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The United States Of America

Updated on June 20, 2014

The United States Of America

The United States of America is a unique country in that it was formed out of the desire for freedom, not out of the desire to conquer another nation.

From the discovery of the "New World" in 1492, the USA and it's neighboring Caribbean and Central/South American regions were colonized by the British, Spanish, French, and Dutch. The thirteen original states were under British Rule until the American Revolution. This armed revolt began in 1775, and in 1776 these states joined together to form one union, breaking away from their colonial masters with the Declaration Of Independence.

The founding fathers laid down laws based on freedom, and the equality of all men, resulting in t he Bill Of Rights and the Constitution Of The United States.

More states were formed over time as pioneers moved out west, the last two that form the current fifty states being Alaska and Hawaii which both joined the union in 1959.

By the mid 1800's there had appeared a sharp divide between the northern and the southern states. The northern states were becoming more industrialized, whereas the southern states still relied on agriculture for their livelihood. This divide was deepened further by the issue of slavery, with the majority of the north believing that this should be abolished. The southern states however relied very much on slavery for the harvesting of cotton, and opposed this idea. The political issues resulted in the forming of the Confederacy, and ultimately the American Civil War of 1861-1865.

By the beginning of the 20th century the USA was developing into a super power, and ties with Europe were strengthened with their willingness to join in the fight against Germany during WWI.

The Great Depression of the 1930's caused economic chaos during which millions of people lost their jobs and were barely surviving. These years also saw the growth of "The Mob" with gangsters such as Al Capone and Bonnie And Clyde. Many old millionaires lost their fortunes as companies went bankrupt one after the other, and at the same time many new millionaires were born, often those who were able to find a way to profit from the misfortune of others.

World War II saw the United States withhold from entry into the war, until the Japanese attacked the US Fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on 7th December 1941.

Following the victories over Germany and Japan at the end of WWII, the USA became the worlds most powerful nation.

This document from the CIA provides an excellent guide to the background, geography and economic make-up of the United States.


Links to each state work up as far as Colorado at this time.

I will update this as new lenses are added for each state

Many thanks to www.schoollibrary.com for use of the USA map and to Free Blogger Backgrounds for the Stars and Stripes background.

This work is the copyright of the author. Please DO NOT copy this page elsewhere either in print or online. Photos are copyright of the credited sources.

The States That Make Up The USA

This is a set of lenses about the United States Of America and includes all 50 states, with a lens for each. Each lens includes one or more lists where you can add any lenses that are relevant to that state. I am hoping that you, my fellow Squidoo lensmasters, will help me to complete the missing detail for each state by adding your lenses to the lists .

ALABAMA         ALASKA          ARIZONA

ARKANSAS        CALIFORNIA      COLORADO

CONNECTICUT     DELAWARE        FLORIDA

GEORGIA         HAWAII          IDAHO

ILLINOIS        INDIANA         IOWA

KANSAS          KENTUCKY        LOUISIANA

MAINE           MARYLAND        MASSACHUSETTS

MICHIGAN        MINNESOTA       MISSISSIPPI

MISSOURI        MONTANA         NEBRASKA

NEVADA          NEW HAMPSHIRE   NEW JERSEY

NEW MEXICO      NEW YORK        NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH DAKOTA    OHIO            OKLAHOMA

OREGON          PENNSYLVANIA    RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA  SOUTH DAKOTA    TENNESSEE

TEXAS           UTAH            VERMONT

VIRGINIA        WASHINGTON      WEST VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN       WYOMING         THE USA

Squidoo Lensmasters:

You can add your lenses to the following lists about the USA:

The United States

911

The War Of Independence

The Civil War

US Presidents & Government

The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner is the National Anthem for the United States Of America.

America The Beautiful

A classic rendition of "America The Beautiful" sung by Barbara Streisand.

America by Simon And Garfunkel

"America" by Simon And Garfunkel is the definitive pop song about the United States Of America

America by Yes

Simon And Garfunkel's "America" arranged by YES. A personal favorite of mine from the album "Yesterdays", a compilation of their first 2 albums.

Know Your State's Motto

Do you know your state's motto?

Do you know your State's motto? Whether you do or not, you might enjoy this alternative set of State mottos...

Alabama

Hell Yes, We Have Electricity.

Alaska

11,623 Eskimos Can't Be Wrong!

Arizona

But It's A Dry Heat.

Arkansas

Literacy Ain't Everything.

California

By 30, Our Women Have More Plastic Than Your Honda.

Colorado

If You Don't Ski, Don't Bother.

Connecticut

Like Massachusetts, Only The Kennedys Don't Own It Yet.

Delaware

We Really Do Like The Chemicals In Our Water.

Florida

Ask Us About Our Grandkids.

Georgia

We Put The Fun In Fundamentalist Extremism.

Hawaii

Haka Tiki Mou Sha'ami Leeki Toru

(Death To Mainland Scum, Leave Your Money)

Idaho

More Than Just Potatoes...

Well, Okay, We're Not, But The Potatoes Sure Are Real Good

Illinois

Please, Don't Pronounce the "S"

Indiana

2 Billion Years Tidal Wave Free

Iowa

We Do Amazing Things With Corn

Kansas

First Of The Rectangle States

Kentucky

Five Million People - Fifteen Last Names

Louisiana

We're Not ALL Drunk Cajun Wackos, But That's Our Tourism Campaign.

Maine

We're Really Cold, But We Have Cheap Lobster

Maryland

If You Can Dream It, We Can Tax It

Massachusetts

Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden's

Michigan

First Line Of Defense From The Canadians

Minnesota

10,000 Lakes...And 10,000,000,000,000 Mosquitoes

Mississippi

Come And Feel Better About Your Own State

Missouri

Your Federal Flood Relief Tax Dollars At Work

Nevada

Hookers and Poker!

New Hampshire

Go Away And Leave Us Alone

New Jersey

You Want A ##$%##! Motto? I Got Yer ##$%##! Motto Right here!

New Mexico

Lizards Make Excellent Pets

New York

You Have The Right To Remain Silent You Have The Right To An Attorney...

North Carolina

Tobacco Is A Vegetable

North Dakota

We Really Are One Of The 50 States!

Ohio

At Least We're Not Michigan

Oklahoma

Like The Play, But No Singing

Oregon

Spotted Owl...It's What's For Dinner

Pennsylvania

Cook With Coal

Rhode Island

We're Not REALLY An Island

South Carolina

Remember The Civil War? Well, We Didn't Actually Surrender Yet

South Dakota

Closer Than North Dakota

Tennessee

The Edyoocashun State

Texas

Se Hablo Ingles

Utah

Our Jesus Is Better Than Your Jesus

Vermont

Ay, Yep

Virginia

Who Says Government Stiffs And Slackjaw Yokels Don't Mix?

Washington

We have more rain than you do

West Virginia

One Big Happy Family...Really!

Wisconsin

Come Cut The Cheese!

Wyoming

Where Men Are Men... And The Sheep Are Scared!

America from West Side Story

America is one of the famous songs from the musical West Side Story. Set in New York in the mid-1950s, the musical is based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs with different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

America - Tin Man

The three members of America were barely past their teenage years when they became an overnight musical sensation in 1972. Some of their best known songs are "A Horse with No Name", "Sister Golden Hair", "Ventura Highway", and "Tin Man". They were all sons of American fathers and British mothers, their fathers being military personnel stationed at the United States Air Force installation at RAF West Ruislip, London


Breakfast In America by Supertramp

Breakfast in America is the sixth album by Supertramp and was released in 1979. The album's front cover is an overlook of New York City through an airplane window. It was designed by Mike Doud and depicted Kate Murtagh as a Statue of Liberty figure holding a glass of orange juice instead of a torch and the background featured a city made from cornflake box, ashtray, cutlery (for the wharfs), eggboxes, vinegar, ketchup and mustard bottles, all spraypainted white. The twin World Trade Center towers appear as two stacks of boxes and the plate of breakfast represents Battery Park, the departure point for the Staten Island Ferry. The back cover photo, depicting the band members having breakfast while reading their respective hometown newspapers, was taken at a diner called "Bert's Mad House."


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    • whiteskyline lm profile image

      whiteskyline lm 4 years ago

      Nice page Tony, lots of neat facts, and it looks really nice, I like the flag background with the state mottos.

      According to my state's motto (which I have never heard before), the taxes in Sweden must be through the roof ;)

      Ironically, we natives have a nickname for it that rhymes with our state's name and uses the word tax in there :)

      From what I gather, just about the entire nation knows our state by that nickname, or at least a decent percentage.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Three cheers for the USA!

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      Margaret Schaut 5 years ago from Detroit

      The Patriotic theme is attractive!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I like the makeover it looks really great and I enjoyed looking at all the maps too.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a wonderful compendium of Squidoo lenses, videos and useful information about the United States of America. Nice to learn more about my neighbouring (or should it be neighboring...LOL) country down south. Blessed! :)

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      writergrey 5 years ago

      I like the state mottos!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      The alternative state mottos are chucklers.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      You really took on quite the task when you did articles up on each of the United States states. I had not realized this when I visited your Nevada lens but now I do. Well done, and I can imagine it was quite the adventure doing the research for each state.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Great lens, our kids these days could not even name the 50 states, how sad is that!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      This lens about the United States of America is awesome. I added it to my "Patriotic Lenses" lens. :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks for visiting and "liking" my 10 Funniest Songs for Kids lens! :)

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for featuring my 9-11 sticker lens here. You really put a lot of work into this lens. Very nice.

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      Very interesting lens about the United States, thank you so much for letting me add a couple of mine to your list. Great lens Poddys!

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      glenbrook 6 years ago

      Excellent lens. I wish everyone living here realized how truly blessed we are to be Americans.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      This is quite remarkable of you Tony to do such a stellar page on the USA. Bless you!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      God Bless the USA. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Wonderful collection of facts and lenses! And I love that U.S. Peace Flag T shirt!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I stopped by here the other Tony, and picked up the lens for Minnesota. I got a start on it, but I'm thinking it will take awhile unless I can find several hours to work on it. This is a bug project that you under-taken, and I will do my best to help with it. Congratulations on this already, I'm believing this will be very good. ~ Susie

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Hi Poddy, what a great and well done lens...I tried adding my US Citizenship lens to your list but for some reason It won't allow me to...a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a nice compilation of United States history and even trivia. (Love the state slogans!) Great music choices, too. Well done!

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      My fav rendition of America the beautiful...I've always admired American's patriotism.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghz4_kikLkE

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      Thumbs up! Lensrolled to my President Obama [visits Canada] lens and my mother's Rving through to Florida lens! Nice!

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Service in the extreme! Blessed by a squidangel.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Wow...wonderful idea for a lens series. Way to go!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      What a super idea for a series!! Going to find SC and add my SC lenses to it! hooray! what a great source of information!

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      netventurer 8 years ago

      5 stars indeed. Great lens leading to very informative state lenses.

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      roysumit 8 years ago

      I really enjoyed your alternative set of State mottos, Tony. Thanks for presenting such a great page.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Looking forward to the lens on Washington State - one of the 10 things I want to do, is to take my family there, particularly to see Mt St Helens and Mt Ranier.

      Great idea Tony, but what a time-consuming project!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Lensrolling to Flag Day and Freedom Fest

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Let me know when the M's are done.

      Thanks

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Great lens! I'm adding a link to Visit the North Star State. I'll be heading to Minnesota in a couple of weeks. I can't wait!

      Lizzy

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I just lensrolled this to my US Travel Destinations lens. It's coming along nicely!

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      QueSea 8 years ago

      Great collection of information. I'm sure this will be a fine place to add links to your other lenses and those that others create related to the US. 5*s. Ever think about a group?

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Great idea on getting a series of lenses together. (love Supertramp too!)

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      Looks Great Tony,

      I have some lenses from Idaho and Oregon that I would love to share and link to. Let us know when they you get them all done. What a huge project this will be!

      Best of luck to you and Jim, it is a good idea!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nice work, this should attract some great Squidoo links!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Another great lens!

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Great idea for a lens series.

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      VBright 8 years ago

      Great idea! I'm afraid I''m going to have to wait a while as my lens is on South Dakota! :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am really looking forward to your getting to the South Carolina lens. This will be a great way to showcase your USA lenses as well as others. Great idea. You and Big Jim will make a super team.

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      bigjimj 8 years ago

      Looks great, Tony! Glad to see the master lens for this series. Looking forward to future lenses. Thanks for hooking up with the Squidoo City Guide.

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      awesome idea...but then again it did come from you!