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Culture of the United States
- Created 2012-02-27
culture of the United States
is primarily a
, but is also influenced by
n cultures. American culture started its formation over 10,000 years ago with the migration of
into the region that is today the
continental United States
. It has its own unique social and cultural characteristics such as
United States of America
is an ethnically and racially
country as a result of large-scale immigration from many different countries throughout its history.
Its chief early
an influences came from
, due to colonial ties with Britain that spread the English language,
and other cultural inheritances, had a formative influence. Other important influences came from other parts of western Europe, especially
Original elements also play a strong role, such as the invention of
. Thomas Jefferson's
Notes on the State of Virginia
was perhaps the first influential domestic cultural critique by an American and a
piece to the prevailing European consensus that America's domestic originality was
. Prevalent ideas and ideals that evolved domestically, such as
, military tradition, and innovations in the arts and entertainment give a strong sense of
among the population as a whole.
American culture includes both conservative and liberal elements, scientific and religious competitiveness, political structures, risk taking and free expression, materialist and moral elements. Despite certain consistent ideological principles (e.g. individualism, egalitarianism, and faith in freedom and democracy), American culture has a variety of expressions due to its geographical scale and demographic diversity. The flexibility of U.S. culture and its highly symbolic nature lead some researchers to categorize American culture as a
identity; others see it as
It also includes elements that evolved from
, and other ethnic cultures—most prominently the
culture of African Americans
cultures from Latin America
Asian American culture
s. Many American cultural elements, especially from
, have spread across the globe through modern mass media.
The United States has often been thought of as a
, but beginning in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it trends towards cultural
and the image of a
instead. Due to the extent of American culture, there are many integrated but unique social
s within the United States. The cultural affiliations an individual in the United States may have commonly depend on
and a multitude of demographic characteristics such as religious background, occupation and ethnic group membership.
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