The United States Of America Human Geography
ESPN: A Framework For Studying Countries • Economic • Social • Political • ENvironmental
U.S. Social Systems – Characteristics • Population Composition • High per capita GDP • High life expectancy • Low growth rate • Low infant mortality rate • “Melting Pot” • High immigration rate • Multi-ethnic and religiously diverseimmigration • Top ten from 2000 Census: Canada, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam • Economic and political opportunities and freedoms are main pull factors
Globalization of U.S. Culture • Cultural Diffusion • Appearance of U.S. companies overseassuch as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Nike, Ford • What is the impact of native cultures when everyone starts becoming like the U.S.? What will the future hold? • Foreign Policy and Economics • U.S. has vested interest in countries that align with our political and economic goals • U.S. aids countries that are more “like us” than “unlike us.” • U.S. cooperates with other countries through organizations like the United Nations.
Interstate Cultural Diffusion • Four areas of the U.S. also have unique cultural identities • Northeast – The Bostonian, New Yorker, Philadelphian • Midwest – Farmers and Ranchers • South – “Genteel” Southerner, Southern Belles • West – Hippy, Surfer, Dotcommer • Diffusion • Henry Ford • Interstate Highway System • Airports and cheap flights
Political Systems • Democratic Republic • We elect representatives to enact legislation on our behalf • Governmental systems are based on our Constitutions • Federal, State, and Local governments
Foldable Activity • Under Social • Answer these questions: • What are the characteristics of the U.S.’s population? • What are the three top places that people immigrate to the U.S. from? • Why do people come here? • Why does the U.S. support countries that are most like us? • What factors have enabled U.S. citizens to branch out among the states? • Under Political • Answer these questions: • What type of political system does the U.S. have? • What are the three levels of government that we usually see in the U.S.?