The United States

Overview

The United States of America is the world's third-largest country in terms of both size and population. It shares borders with the world's two largest oceans-the Atlantic, to the east, and the Pacific, to the west-and with the nations of Canada, to the north, and Mexico, to the south. The United States is well known for its environmental and cultural diversity. All of the world's major climates-from Arctic to subtropical, and from desert to rain forest-can be found within its borders. In addition, its population ...
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Overview

The United States of America is the world's third-largest country in terms of both size and population. It shares borders with the world's two largest oceans-the Atlantic, to the east, and the Pacific, to the west-and with the nations of Canada, to the north, and Mexico, to the south. The United States is well known for its environmental and cultural diversity. All of the world's major climates-from Arctic to subtropical, and from desert to rain forest-can be found within its borders. In addition, its population is one of the most diverse in the world. Throughout its history, the United States has been defined by sustained periods of immigration that have brought varied groups of immigrants: first from western Europe; then from southern and eastern Europe; and, most recently, from Asia and Latin America. The United States also is defined by its abundant natural resources and voluminous economy. The country has vast stores of coal and oil and is the world's leading producer of electrical and nuclear energy. In addition, it is responsible for 60 percent of the world's agricultural output. Despite being home to less than 5 percent of the world's population, the United States is the world's largest economy, accounting for 20 percent of the global gross domestic product and approximately 10 percent of the world's exports.

About the Author:
Charles F. Gritzner is distinguished professor of geography at South Dakota State University

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
This book, part of the "Modern World Nations" series, provides a snapshot of The United States of America. Chapters cover geography, history, people and culture, government and politics, the economy, lifestyles in the U.S., and possibilities for the future. The text is dense and presented in very long sentences and paragraphs, so even though the book is small and might appeal to younger readers, the narrative will probably work best for the older end of the age range. The text focuses on the diversity that helps define the United States: the diversity in environment, culture, climate, and especially population. The book includes many interesting photographs and samples of artwork from earlier times, which supports the information in the text. The book also includes several elements to help students doing research, including a list of pertinent facts, history highlights, a bibliography, suggestions for further reading and research, and a detailed index. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791095119
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Modern World Nations Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents


Introducing the United States     8
Physical Geography     16
The United States Through Time     47
People and Culture     62
Government and Politics     75
The United States' Economy     89
Living in the United States Today     103
The United States Looks Ahead     119
Facts at a Glance     127
History at a Glance     131
Bibliography     133
Further Reading     134
Index     137
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