An Eye-Opening View Of US State Stereotypes Courtesy Of Auto Complete

State AutoComplete Map

With the exception of the “good” state of Oregon and the perennially “important” state of Ohio, it doesn’t appear that many Google users have too high of an opinion on the 50 states of the union.

There is some truth to the stereotypes, though. The most recent Census Bureau report features some harrowing statistics on poverty rates in the American South. 10 of the 12 poorest states are southern. And while approximately 15% of Americans live in poverty (when a family’s income is less than its threshold), in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas, the figure ranges from 18 to 23%.

The USS Arizona’s 1916 Commissioning

USS Arizona 1916

The Pennsylvania-class battleship has been the object of national attention–both politically and culturally–since its inception. The vessel starred in a 1934 Jimmy Cagney film, “Here Comes the Navy”, only to assume a more macabre role seven years later. On December 7, 1941, the USS Arizona was bombed in Pearl Harbor, taking with it the lives of 1,177 soldiers and crewmen. The ship still remains in the ocean floor today, serving yet another role as a memorial.

Lee Harvey Oswald In A Soviet Union Factory, 1960

Lee harvey Oswald Soviet Union Factory

While much reviled in the United States, those who knew JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald when he lived in the former USSR had little other than positive things to say about him. While Oswald considered himself a Marxist revolutionary, many saw him as a lonely, isolated young man just looking to belong somewhere.

So desirous of remaining in the USSR was Oswald that when his travel visa expired and his application to be a KGB officer was denied, he slashed his wrists. Not wanting to cause an international incident, the KGB allowed Oswald to stay, and assigned him a less-than glamorous position at a radio factory in Minsk. Oswald was so revered that many in Minsk have requested that reporters covering Oswald’s time there leave flowers at Oswald’s grave in their name.

Mapping The Forced Removal Of Native Americans

Native American Forceful Removal

The question of how Native American tribes might “fit in” to the newly-formed United States had been on the minds of US political leaders since its infancy. Up until Andrew Jackson’s presidency, it was Thomas Jefferson’s view–that, as long as these tribes assimilated or became “civilized”, they would be permitted to remain east of the Mississippi River–reigned supreme.

In 1830, however, Jackson adopted a much harsher stance and primarily forced the big five “civilized” tribes that had all resided east of the Mississippi for thousands of years–the Chocktaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek and Seminole–west of the Mississippi River in his genocidal and jingoistic Indian Removal Act. Over 25,000 Native Americans died as a result.

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