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About the U.S.A.
Last Updated on 08/28/2013

General Information

Fundamental Documents in U.S. History

  • Constitution of the United States of America
    On this page, you will find historical background and links to the text of the Constitution and explanatory notes.
  • Declaration of Independence
    A comprehensive web site by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. (Source: NARA)
  • The Star-Spangled Banner
    The words, the sheet music, and the tune of the National Anthem of the United States.



    Official Web Portal of the U.S. Government
  • Outline of U.S. Government
    Explains the U.S. Constitution, the separation of powers, the concept of “checks and balances,” and the decentralized roles of state and local governments.
  • Outline of the U.S. Legal System
    Covers the history and organization of the federal and state judicial systems. 

Society and Politics

  • American Citizenship
    This book depicts American citizens exercising the many rights and privileges that empower them to participate fully in the nation's political, economic, and cultural life.

Arts, Literature and Culture

  • My Town
    My Town: Writers on American Cities features 12 American authors describing how the U.S. cities where they live contribute to their creativity.
  • Pop Culture versus Real America
    U.S. television and cinema promote images of Americans that are … well … wrong! Pop Culture versus Real America will contrast those pop culture images with profiles of real Americans in every walk of life.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts
    The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.


  • USA Economy in Brief
    This 2011 revised edition shows how competition shapes the U.S. economy and reflects the never-ending debate through history about the proper role of government in the economy.
  • Outline of the U.S. Economy
    From the contents: The Challenges of This Century; The Evolution of the U.S. Economy; Geography and Infrastructure; Government and the Economy; A U.S. Economy Linked to the World


Further Information

  • Travel to the United States (major cities, tourist attractions, practical information and more)
  • eJournal USA (published by the U.S. Department of State)
    The eJournals highlight key policy issues, offering a blend of authoritative policy statements by key U.S. government officials, commentary and background by official and private specialists, and a variety of print and electronic sources. 
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the United States

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