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[[folder: Creator/Stan Freberg [[Self Deprecation modestly presents ]]
''The United States of America!'']]

''Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America'' is ([[WordOfGod currently]]) a two volume themed comedy album which presents the history of [[{{Eagleland}} the United States of America]] as a series of comedy sketches, from the first voyage of Christopher Columbus up through UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.

The first volume (entitled ''Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America'': [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Volume One - The Early Years]]) was released in 1961, with a second volume planned for the country's bicentennial in 1976, but [[DevelopmentHell did not come out until 1996]], twenty years after the planned release.

While Freberg promised in the liner notes of Volume Two that the third volume wouldn't take another thirty-five years to release (for one thing, he [[AuthorExistenceFailure didn't think he'd be around that long]]), due to the death of his wife and his own health issues, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the project has been shelved]], possibly permanently.


* AnachronismStew: ''Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America'' doesn't so much run on this as it is ''made'' of it.
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins: Freberg delights in mocking the perception of Native Americans throughout volume one. (The reprise of "Round, Round World" includes the Indians singing the line "Yo ho ho [[LampshadeHanging and a buckskin sleeve]]," as one of ''many'' examples.)
* BrickJoke: The lines "Rumble, rumble, rumble. [[TheMutiny Mutiny, mutiny, mutiny]]." don't occur quite often enough to be a RunningGag, but they try.
** Tyne Daly actually got cast for Volume Two by leaning over to StanFreberg during the Grammy awards the preceding year and muttering "Rumble, rumble, rumble."
* ColonCancer: The original album was entitled ''Stan Freberg Presents: The United States of America: Volume One: The Early Years''
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The song "Planned Obsolescence" features a general with a PunnyName [[spoiler: "General...''Electric!'']] convincing Thomas Edison to change the design of his light bulb when he finds out it's designed to last forever.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Charlie' [[NoNameGiven companion]]'s CatchPhrase: "It's just ''wild'' enough, Charlie, it's just ''wild'' enough."
* {{Eagleland}}: '''Mixed Flavor'''
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Naturally.
* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: While the main characters all being historical figures should make this trope not applicable, Queen Isabella refers to Christopher Columbus' "friend, Da Vinci," bringing this work right back in line with this trope.
* MediumAwareness: All of the characters are aware that they're characters in a musical, though only occasionally do they comment on it. Also, see RunningGag.
* MightyWhitey: Parodied throughout the first half of ''Volume One''. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with the reprise of "Round, Round World:" "Step aside, pal/Meet the new/Big cheeses of this/Round, Round World!"
* TheMusical: The history of the United States of America as a Broadway musical comedy. (Freberg had tried to pitch the project as a Broadway musical before making the album itself. Fans of the album have also tried to make off-broadway versions.)
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Abraham Lincoln convinces Harriet Beecher Stowe to rewrite ''UncleTomsCabin'' in a much darker tone than she'd originally intended. The new version is blamed for the American Civil War.
-->'''Lincoln:''' Yes, terrible book. Awful.
* TheOtherDarrin: Corey Burton took over for the deceased Creator/PaulFrees as the narrator for Volume 2.
* PunnyName: General Electric. Running Water.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Barbara Fritchie thinks "Stonewall" Jackson can find something to shoot other than her old, grey head.
* RuleOfFunny: Everything. To wit: Why is Norman Rockwell in the American Revolution? Why are the same two guys responsible for multiple events in world history? Why would there be a General named [[PunnyName Electric]] interested in the first light bulb? RuleOfFunny.
* RunningGag:
-->"What was that?"
-->"French horns."
* SelfDeprecation: From the ''Volume One'' liner notes:
-->As you listen to this album you'll soon begin to understand why StanFreberg flunked American history in high school.
* SingleStanzaSong: In two places.
** The Tin Pan Alley sketch in ''Volume Two'' consists of two failed Tin Pan Alley songwriters doing a medley of their greatest hits.
** The song "[[TemptingFate There'll Never Be Another War]]" consists of two different versions of the chorus, depending on which sketch it follows.
* TemptingFate: Both the American Civil War and World War I end with the song "There'll Never Be Another War."
* TheThemeParkVersion: The events in the album are ostensibly based on American history.
* TitleDrop: An entire sketch about Stephen Foster having writer's block consists almost entirely of nothing but titles of his songs.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Charlie and his companion are the cause of numerous catastrophes from the minor (making the wrong bird at the first Thanksgiving) to the major (sinking the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Lusitania]]).
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: '''''Very''''' loosely. Norman Rockwell wasn't alive during the American Revolution.
* WhoWritesThisCrap:
--> '''Columbus:''' We going out on that joke?
--> '''Indian:''' No, we do reprise of song, that help.
--> '''Together, sadly:''' But not much, no.
* YouHaveToHaveJews: When [[BigApplesauce Manhattan Island]] was as-yet undeveloped, populated by nothing but natives, Chief White Cloud's wife is ''very'' stereotypically Jewish.
* YouMakeMeSic: From the sale of Manhattan: "Gorgeous view, spelled V-U..."
[[labelnote:Rumble, rumble, rumble.]]Mutiny, mutiny, mutiny.[[/labelnote]]