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The United States of America is a federal republic of 50 states, a capital district, and a few other territories. It resides mostly in central North America. The U.S. has three land borders, two with Canada and one with Mexico, and is otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Bering Sea, the Arctic Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. Of the 50 states, only Alaska and Hawaii are not contiguous with any other state. The U.S. also has a collection of districts, territories, and possessions around the world. Each state has a high level of local autonomy according to the system of federalism. The United States traces its national origin to the declaration by 13 British colonies in 1776 that they were free and independent states. They were recognized as such by the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Since then, the nation has grown to become a global superpower and exerts a high level of economic, political, military, and cultural influence.

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The United States is home to a wide array of regional styles and scenes.

Music intertwines with aspects of American social and cultural identity, including through social class, race and ethnicity, geography, religion, language, gender and sexuality. The relationship between music and race is perhaps the most potent determiner of musical meaning in the United States. The development of an African American musical identity, out of disparate sources from Africa and Europe, has been a constant theme in the music history of the United States. Little documentation exists of colonial-era African American music, when styles, songs and instruments from across West Africa commingled in the melting pot of slavery. By the mid-19th century, a distinctly African American folk tradition was well-known and widespread, and African American musical techniques, instruments and images became a part of mainstream American music through spirituals, minstrel shows and slave songs. African American musical styles became an integral part of American popular music through blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and then rock and roll, soul and hip hop; all of these styles were consumed by Americans of all races, but were created in African American styles and idioms before eventually becoming common in performance and consumption across racial lines. In contrast, country music derives from both African and European, as well as Native American and Hawaiian, traditions and yet has long been perceived as a form of white music.

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Laura Bush

Laura Lane Welch Bush (born Laura Lane Welch on November 4, 1946, in Midland, Texas) is the wife of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. She was the First Lady of the United States from January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009. She has held a love of books and reading since childhood and her life and education have reflected that interest. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in education and soon took a job as a second grade school teacher. After attaining her Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Texas at Austin, she was employed as a librarian. She met George Walker Bush in 1977 and they were married later that year. The couple had twin daughters born to them in 1981.

Polled by Gallup as one of the most popular first ladies, Laura Bush was involved in topics of both national and global concern during her tenure. She continued to advance her trademark interests of education and literacy by establishing the semi-annual National Book Festival in 2001 and encouraged education on a worldwide scale. She also advanced women’s causes through The Heart Truth and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She represented the United States during her foreign trips, which tended to focus on HIV/AIDS and malaria awareness. In May 2010, Bush released her memoir, Spoken from the Heart, in conjunction with a national tour.

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I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty, or give me Death!

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Pittsburgh is the largest city in both Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley, as well as the second largest in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The city is situated at the historic Forks of the Ohio where the Allegheny River, and Monongahela River join to form the Ohio.

The city was named for British Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder almost twenty years before the Revolutionary War, in honor of his unique support for the frontiers people crossing into the American interior. The city is a leader in the medical, academic, technology, finance, metals and energy industries. It is the home to the world’s largest concentration of bridges, America’s most steps, and seven major universities including top ranked University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

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William Gibson

William Gibson (born March 17, 1948) is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the “noir prophet” of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction. Gibson coined the term “cyberspace” in his short story “Burning Chrome” and later popularized the concept in his debut novel, Neuromancer (1984). In envisaging cyberspace, Gibson created an iconography for the information age before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s. He is also credited with predicting the rise of reality television and with establishing the conceptual foundations for the rapid growth of virtual environments such as video games and the Web.

After expanding on Neuromancer with two more novels to complete the dystopic Sprawl trilogy, Gibson became a central figure to an entirely different science fiction subgenre – steampunk – with the 1990 alternate history novel The Difference Engine, written in collaboration with Bruce Sterling. In the 1990s he composed the Bridge trilogy of novels, which focused on sociological observations of near future urban environments and late-stage capitalism. His most recent novels – Pattern Recognition (2003) and Spook Country (2007) – are set in a contemporary world and have put Gibson’s work onto mainstream bestseller lists for the first time.

To date, Gibson has written more than twenty short stories, nine novels (one in collaboration), a nonfiction artist’s book, and has contributed articles to several major publications and collaborated extensively with performance artists, filmmakers and musicians.

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As of 4 April 2019, there are 1,187 featured and 3,008 good articles within WikiProject United States scope. This makes up 5.41% of the articles on Wikipedia, 13.33% of all featured articles and lists, and 10.24% of all good articles. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, etcetera, there are 1,022,656 pages in the project.
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Joseph Barbera
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Judy Garland
Jake Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Anthony Michael Hall
William Hanna
Phil Hartman
Ethan Hawke
Katie Holmes
Janet Jackson
Michael Jackson
Angelina Jolie
Diane Keaton
Madonna (entertainer)
Austin Nichols
Brad Pitt
Nancy Reagan
Ronald Reagan
Aaron Sorkin
KaDee Strickland
Sharon Tate
Reese Witherspoon
Anna May Wong;
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James Robert Baker
William D. Boyce
Stephen Crane
Emily Dickinson
George Washington Dixon
Zelda Fitzgerald
Margaret Fuller
William Gibson
Rufus Wilmot Griswold
Ernest Hemingway
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Jenna Jameson
James Russell Lowell
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I. M. Pei
Edgar Allan Poe
Roman Vishniac
Nathaniel Parker Willis;
Alice in Chains
Bix Beiderbecke
Big Star
Mariah Carey
Bob Dylan
Flea (musician)
Black Francis
John Frusciante
The Greencards
Insane Clown Posse
Janet Jackson
Michael Jackson
Bradley Joseph
Maynard James Keenan
Frank Klepacki
David Lovering
Madonna (entertainer)
John Mayer
Nine Inch Nails
Nirvana (band)
The Notorious B.I.G.
Leo Ornstein
Ellis Paul
Pearl Jam
Elvis Presley
The Smashing Pumpkins
Elliott Smith
Gwen Stefani
The Supremes
Tool (band)
Uncle Tupelo
Frank Zappa;
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Nick Adenhart
Shelton Benjamin
Moe Berg
Tim Duncan
Bobby Eaton
Orval Grove
Art Houtteman
Magic Johnson
Michael Jordan
Bart King
Sandy Koufax
Jimmy McAleer
Bob Meusel
Stan Musial
Ben Paschal
CM Punk
J. R. Richard
Jackie Robinson
Bill Russell
Sigi Schmid
Lee Smith (baseball)
Ozzie Smith
Paul Stastny
Jim Thorpe
Tyrone Wheatley

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Simon Bolivar Buckner
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Frederick Russell Burnham
Wesley Clark
Brian Eaton
Gerald Ford
Winfield Scott Hancock
Benjamin Harrison
William Henry Harrison
Rutherford B. Hayes
Thomas C. Hindman
Thomas C. Kinkaid
Eli Lilly
John McCain
George B. McClellan
Fred Moosally
Sylvanus Morley
Edwin Taylor Pollock
Ronald Reagan
Uriel Sebree
Lawrence Sullivan Ross
Isaac Shelby
William Tecumseh Sherman
Myles Standish
Edward Teller
Benjamin Franklin Tilley
Stephen Trigg
Harriet Tubman;
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Samuel Adams
J. C. W. Beckham
Daniel Boone
William O’Connell Bradley
Simon Bolivar Buckner
Henry Cornelius Burnett
Charles Carroll the Settler
Murray Chotiner
Wesley Clark
Grover Cleveland
Calvin Coolidge
Richard Cordray
John J. Crittenden
Gerald Ford
Wendell Ford
William Goebel
Emma Goldman
John W. Johnston
Franklin Knight Lane
John McCain
George B. McClellan
Bob McEwen
Thomas R. Marshall
Harvey Milk
Edwin P. Morrow
Pat Nixon
Barack Obama
Rosa Parks
Paul E. Patton
Edwin Taylor Pollock
Nancy Reagan
Ronald Reagan
Theodore Roosevelt
Lawrence Sullivan Ross
Terry Sanford
Antonin Scalia
Solomon P. Sharp
Isaac Shelby
Augustus Owsley Stanley
Stephen Trigg
Jerry Voorhis
Daniel Webster
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman;
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Edward Drinker Cope
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
David A. Johnston
Eli Lilly
Glynn Lunney
Barbara McClintock
Sylvanus Morley
Gerard K. O’Neill
Hilary Putnam
Edward Teller
Roman Vishniac
Otto Julius Zobel

Featured lists: There are over 230 Featured lists in the scope of United States including:
109th United States Congress
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Korean War Medal of Honor recipients
Most populous counties in the United States
National Parks of the United States
Tallest buildings in Washington, D.C.
U.S. state name etymologies
U.S. states by population
United States Secretary of Energy
Volcanoes in the Hawaiian – Emperor seamount chain
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New York
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American Civil War
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Military of the United States (United States Navy, United States Air Force)
U.S. Roads (Maryland Roads, Michigan Highways)


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U.S. Dollar • Companies • Wall StreetFederal ReserveBankingStandard of living (Personal & Household incomeIncome inequalityHomeownership) • CommunicationsTransportation (CarsTrucksHighwaysAirportsRailroads) • Tourism

Demographics (book A, B) • Languages (American EnglishSpanish) • ReligionSocial class (American DreamAffluenceMiddle classPovertyEducational attainmentProfessional and working class conflict) • MediaEducationHolidaysCrimePrisonsHealth care

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