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International Coffeehouses: USA

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New York City Skyline Panoramic photo

John Cunniff.  (July 11, 2015).  NYC Downtown and Brooklyn Bridge Panorama.  Flickr.  Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/johncunniff/19610363205/sizes/l/

Facts in Brief

USA Flag

 

The United States of America comprises mainly the North American continent between Canada and Mexico. Alaska, to the north-west of Canada, and Hawaii, in the central Pacific Ocean, are two of the 50 states of the USA. There is considerable climatic variation, with mean annual average temperatures ranging from 29°C (84°F) in Florida to −13.3°C (10°F) in Alaska. Average annual rainfall ranges from 1,831 mm (72.1 ins) in Arkansas to 191 mm (7.5 ins) in Nevada. Much of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Utah is desert. The most widely spoken language and unofficial national language is English, and there are significant and growing Spanish-speaking minorities. Christianity is the predominant religion. The national flag (proportions 10 by 19) has 13 alternating stripes (seven red and six white) with a dark blue rectangular canton, containing 50 white, five-pointed stars, in the upper hoist. The capital is Washington, DC.


Citations:

Country Flag (The United States of America), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 20 April 2018 from http://www.europaworld.com/entry/us.FLAG

Location, Climate, Language, Religion, Flag, Capital (The United States of America), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 20 April 2018 from http://www.europaworld.com/entry/us.is.2

Map of the United States

USA map

Country Map (The United States of America), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 20 April 2018 from http://www.europaworld.com/entry/us.MAP

Snapshots of the US from Worldbook Online

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

Grand canyon [Online image]. (2018). In World Book Advanced. Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar503245#tab=homepage

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls [Online image]. (2019). In World Book Advanced. Retrieved from
https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/media?id=pc011229

Cherokee Dancers

Cherokee Dancers

Cherokee dancers [Online image]. (2018). In World Book Advanced. Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/media?id=pc334078

Badlands in South Dakota

Badlands in South Dakota

Badlands [Online image]. (2018). In World Book Advanced. Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar041660

Jazz Musicians in New Orleans, Louisiana

Jazz Musicians in New Orleans, Louisiana

Jazz band in Preservation Hall in New Orleans [Online image]. (2018). In World Book Advanced. Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar388920

Amish Carriage

Amish Carriage

Amish carriage [Online image]. (2018). In World Book Advanced. Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar018740.

U. S. Capitol Building

U. S. Capitol Building

United States Capitol [Online image]. (2018). In World Book Advanced. Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar093610.

 

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge [Online images]. (2018). In World Book Advanced. Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar228320

Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast

United States' pacific coast [Online image]. (2018). In World Book Advanced. Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar409860

Hollywood, California

Hollywood, California

Hollywood sign in the hills above Los Angeles [Online image]. (2018). In World Book Advanced. Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar259500

American Art

Thomas Cole New England Scenery

Thomas Cole, American; 1801-1848 North and Central America, North America, United Sta. New England Scenery. 1839. The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Nickerson Collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1900.558, http://www.artic.edu/aic/. http://library.artstor.org/asset/AMICO_CHICAGO_1031149702. Web. 20 Apr 2018.

poppy and rose

Anonymous, American, Artist. Aster, Poppy and Rose. 1840. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, M. and M. Karolik Collection, 1976.703, http://www.mfa.org/. http://library.artstor.org/asset/AMICO_BOSTON_103831504. Web. 20 Apr 2018.

Crate Label for Frisco Brand California Vegetable

Anonymous, American Stecher-Traung Litho Co. (printer), American, active 1934--1955. Crate Label for Frisco Brand California Vegetables, Merril Packing Company, Salinas, California. ca. 1934–1955. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund, 1994.103.45. http://library.artstor.org/asset/AWSS35953_35953_27891564. Web. 20 Apr 2018.

Painting Sir Charles, Alias Willie Harris

Barkley Leonnard Hendricks, American. (1972). Sir Charles, Alias Willie Harris. [Painting]. Retrieved from https://library.artstor.org/asset/ANGAIG_10314018546

Times Square by Susan Meisel

Meisel, Susan. Times Square. 1977. The Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Alex and Carole Rosenberg Collection, http://www.albright.edu/freedman/. http://library.artstor.org/asset/AFREEDMANIG_10313255129. Web. 20 Apr 2018.

Americana by Lady Pink and Smith

Lady Pink and Smith. (1997). Americana; detail, detail. Retrieved from https://library.artstor.org/asset/DRESCHER_10313356696

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American Film & Music (Audio/Video Streaming)

Recipe for Apple Pie

apple pie

Ingredients

Serves 8

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 23cm pie
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g dark brown soft sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas mark 7. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, caster sugar and brown sugar, and bring to the boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
  2. Roll out the pastry to line the bottom of a 23cm (9 in) pie dish. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with strips of pastry to form a lattice design. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the pastry. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
  3. Bake the apple pie 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Continue baking the pie for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft. Serve apple pie with ice cream or custard.

Apple Pie Tips

To check the doneness of the pie filling, insert a knife into the centre of the pie. If it meets with little or no resistance, the pie is done.
If the pie is not quite done but the top or edges are becoming too dark, loosely cover the top of the pie with aluminium foil to shield it from the heat.
If you want to add shine and sparkle to your apple pie, thin 4 tablespoons of golden syrup with very hot water. When the pie is done, brush the thinned syrup over the top of the pastry. You can add granulated sugar or demerara sugar at this time. Return the pie to the oven for 2 to 3 minutes to let the glaze dry and set.
Once the pie is done baking, let the pie cool to room temperature before slicing to allow the pie filling to set.


Recipe retrieved from allrecipes.com

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American Music

Amy Beach

Amy Beach: Violin Sonata and other works Album Art

John Phillip Sousa

Sousa for Orchestra  Album Art

Aaron Copland

Copland Greatest Hits Album art

David Van Vactor

David Van Vactor at the piano composing

Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber - Adagio (100th anniversary)  Album Art

American Street Dance from UTK International Dance Competition 2018

Writer: Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1928. Because her brother Bailey could not say her whole name as a child, Marguerite became Maya. Angelou's life is synonymous with her work; she has published a series of five autobiographies, her most famous being I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970). In each of these five works, Angelou writes about particular and important parts of her life. Yet not only does each book elucidate periods in Angelou's own life, but these books also paint a picture of the time she is writing about within the black community. Angelou's work demonstrates that the personal is political and that the events that shape and inform an individual life are often related to large political movements and events that affect an entire community.


Citation: Dunning, S. (2004). Angelou, Maya. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 8 Nov. 2019, from https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195156539.001.0001/acref-9780195156539-e-0014.


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Writer: Anne Bradstreet

The daughter of Dorothy Yorke and Thomas Dudley (a relative of Sir Philip Sidney), Anne was born in Northampton, England. At the age of sixteen, she married Simon Bradstreet, with whom she migrated to Massachusetts Bay in 1630. She bore eight children from 1633 to 1652 in the course of various resettlements, which ended in Andover, Massachusetts, where she lived for the last twenty-seven years of her life. Without her knowledge, her brother-in-law Reverend John Woodbridge published the first edition of her verse in London as The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung up in America (1650). Although this book was well received, Bradstreet felt ambivalent about it. Referring to it as an “ill-formed offspring” taken “by friends less wise than true,” she deplored its imperfections. The publication of this book also appears to have occasioned a shift of artistic perception, for her subsequent poetry was more personal, original, experimental, and aesthetic than the exercises in the first edition. These later manuscript poems, with authorial revisions of the earlier printed verse, first appeared in the posthumous American edition Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning (1678), which circulated widely in New England. Bradstreet's writings are sometimes informed by anxieties and discontents reflecting the restricted experience of colonial women. Contemplations, a sequence of thirty-three stanzas emblematically configuring in its imagery and structure the cross-like intersection of the temporal and the eternal, is arguably her best work.


Citation: Scheick, W. (2001). Bradstreet, Anne. In The Oxford Companion to United States History. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 8 Nov. 2019, from https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195082098.001.0001/acref-9780195082098-e-0204.


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