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Land, History and Language Of America

A true understanding of the United States begins with a study of the land.

Stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes, the United States occupies the central latitudes of the North American continent. The American land itself provides several lasting sources of industrial and economic strength.

  • The land is rich in raw materials, from oil to timber to iron ore.
  • From the vast prairies of the American heartland to the fertile valleys of California, the United States has some of the most productive agricultural areas on the planet.
  • American waterways, including the substantial river systems, provided key natural transportation networks as the nation was building itself. Railroads, highways, and air routes would later overlay this early network.

The rich land attracted people from all over the world (it still does). Combine the American land with the American people and you have a dynamic force indeed. To add to all this, the United States, over much of its land mass, is a beautiful country, with some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth.

Politically, the United States is divided into 50 states, each having separate state governments, flags, laws and traditions. Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa are also part of the United States, each with a special status as a dependency or territory.

The sections that follow detail the various sections of the United States, especially how they are understood in general parlance, followed by a basic survey of American history, and a few sections on the American language, all with the aim of inspiring readers to learn more on their own.

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Full Chapter Outline:
The American Regions
The Continental United States
The Center of America
The Far West
Point of View
New England
Middle Atlantic
The Northeast
Long Island
The Megalopolis
The South
The Midwest
The Great Lakes Region
The Great Plains
The Bible Belt
The West
The Rocky Mountain States
The Southwest
The Pacific Northwest
Alaska and Hawaii

American History
Colonial Beginnings
Differences Emerge
America Makes Trouble
Revolutionary Beginnings

A New and Free Country
Rival Philosophies
Sectional Divisions

—-The Erie Canal

The Civil War
A Lasting American Tragedy

The Growth of American Industry
Cars Everywhere

Waves of Immigrants
Struggle and Assimilation
Absorption by Industry

World War One
Prohibition and the Jazz Age
The Great Depression and Isolation

World War Two
The Nation Mobilizes
Mistakes and Excesses

The Cold War

The Post-War Economy
Economic Upheavals
Immigrants Contribute
The Internet is Everywhere

Language in the United States
The American Language
Vital, and English
American vs British English
Also Vital, and Spanish
No Official Language

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