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Title: The Culture, Traditions, and Heritage of The United States

The Culture, Traditions, and Heritage of The
United States
Cultural Traits of America
The diversity of Americas ethnic groups and
cultures has helped shaped the values of the
countrys people.  Some individuals and groups,
of course, have a set of respected values that
are quite different from those of mainstream
America, and their attitudes and behaviors are
based on and tend to reflect these values. 
However, in looking at America as a whole it is
fairly easy to discern the traits and
institutions that seem to have the most bearing
on the way Americans think and behaveparticularly
their individualism and employment.
Cultural Aspects of America
Religion plays a major role in the lives of
Americans, and the United States is home to
people of all faiths and creeds.  According to
census data, nearly three-quarters of the
American population self-identifies as
Christian.  About half of those practice one of
the many Protestant faiths, and over one-quarter
follows the precepts of the Roman Catholic
Church.  Additionally, a small percentage of
people belong to the Church of Latter Day Saints,
better known as the Mormon Church.  These
numbers, however, do not accurately reflect
religious participation in the country, which has
dwindled gradually every year since the 1950s.
The Arts
  • The United States is a world leader and pioneer
    in mass media production, including television
    and the movies.  Beginning in the early 1950s,
    the television industry quickly took a hold in
    America, and today the various programs of the
    United States are shown throughout the world. 
  • In every corner of the nation, no American is
    ever far from a television, and from a cultural
    standpoint, television is easily the countrys
    most preferred form of entertainment. 
  • Depending on the Cable or Satellite Television
    provider and package one chooses, Americans have
    access to hundreds of channels and a variety of
    interesting and enjoyable programming. 

The heartland of America is known for its
scrumptious comfort food, with recipes that can
be traced back to Germany and many Eastern
European countries.  Family style dishes are very
popular in this region, especially what is known
as Hot Dish.  Hot Dish is an all-in-one meal a
type of casserole invented for its convenience
and ability to feed large groups of people. 
Typical Hot Dishes are made using some type of
meatbeef, pork, chickenmixed with potatoes and
vegetables and cooked in a cream sauce, such as
cream of mushroom soup.  Casseroles such as these
are the perfect family meal solution for the cold
winter nights of Chicago, Michigan and Minnesota.
Sports in the United States
Holidays and Celebrations
Many holidays and celebrations are observed in
the United States, beginning on January 1, when
the country rings in the New Year with a bang. 
Each year, tens of thousands of people gather in
New Yorks Times Square to watch the iconic
ball drop, counting down to the stroke of
midnight, while people around the country offer a
toast for a healthy and prosperous new year. 
Americans celebrate their independence from the
British each year on July the 4celebrations that
are marked by fireworks, backyard barbecues and
plenty of good will.  Memorial Day, celebrated on
the last Monday in May, honors those who have
died in military service and Labor Day, observed
on the first Monday in September, celebrates the
countrys workforce. Thanksgiving is another
emblematic and distinctively American holiday. 
It falls on the fourth Thursday in November and
dates back to colonial times, when the first
Pilgrims and the Native Americans celebrated the
harvest.  Presidents Day in the United States,
marking the birthdays of George Washington and
Abraham Lincoln, among others, is a federal
holiday that occurs on the third Monday in
February. The sacrifices of Americas veterans
are honored on Veterans Day, observed on
November 11, and the contributions of civil
rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. are
remembered on the third Monday in January.
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