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General Information about the U.S.A.

General Information about the United States

  • Basic Facts About the United States (courtesy World Factbook)
  • Sketchbook USA lavishly illustrates many aspects of American life. These excerpts depict Americans at work, at play, and engaging in civic activities. View the entire Sketchbook USA and all its many photographs
  • USA Map with Facts in Brief - This publication includes plenty of facts and statistics about the United States -- its government, geography, environment, sports and entertainment, the economy and employment, education, transportation, and population.
  • Biography of America - an interesting presentation of U.S. history, and companion to the 26-show telecourse and video program of the same name.
  • Snapshot USA: This edition of eJournal USA is designed to provide a central resource for information about the United States. It is but an introduction, tailored to the current generation of young people around the world, containing many facts and statistics, but also essays which describe a little of how Americans think about their country and the world. June 2006


U.S. History: The Story of the United States


The American Landscape: Geography, U.S. States and Environment

  • An Outline of American Geography: Regional Landscapes of the United States. This publication considers the physical environment of the United States — landforms, climate, soils, and vegetation — in terms of its impact on the country's cultural, regional, and political development.
  • Maps of the United States (courtesy of the The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, The University of Texas at Austin)
  • Color Landform Atlas of the Fifty States detailed color maps of each state from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Stately Knowledge a fun page designed to help you find out the basic facts about any state in the union. Click on the state you are researching to find a list of basic state information. For more detailed information, scroll down to the "Helpful Links" section which will take you directly to official state government homepages where tourism information, state history and much more can be found.
  • USA Map with Facts in Brief - This publication includes plenty of facts and statistics about the United States -- its government, geography, environment, sports and entertainment, the economy and employment, education, transportation, and population.


Fundamental Documents: A Basis for Liberty


U.S. Politics and Government


The American Presidency


U.S. Economic System


U.S. Education System

  • USA Education In Brief USA Education in Brief covers the development of the public school movement, beginning with "common school," (the iconic little red schoolhouse) in the 18th century, through the Land-Grant university movement to the G.I. Bill of Rights and the civil rights movement which expanded educational opportunity to all U.S. citizens. Additional topics include 21st century challenges; civic, bilingual, and special education; foreign exchanges; and teaching democracy to a new generation.
  • College and University Education in the United States  What it takes to get accepted and get a visa to study in the USA.


U.S. Population


News and Media

  • Handbook of Independent Journalism This handbook covers the ins and outs of what every professional journalist should know — from how to research, write, and edit a story to how to write headlines, choose graphics, and select quotes and sound bites. Print, radio, TV, and Web-based or online journalism forms are discussed in detail, as well as the skills required in beat reporting.


United States Arts and Culture

  • An Outline of American Literature a publication exploring America's literature.
  • Art on the Edge This joint publication of the State Department's ART in Embassies Program and its Bureau of International Information Programs showcases the work of 17 contemporary American artists. All have made their art available in U.S. ambassador's residences in countries around the world. As a group, these up-and-comers exemplify such bedrock American values as innovation, diversity, freedom, individualism, and competitive excellence.
  • Historians on America is a series of individual essays that selects specific moments, decisions, and intellectual or legislative or legal developments and explains how they altered the course of U.S. history. The book consists of 11 separate essays by major historians, ranging from The Trial of John Peter Zenger in 1735 to The Immigration Act of 1965.
  • American Popular Music American popular music is a kaleidoscopic mélange of styles and dreams. Its vibrancy reflects the mating of cultural diversity to artistic and creative freedom. The stories in this book illustrate how Americans, borrowing from diverse musical traditions, have contributed to humanity’s universal language.


The American Flag and National Anthem




American Foodways


United States Sports and Entertainment

  • Collection of facts on sports, entertainment and recreation
  • National Parks, National Legacy The people of the United States own and protect a sprawling system of national parks,  including seashores, trails, monuments, and battlefields. All American citizens are, in a sense, stewards of sites where history unfolded, where mountains soar, and where rivers run. They keep these parks for the future, and they treasure them today. As former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people.” This edition of eJournalUSA presents glorious views of the national parks, the history of this vast system, and its mission of conservation and public access.

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