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Culture of the United States


The culture of the United States of America is primarily of Western culture (European) origin and form, but is influenced by a multicultural ethos that includes African, Native American, Asian, Polynesian, and Latin American people and their cultures. It also has its own social and cultural characteristics, such as dialect, music, arts, social habits, cuisine, and folklore. The United States of America is an ethnically and racially diverse country as a result of large-scale migration from many countries throughout its history. Many American cultural elements, especially from popular culture, have spread across the globe through modern mass media.


  • Origins, development, and spread 

  • Regional variations 

  • Language 

  • Literature 

  • Fine arts 

  • Science and technology 

  • Education 

  • Religion 

  • National holidays 

  • Names 

  • Fashion and dress 

  • Sports 

  • Cuisine 

  • Family structure 

  • Housing 

  • Social class and work 

  • Race and ancestry 

  • Death and funerals 

  • Sociological issues 

  • Volunteerism 

  • Military culture 

  • Gun culture 

  • Governmental role 

  • Influence