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The Melting Pot
A metaphor for a heterogeneous society becoming more
homogeneous. People of all nationalities “melting together”
to create a harmonious common culture.
(as given by the 2010 Census)
African American 12.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander 0.2%
Multiracial (2 or more) 2.9%
Hispanic/Latino (of any race) 16.3%
Non-Hispanic/Latino (of any race) 83.7%
2000 US census
Americans of full or partial Basque descent.
Spanish Basque Country
French Basque Country.
States with the largest Basque-American populations
22nd Govenor of Nevada
Formor U.S Senator
"Sweet Promised Land" (1957)
What is the capital of New York?
New York is Ranked 3rd
most populated state!
What is the OFFICIAL language
of the Unite States?
Not declared at the FEDERAL level!
Depends on the state!
states have English declared as
the official language!
Languages spoken by more than 1,000,000 in the U.S. as of 2010
Language Percentage of population Number of speakers
English 80% 233,780,338
Combined total of all 20% 57,048,617
languages other than English
Spanish 12% 35,437,985
(excluding Puerto Rico
and Spanish Creole)
Chinese 0.9% 2,567,779
Tagalog 0.5% 1,542,118
Vietnamese 0.4% 1,292,448
French 0.4% 1,288,833
Korean 0.4% 1,108,408
German 0.4% 1,107,869
Where is the Grand Canyon located?
Nearly two billion years of Earth's geological history
There are 51 states in the US. Which
state is the best?
In a Nutshell...
Born and raised in Reno, NV
Mexico City, Mexico
Graduated from the
University of Nevada
Have lived abroad
a total of 4 years
In 1492 Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas
How did we get here?
Our HISTORY in 5 min.
colonize the east coast.
Successful in creating settlements
along the Mississippi River
English settlement began with the
Virginia colony Jamestown...
...and the Pilgrims departed Plymouth, England to current day Massachusetts
Captain John Smith surveyed the location and
gave it the name it holds today; Plymouth,
30 crew members
13 original colonies formed
Settlers made a prominent living
from farming with the help of the
were farmers, with several small cities that were also seaports linking the colonial economy to the larger British Empire
Voted their local and provincial government
Served on local juries
Battle until 1783
Declaration of Independence
Treaty of Paris
By 1776 about 85% of the white population was of English, Irish, Scottish or Welsh descent, with 9% of German origin and 4% Dutch
238 Years Later...
Benjamin Franklin was the oldest representative to sign. He was 81
was the youngest.
More Socially Liberal
More Fiscally Conservative
2012 Obama vs. Romney Election
2000 Bush vs. Kerry elections
Socially more liberal
Fiscally more conservative
GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
Unemployment Rate (2013)
The United States is the only advanced economy that does
its workers paid vacation
...and is one of just a few countries in the world
without paid family
as a legal right, with the others being Papua New Guinea, Suriname and Liberia
In 2009, the United States had the
highest labor productivity per person in the world, behind
. It was
in productivity per hour, behind those two countries and the
Top producer of corn and soy beans
Steel-motor vehicles, electronics, telecommunications, petroleum, etc.
Electrical and Nuclear energy
It is home to many of the world's largest technology corporations, as well as thousands of small startups.
Originally used to refer to the areas large number of
silicon chip innovators manufactures
Now used as a metonym for the American High
Civil Rights Movements
The aim of the movements for civil rights included ensuring that the rights of all people are equally protected by the law, including the rights of minorities, women's rights, and LGBT rights
Civil Rights Act 1964
Banned discrimination in employment practices and public accommodation
The March on Washington for Jobs
"I Have A Dream"
Chicano Movement 60s/70s
African-American Movement (1954-1968)
Sought political empowerment and social inclusion for Mexican-Americans; regarding unequal education, employment opportunities, political disfranchisement and police brutality
Gender equality issues
Advocate for the full acceptance in society
First president to openly support LGBT
Movements today are made up of a wide range of political activism , including lobbying, street marching, social groups, media, art and research
Founded in 1874
John W. Mackay
an Irish immigrant who helped direct the extraction of more than $100 million in ore from two Virginia City mines in the mid-1870s, played a key role in helping the campus grow.
Clubs and Organizations
4th of July
Cinco de Mayo
St. Patrick's Day
Veteran's Day/ Kim's Birthday
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
An annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities. The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health
Apple Pie a La Mode
Philly Cheese Steak
Your Restaurant Experience Might
Look Something Like This:
Sunday mixture of Breakfast and
Lunch with Champagne and Bloody Mary's
originated at the beginning of the 20th century within the African-American communities of the South
Style of soul music from the 1960s, use of tambourines, call and response.
Inspiration came from African Dance "Juba"
Money and time
Walmart(Bigger is Better/ Purchasing customs)
Drinking habits (no drinking before 5pm!)
Everyone is always introduced
American’s enjoy social events in homes (BBQs)
No children/animals in bars
No glass outside bars (drinking in streets varies by state)
Staring is rude
Smile a lot (even to strangers)
It is rude to interrupt someone who is talking
PDA (Public Display of Affection)
Being on time means getting there 5 min early
Weddings (guests don't have to pay)
Birthdays (you don’t need to pay for things)
We hug! Not Kiss! Especially 2 kisses
The Valley Girl
About 500,000 detectable seismic tremors occur in California each year.
New Jersey is home to the world’s highest roller coaster.
The British deployed the first rockets in America during their attack against Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key witnessed the attack and immortalized it in a song he titled “The Star-Spangled Banner.” That song is now the national anthem of the United States.
Death Valley is the hottest (56C in 1913) and lowest point (-86m) in the US
Native Americans do not have to pay tax on their land
There are 365 steps on the front of the U.S. Capitol Building - one for every day of the year.