[[caption-width-right:313:If I had a briefcase that awesome, I'd hang onto it [[DevelopmentHell for 35 years]], too.]]

->'''Announcer:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[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 by comedian Creator/StanFreberg 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; the second volume [[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 was shelved]]. Freberg's death in 2015 seems to have brought any hope of Volume Three to an end.

!! Track list


[[folder: Side One ]]

# "Overture" (2:18)
# "Columbus Discovers America: It's a Round, Round World" (9:55)
# "Pilgrim's Progress: Take an Indian to Lunch" (3:24)
# "Thanksgiving Story (Under the Double Turkey)" (1:12)
# "Sale of Manhattan: Top Hat, White Feather, and Tails" (5:55)
# "Boston Tea Party" (1:44)


[[folder: Side Two ]]

# "Declaration of Independence: A Man Can't Be Too Careful What He Signs These Days" (6:27)
# "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" [[note]] Bonus track, not on the original LP [[/note]]
# "Betsy Ross and the Flag: Everybody Wants to Be an Art Director" (2:58) [[note]] slightly longer version than original LP [[/note]]
# "Discovery of Electricity" [[note]] Bonus track, not on the original LP [[/note]]
# "Washington Crosses the Delaware (Command Decision)" (4:43)
# "Yankee Doodle Go Home (Spirit of '76)" (4:04)
# "The Battle of Yorktown" (4:04)
# Finale: "So Long, Friend" (6:43)
!! ''Tropes, tropes, tropes (Mutiny, mutiny, mutiny)''

* AnachronismStew: ''Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America'' doesn't so much run on this as it is ''made'' of it.
* AndStarring: Freberg performs along with other actors, most famously Creator/JuneForay.
* 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 Creator/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.
** Incidentally, that's TruthInTelevision: incandescent light bulbs really ''were'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoebus_cartel redesigned to burn out faster.]]
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Charlie's [[NoNameGiven companion]]'s CatchPhrase: "It's just ''wild'' enough, Charlie, it's just ''wild'' enough."
* {{Eagleland}}: Mixed flavor.
* FaceOnTheCover: Freberg, posing with a suitcase.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Naturally.
* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: While the main characters all being historical figures should make this trope not applicable, Queen Isabella refers to UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus' "friend, [[Creator/LeonardoDaVinci 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: UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln convinces Harriet Beecher Stowe to rewrite ''Literature/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.
* 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 Creator/NormanRockwell 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 Creator/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. Creator/NormanRockwell 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..."
-> '':Rumble, rumble, rumble. Mutiny, mutiny, mutiny.''