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American Life

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Facts on American life, history, music, traditions...

Facts on American life, history, music, traditions...

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  • 1. THE UNITED STATES:ORIGINS. A COUNTRYS STORY.AMERICAN LIFE THE FACES OF AMERICA. MOVIES, MOVIES, MOVIES.. START MUSIC IN THE US.
  • 2. THE UNITED STATES: ORIGINS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGJJGkIWpH0 NEXT
  • 3. A COUNTRYS STORY.The First People came to America from Siberia. They moved south and east from Alaska into the new country. Now we call these people“Native Americans”.The New World. In 1942, Christopher Columbus came to America fromSpain. Most Europeans followed. Spain and France were most interestedIn the “New World”. Later, Britain was interested too. In 1587, the BritishBuilt a town. Jamestown, in Virginia.A Free Life. In 1620, 102 people came to America from England. In AmericaTheir church could be free. The first ship was the Mayflower. It arrived inPlymouth Rock in the northeast. Now people call six of the states in theNortheast “New England”.A Country is Born. Many people from Britain lived in the east of the country.These Americans paid money to Britain, but they wanted to be really free.They fought a war and the Americans won in 1776. In 1779, GeorgeWashington was the new countrys first president. There were thirteen statesIn the new country. NEXT
  • 4. A COUNTRYS STORY.Go West!. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson bought a lot of land fromFrance- west of the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. Then the USWas bigger. Many people wanted to go west to a new life, but it was hardThere. The new life in the West was also the end for the way of life of manyNative Americans. For years, the government moved them from place toPlace. Each time, their land was smaller and smaller. Sometimes the NativeAmericans fought, but the United States was stronger. In 1890, AmericansKilled more than 200 Sioux people at Wounded Knee in South Dakota.Black Elk, a young Sioux wrote, “A peoples dream died there. It was aBeautiful dream”.North and South. By the 1850s, the North and South of the country wereDifferent. The North had many cities and towns. It was richer. The SouthHad many farms. Slaves from Africa worked on those farms. But many peopleIn the North did not like this. In 1861, there was a war between the North andThe South. More than 600.000 Americans died before the war ended in 1865.The North won under President Abraham Lincoln. After the war there wereNo slaves in the US. NEXT
  • 5. A COUNTRYS STORY. The US Today. The US got stronger and stronger. After the Second World War, The United States fought a “Cold War” with the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union ended, many Americans thought about their countrys Future. Some of them think that the United States can be a “world Policeman”. Other people think that this idea is wrong. For further information, please, click below.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXO1defODyc&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEVPSfJIQ84 NEXT
  • 6. THE FACES OF AMERICA.From the early days many different kinds of peopleLived in the United States. In 1790, more than 60% cameFrom Britain. Many came from Ireland, Germany, HollandAnd France. About 20% came from Africa.Between 1880 and 1914 22.000.000 immigrants came toThe US. Most were from the south and west of Europe.Today, most immigrants are from Latin America and Asia.More than 750.000 immigrants come to the US every year. NEXT
  • 7. MOVIES, MOVIES, MOVIES.The cinema of the United States, also known as Hollywood, has had a profound effecton cinema across the world since the early 20th centur. Its history is sometimes separated intfour main periods: the silent film era, classical Hollywood cinema, New Hollywood, and thecontemporary period. Since the 1920s, the American film industry has grossed more moneyevery year than that of any other country.The United States was in the forefront of sound film development in the following decadesSince the early 20th century, the U.S. film industry has largely been based in and aroundHollywood, Los Angeles, California.American screen actors like John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe have become iconic figures,while producer/entrepreneur .Walt Disney was a leader in both animated film and moviemerchandising. The major film studios of Hollywood are the primary source of the mostcommercially successful movies in the world, such as Gone with the Wind (1939), Star Wars (1977), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009).Today, American film studios collectively generate several hundred movies every year, making the United States the third most prolific producer of films in the world — the firstbeing India and the second being Nigeria. NEXT
  • 8. MUSIC IN THE US.The music of the United States reflects the countrys multi-ethnic population through adiverse array of styles. Among the countrys most internationally-renowned genres arehip hop, blues, country, rhythm and blues, jazz, barbershop, pop, techno, and rock and roll.The United States has the worlds largest music industry and its music is heard around the world. Since the beginning of the 20th century, some forms of American popular musichave gained a near global audience.The United States is often said to be a cultural melting pot, taking in influences from across the world and creating distinctively new methods of cultural expression. Though aspects ofAmerican music can be traced back to specific origins, claiming any particular originalculture for a musical element is inherently problematic, due to the constant evolution ofAmerican music through transplanting and hybridizing techniques, instruments and genres. NEXT
  • 9. The end.

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