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America's Architectural Roots is an introduction to the remarkable diversity of ethnic building traditions that have shaped the American landscape. Dell Upton takes a broad view of the tricky term "ethnic" and includes selections on Native American, English, midwestern German, and French architecture, along with eighteen other examples of ethnic architecture. Chronologically organized, the book first looks at groups that have influenced American architecture nationwide, then surveys groups that shaped regional architectures. Most of the book's Great Plains selections focus on the vernacular architecture of the region's many ethnic groups.