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American culture

Art, music, literature, people, sports, technology, business, politics, religion and more in the United States. American culture is primarily Western, but is influenced by African, Asian, and Latin American and Native American cultures.

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American culture

beat generation

Culture; American culture

Anticipating the counterculture of the 1960s, the beat generation rejected the life of the “organization man” and suburban culture. A generation weary of conventions, beat artists undertook a ...


Culture; American culture

Any baby born in the US, regardless of the status of its parents, is automatically an American citizen. Nearly 4 million citizens were born annually in the 1990s, the birth rate having peaked above ...

Puerto Ricans

Culture; American culture

Approximately 3 million Puerto Ricans live in the continental United States, with a large concentration of 2 million in New York City. Migration from Puerto Rico to New York began with merchants in ...

independent counsel

Culture; American culture

Archibald Cox, appointed special prosecutor in 1973 by Richard Nixon’s Attorney-General to investigate White House involvement in the Watergate break-in, ordered the president to turn over Oval ...

Harlem, New York City

Culture; American culture

Area of northern Manhattan to the Harlem River, variously defined—depending on the shifting racial and ethnic composition, and the resulting perception of desirability—as having boundaries of 110th ...

speed traps

Culture; American culture

Areas of especially vigorous enforcement of highway speed limits, often involving marked cars or abrupt changes of posted velocities. While argued as legitimate controls on speeding, these traps, ...

Armenian Americans

Culture; American culture

Armenians began arriving in the US in large numbers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when they were driven out of historical homelands by the Ottoman Turks. The largest diasporan ...

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