested in the study of American Culture.

The Yellow Pages Directory

A selective, annotated directory of resources for American Studies. Of particular use are selective, current and annotated set of resources inEthnic Studies,Gender Studies,Literature,Philosophy and Religion,Popular Culture,The Social Sciences,andScience and Technology.

Each directory is maintained by and editor or editors whose task it is to provide you with the the most current and useful links in their particular area.


An archive of American Studies hypertext projects, all produced here at The University of Virginia. Texts which have recently come on line or which will be available shortly include works by Crevecoeur, Twain, Poe, Henry Adams, Melville, Joel Chandler Harris, Alexis de Tocqueville, Stephen Crane, Cooper, Dickens, Poe, Jefferson, Charles Brockden Brown, Harriet Wilson, Harriet Jacobs, Thorstein Veblen, D.H. Lawrence, Sinclair Lewis, Max Weber, Booker T. Washington, and Francis Parkman.Hypertextsalso includes two interesting cumulative projects, one based on Henry Nash Smith'sVirgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myththe other on Alan Trachtenberg'sThe Incorporation of America.

Cultural Maps

This is still pretty embronic, but it does include a set of maps relating to U.S. territorial expansion and an exhibit portraying the development of the cartographic representation of America up through the Jeffersonian Era. Frankly, we're looking for help constructing an electronic American Historical Atlas.

The Capitol Project

An infinitely extensible exploration of the National Capitol as the central icon of our civic religion. This site now has a rich variety ofprojectson the social construction of The Capitol. Some projects focus on art objects found in the Rotunda, others explore the ideological threads that connect objects throughout the building, while still others examine sites on and beyond the Mall that support or contest the ideology manufactured within The Capitol.

The 1930s

The 1930s in America were a time of unparalleled contradiction and complexity. Bracketed on one end by Black Tuesday of the Great Depression and on the other end by the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the years between 1929 and 1941 were characterized by what Terry Cooney calls "Balancing Acts," a dance between big government and various regional movements, with the depths of the Depression and the height of the Modern Age thrown in for good measure. Despite its cultural richness, the 1930s remain nearly invisible in contemporary discussions of America's artistic, cultural, political, economic, and social development. This site is an attempt to shed light on that decade and describe its importance to modern American thought and culture.

American Studies @ UVA

Undergraduate and graduate program descriptions as well as course syllabi and sample student and faculty projects for the most recent program year.

Last updated August 20, 2000