Modern display of the Confederate flag and removal of Confederate monuments and memorials remain controversial cultural and political issues, though many elements of proud Southern identity and culture such as hospitality, drawl, and comfort food have nothing to do with racial division.Some differences in modern cultural tendencies fall along liberal-conservative political lines, with people on both sides of that increasingly self-segregating.
American culture includes both conservative and liberal elements, scientific and religious competitiveness, political structures, risk taking and free expression, materialist and moral elements. culture and its highly symbolic nature lead some researchers to categorize American culture as a mythic identity; The United States has traditionally been thought of as a melting pot, with immigrants contributing to but eventually assimiliating with mainstream American culture.
Military history has influenced American culture and its worldwide reach in several ways.
German cuisine became stigmatized by World War I; but in contrast the end of World War II resulted in cross-fertilization of American and Japanese business techniques during reconstruction and occupation, and brought home troops with an increased taste for Italian dishes.
Though eventually overtaken by British or American territorial expansion, the longer they lasted the more these earlier colonial societies contributed to modern-day culture, including place names, architecture, religion, language, and food.
Jeffersonian democracy was a foundational American cultural innovation, which is still a core part of the country's identity.