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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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""Casablanca title card
"Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by "Michael Curtiz, starring "Humphrey Bogart, "Ingrid Bergman and "Paul Henreid, and featuring "Claude Rains, "Conrad Veidt, "Sydney Greenstreet, "Peter Lorre and "Dooley Wilson. Set during "World War II, it focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, love and virtue. He must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her "Czech "Resistance leader husband escape from the "Vichy-controlled "Moroccan city of "Casablanca to continue his fight against the "Nazis.

Although it was an A-list film, with established stars and first-rate writers—"Julius J. Epstein, "Philip G. Epstein and "Howard Koch received credit for the screenplay—no one involved with its production expected Casablanca to be anything out of the ordinary; it was just one of dozens of pictures produced by "Hollywood every year. The film was a solid, if unspectacular, success in its initial run, rushed into release to take advantage of the publicity from the "Allied invasion of North Africa a few weeks earlier. Despite a changing assortment of screenwriters frantically adapting an unstaged play and barely keeping ahead of production, and Bogart attempting his first romantic lead role, Casablanca won three "Academy Awards, including "Best Picture. Its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic, and Casablanca has grown in popularity to the point that it now consistently ranks near the top of "lists of the greatest films of all time.

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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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O say, does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

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""Steam locomotives of the Chicago & North Western Railway in the roundhouse at the Chicago, Illinois rail yards.
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Steam locomotives of the "Chicago & North Western Railway in the "roundhouse at the "Chicago, Illinois rail yards, 1942.

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""Skyline of Ann Arbor, Michigan
"Ann Arbor is the seventh largest city in the "U.S. state of "Michigan, with a population of 114,024 as of the "2000 census, of which 36,892 (32%) are college or graduate students.

The city's economy is currently dominated by "education, "high tech, and "biotechnology. Average home prices and property taxes are well above the state and national medians. The city is also known for its political liberalism and its large number of restaurants and performance venues.

Ann Arbor was founded in January 1824 by John Allen and Elisha Rumsey, both of whom were land speculators. There are various accounts concerning the origin of the settlement's name; one states that Allen and Rumsey decided to name it "Annarbour" for their spouses, both named Ann, and for the stands of "burr oak in the 640 acres (260 ha) of land they had purchased for "$800 from the federal government. The regional "Native Americans named the settlement Kaw-goosh-kaw-nick, after the sound of Allen's saw mill.

The Ann Arbor Land Company, a group of speculators, set aside 40 acres (16 ha) of undeveloped land and offered it to the State of Michigan as the site of the state capital, but lost the bid to "Lansing. In 1837, the property was accepted instead as the site of the "University of Michigan, forever linking Ann Arbor and its history with the university.

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""Hemingway in 1939
"Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American "author and "journalist. His distinctive writing style, characterized by economy and "understatement, influenced 20th-century fiction, as did his life of adventure and public image. He produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s. He won the "Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Hemingway's fiction was successful because the characters he presented exhibited authenticity that resonated with his audience. Many of his works are classics of "American literature. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works during his lifetime; a further three novels, four collections of short stories, and three non-fiction works were published posthumously.

Shortly after the publication of "The Old Man and the Sea in 1952 Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in a plane crash that left him in pain or ill-health for much of the rest of his life. Hemingway had permanent residences in "Key West, Florida, and "Cuba during the 1930s and '40s, but in 1959 he moved from Cuba to "Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of 1961.

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As of 12 December 2017, there are 1,111 featured and 2,651 good articles within WikiProject United States scope. This makes up 5.26% of the articles on Wikipedia, 13.26% of all featured articles and lists, and 9.88% of all good articles. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, etcetera, there are 931,168 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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