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The United States of America
E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One!
The United States of America is also called the United States, the U.S., the USA, America, and the States. It is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district. The country lies mostly between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent and shares a border with Canada to the east To the west, across the Bering Strait is Russia. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also possesses several territories in the Pacific and Caribbean.
The United States was founded by thirteen British colonies located along the Atlantic seaboard. On July 4, 1776, they issued the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed their right to self-determination and their establishment of a cooperative union. The rebellious states defeated the British Empire in the American Revolution, the first successful colonial war of independence. The current United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787; its ratification the following year made the states part of a single republic with a strong central government. The Bill of Rights, comprising ten constitutional amendments guaranteeing many fundamental civil rights and freedoms, was ratified in 1791.
Disputes between the agrarian South and industrial North over the expansion of the institution of slavery and states’ rights provoked the Civil War of the 1860s. The North’s victory prevented a permanent split of the country and led to the end of legal slavery in the United States.
In addition to its 100 senators, the Senate community is comprised of officers and staff who work behind the scenes to help the Senate conduct its business and fulfill its legislative responsibilities.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is an independent agency created by the U.S. Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system by insuring deposits, examining and supervising financial institutions for safety and soundness and consumer protection, and managing receivership.
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U. S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same
Indigenous people descended from forebears who migrated from Asia have inhabited what is now the mainland United States for many thousands of years. This Native American population was greatly reduced by disease and warfare after European contact.
The twelve regional offices are located in the heart of Indian Country with the agencies located at the reservation level.
The Five Civilized Tribes were the five Native American nations which were considered civilized by Anglo-European settlers during the colonial and early federal period because they adopted many of the colonists’ customs and had generally good relations with their neighbors.
The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Okla., the capital of the Cherokee Nation.
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Busting a myth:
It is a common urban legend that the Texas flag is the only state flag that is allowed to fly at the same height as the U.S. flag. This claim is made on the basis that Texas was once an independent nation and therefore has this right inherently. Some claim that this right was negotiated when joining the United States.
The truth is that any state has the right to fly its state flag at the same height as the U.S. flag providing the flags are on separate poles (the U.S. flag should be on its right (the viewer’s left), however). If on the same pole, the U.S. flag is always above the state flag.
The nation’s leading safety advocate for more than 100 years, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization with the mission to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.
Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.
Nationwide and state by state directories for USA Web Sites. United States websites. Online information home page and state guides
Personal travel in the U.S.A. is dominated by automobiles, which operate on a network of roads. The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (commonly known as the Interstate Highway System, Interstate Freeway System, Interstate System, or simply ‘the Interstate’) is a network of freeways that forms a part of the National Highway System of the United States.
While ridership on Amtrak has increased, mass transit accounts for a small percent of travel.
The civil airline industry is entirely privately owned and has been largely deregulated since 1978. Most major airports are publicly owned.
Here are some other resources that might be helpful in your travels around the United States.
UNESCO first declared 8 September as International Literacy Day in 1966, following a recommendation made by the World Congress of Ministers of Education on “the Eradication of Illiteracy”, held in Teheran in September 1965.
Each year INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY is celebrated with the aim to sensitize and mobilize international public opinion and to elicit their interest and active support for literacy activities. On this day, the Director-General of UNESCO addresses a message to the world, appealing to individuals, organizations and states to demonstrate their support and solidarity for literacy and to promote non-formal education for all, particularly for those who have been excluded from the school system.
The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably.
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