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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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""A Medal of Honor from the late 19th century
The "Medal of Honor is the highest "military decoration awarded by the United States. It is awarded "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, in actual combat against an armed enemy force." Three different medals currently exist for each of the major branches of the U.S. armed forces: one each for the "Army, "Navy, and "Air Force. Since the beginning of World War II, only 851 have been awarded, 525 of them posthumously. The rare soldier who wears the Medal of Honor is accorded special privileges that include higher pay, preference for their children at the "U.S. military academies, and the respect and admiration of all other service-people. It is an informal rule that Medal of Honor recipients, regardless of "rank, are saluted by all other service members, including the "Commander-in-Chief. The Army Medal of Honor was first awarded during the "American Civil War and was last officially awarded for action that occurred during the "Battle of Mogadishu in 1993.

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""Dave Johnston with gas-detection instrument at Mount St. Helens, 4 April 1980
"David Alexander Johnston (1949–1980) was a "volcanologist with the "United States Geological Survey (USGS) who was killed by the "1980 eruption of "Mount St. Helens in Washington. One of the principal scientists on the monitoring team, Johnston died while manning an observation post on the morning of May 18, 1980. He was the first to report the eruption, transmitting the famous message "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!" before being swept away by the "lateral blast created by the collapse of the mountain's north flank. His work and that of his fellow USGS scientists had convinced the authorities to close Mount St. Helens to the general public and to maintain the closure in spite of heavy pressure to re-open the area; their work saved thousands of lives. His story has become part of the popular image of volcanic eruptions and their threat to society, and also part of the history of volcanology. Following his death, Johnston was commemorated in several ways, including a memorial fund set up in his name at the "University of Washington, and two volcano observatories that were named after him. Johnston's life and death have been featured in several documentaries, films, docudramas and books about the eruption. Along with other people killed by the volcano, Johnston's name is inscribed on memorials dedicated to their memory.

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Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

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""Hurricane Camille, the day before it hits Mississippi

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""A California surfer.
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A "surfer performing a gash, or very sharp turn, off the "Santa Cruz, "California coastline. "Northern California is a popular surfing destination; however, the year-round low temperature of the ocean in that region (averaging 57ºF/14ºC) necessitates the use of "wetsuits.

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""Gloss Mountains in Oklahoma
"Oklahoma is a "state located in the "South Central region of the "United States of America. With an estimated 3,579,212 "residents and a land area of 68,667 square miles (177,847 km²), Oklahoma is the 28th most populous and 20th-largest state. Its name is derived from the "Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people", and is known informally by its nickname, The Sooner State. Formed from "Indian Territory on November 16, 1907, Oklahoma was the 46th state to enter the union. Its citizens are known as Oklahomans, and the state's capital and largest city is "Oklahoma City.

A major producer of "natural gas, "oil and food, Oklahoma relies on an economic base of aviation, energy, telecommunications, and "biotechnology. Oklahoma City and "Tulsa serve as Oklahoma's primary economic anchors, with nearly 60 percent of Oklahomans living in their "metropolitan statistical areas.

With small mountain ranges, "prairie, and eastern forests, most of Oklahoma lies in the "Great Plains and the "U.S. Interior Highlands—a region especially prone to "severe weather. With a prevalence of residents with "Native American ancestry, more than 25 Native American languages are spoken in Oklahoma, the most of any state. It is located on a confluence of three major American "cultural regions and historically served as a route for "cattle drives, a destination for southern settlers, and a government-sanctioned "territory for Native Americans.

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""Edgar Allan Poe
"Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an "American "poet, "short-story "writer, "editor and "literary critic, and is considered part of the American "Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of "mystery and the "macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the "detective-fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of "science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as "cosmology and "cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today.

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As of 17 August 2017, there are 1,080 featured and 2,569 good articles within WikiProject United States scope. This makes up 5.25% of the articles on Wikipedia, 13.12% of all featured articles and lists, and 9.73% of all good articles. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, etcetera, there are 919,878 pages in the project.
"Featured culture biographies: "Actors and filmmakers – "James Thomas Aubrey, Jr. • "Kroger Babb • "Eric Bana • "Joseph Barbera • "Bette Davis • "Kirsten Dunst • "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; "Arts and entertainment – "James Robert Baker • "William D. Boyce • "Stephen Crane • "H.D. • "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 • "Master Juba • "I. M. Pei • "Edgar Allan Poe • "Roman Vishniac • "Nathaniel Parker Willis; "Musicians – "Aaliyah • "Alice in Chains • "Audioslave • "Bix Beiderbecke • "Big Star • "Mariah Carey • "Damageplan • "Bob Dylan • "Flea (musician) • "Black Francis • "John Frusciante • "Godsmack • "The Greencards • "Insane Clown Posse • "Janet Jackson • "Michael Jackson • "Bradley Joseph • "Maynard James Keenan • "Frank Klepacki • "David Lovering • "Madonna (entertainer) • "John Mayer • "Metallica • "Nine Inch Nails • "Nirvana (band) • "The Notorious B.I.G. • "Leo Ornstein • "Ellis Paul • "Pearl Jam • "Pixies • "Elvis Presley • "Selena • "Slayer • "The Smashing Pumpkins • "Elliott Smith • "Gwen Stefani • "The Supremes • "Tool (band) • "Uncle Tupelo • "Wilco • "Frank Zappa; "Sports and games – "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

"Featured society biographies: "Military – "Daniel Boone • "James Bowie • "Simon Bolivar Buckner • "Henry Cornelius Burnett • "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; "Politics and government – "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 H. 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; "Science and academia – "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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"Featured portals: • "California • "Portal:Connecticut • "Florida • "Illinois ("Chicago) • "Indiana ("Indianapolis) • "Kentucky ("Louisville) • "Minnesota • "Nevada • "New York • "Oklahoma • "Oregon • "Puerto Rico • "Rhode Island • "Texas ("Houston) • "Utah • "American Civil War • "Barack Obama • "Military of the United States ("United States Navy, "United States Air Force) • "U.S. Roads ("Maryland Roads, "Michigan Highways)

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"History ("book A, "B) "Timeline • "Pre-Columbian • "Colonial United States • "Thirteen Colonies • "Declaration of Independence • "American Revolution • "Westward Expansion • "Civil War • "Reconstruction Era • "World War I • "Great Depression • "World War II • "Korean War • "Cold War • "Vietnam War • "Civil Rights Movement • "War on Terrorism • "Foreign relations • "Military • "Demographic • "Industrial • "Inventions and Discoveries • "Postal

"Government ("book) "Law ("Constitution • "Bill of Rights • "Separation of powers) • "Legislative branch ("House • "Senate) • "Executive Branch ("Cabinet • "Federal agencies) • "Judicial Branch ("Supreme Court • "Appeals) • "Law enforcement ("DoJ • "FBI) • "Intelligence ("CIA • "DIA • "NSA) • "Military ("Army • "Navy • "Marines • "Air Force • "Coast Guard) • "Flag

"Politics "Political parties ("Democrats • "Republicans) • "Elections ("Electoral College) • "Political ideology • "Political scandals • "Red states and blue states • "Uncle Sam • "Puerto Rican independence movement

"Geography ("book) "Political divisions • "Territory • "States • "Cities • "Counties • "Regions ("New England • "Mid-Atlantic • "The South • "Midwest • "Great Plains • "Northwest • "Southwest) • "Mountains ("Appalachian • "Rocky) • "Rivers ("Mississippi • "Colorado) • "Islands • "Extreme points • "National Park System • "Water supply and sanitation

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"Economy ("book) "U.S. Dollar • "Companies • "Wall Street • "Federal Reserve • "Banking • "Standard of living ("Personal & "Household income • "Income inequality • "Homeownership) • "Communications • "Transportation ("Cars • "Trucks • "Highways • "Airports • "Railroads) • "Tourism

"Society "Demographics ("book A, "B) • "Languages ("American English • "Spanish) • "Religion • "Social class ("American Dream • "Affluence • "Middle class • "Poverty • "Educational attainment • "Professional and working class conflict) • "Media • "Education • "Holidays • "Crime • "Prisons • "Health care

"Culture ("book) "Music ("Classical • "Folk • "Popular • "Jazz) • "Film & "TV ("Hollywood) • "Literature ("American Folklore • "Poetry • "Transcendentalism • "Harlem Renaissance • "Beat generation) • "Philosophy • "Visual arts • ("Abstract expressionism) • "Cuisine • "Dance • "Architecture • "Fashion

"Issues "Affirmative action • "American exceptionalism • "Anti-Americanism • "Capital punishment • "Drug policy & "Prohibition • "Environmentalism • "Human rights • "Immigration • "Mexico–United States barrier • "Obesity • "Pornography • "Racial profiling • "Same-sex marriage • "Abortion • "Adolescent sexuality

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