The United States of America
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However, in the context of these shared national ideals, enormous variation exists in the actual experiences and developmental trajectories of children in the United States. For the most part, this variation is rooted in economic and cultural diff erences among families. In terms of economic variation, geographic regions of the United States (e.g., rural versus urban) have historically experienced signifi cant resource disparities, as have children and families from certain ethnic and racial groups. In terms of cultural variation, the promise of upward mobility in the free market has attracted new immigrants to the United States throughout its history. e result has been a dynamic kaleidoscope of cultural traditions in dress, food, music, holidays, languages, and childrearing practices. Diversity is the fabric of U.S. society, and economic and cultural variations are powerful infl uences in the lives of children growing up in America.