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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
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.
The Panic of 1907
was a financial crisis
that occurred in the United States when its stock market
fell close to 50 percent from its peak the previous year. Primary causes of the run included a retraction of market liquidity
by a number of New York City
banks, a loss of confidence among depositors
, and the absence of a statutory lender of last resort
. The crisis occurred after the failure of an attempt in October 1907 to corner the market
of the United Copper Company
. When this bid failed, banks that had lent money to the cornering scheme suffered runs which later spread to affiliated banks and trusts, leading a week later to the downfall of the Knickerbocker Trust Company
—New York City's third-largest trust. The collapse of the Knickerbocker spread fear throughout the city's trusts as regional banks withdrew reserves
from New York City banks. The panic would have deepened if not for the intervention of financier J.P. Morgan
, who pledged large sums of his own money, and convinced other New York bankers to do the same, to shore up the banking system
. By November the contagion had largely ended. The following year, Senator Nelson W. Aldrich
established and chaired a commission to investigate the crisis and propose future solutions, leading to the creation of the Federal Reserve System
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Selected society biography
(February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African American civil rights activist
whom the U.S. Congress
later called "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement
On December 1, 1955, Parks became famous for refusing to obey bus driver James Blake's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. This action of civil disobedience started the Montgomery bus boycott, which is one of the largest movements against racial segregation. In addition, this launched Martin Luther King Jr., who was involved with the boycott, to prominence in the civil rights movement. She has had a lasting legacy worldwide.
Although Parks' autobiography recounts that some of her earliest memories are of the kindness of white strangers, her situation made it impossible to ignore racism. When the Ku Klux Klan marched down the street in front of her house, Parks recalls her grandfather guarding the front door with a shotgun. The Montgomery Industrial School, founded and staffed by white northerners for black children, was burned twice by arsonists, and its faculty was ostracized by the white community.
Parks received most of her national accolades very late in life, with relatively few awards and honors being given to her until many decades after the Montgomery bus boycott. For example, the Rosa Parks Congressional Gold Medal bears the legend "Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement".
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is an industrial city on the shore of Lake Erie
in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
. Named for the lake and the Native American tribe
that resided along its southern shore, Erie is the state's fourth-largest city with a population of 104,000. Erie's Metropolitan Area consists of 281,000 residents. The city is the seat of government for Erie County
Erie is in proximity to Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Once teeming with heavy industry, Erie's heavy manufacturing sector now consists mainly of plastics and locomotive building. Known for its lake-effect snow, Erie is in the heart of the Rust Belt and has begun to focus on tourism as a driving force in its economy. More than four million people each year visit Presque Isle State Park, for water recreation, and a new casino named for the state park is growing in popularity.
Erie is known as the Flagship City because of the presence of Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship USS Niagara.
Selected culture biography
(born Robert Allen Zimmerman
, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter
who has been a major figure in music for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s
when he was an informal chronicler, and an apparently reluctant figurehead, of social unrest. A number of his songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind
" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'
" became anthems for the US civil rights
movements. His early lyrics incorporated a variety of political, social and philosophical, as well as literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed hugely to the then burgeoning counterculture
. Initially inspired by the songs of Woody Guthrie
, Robert Johnson
, Hank Williams
, and the performance styles of Buddy Holly
and Little Richard
. Dylan has both amplified and personalized musical genres
, exploring numerous distinct traditions in American song—from folk
, rock and roll
, and rockabilly
, to English
, and Irish folk music
, embracing even jazz
Since 1994, Dylan has published three books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a songwriter and musician, Dylan has received numerous awards over the years including Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2008, a Bob Dylan Pathway was opened in the singer's honor in his birthplace of Duluth, Minnesota. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
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