"Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions. The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65), in which a northern Union of states defeated a secessionist Confederacy of 11 southern slave states, and the Great Depression of the 1930s, an economic downturn during which about a quarter of the labor force lost its jobs. Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation state. The economy is marked by steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology." Learn more...
About half the size of Russia Population: 311 million Language: English Capital: Washington, DC
The following journal entries were posted from within, or are specifically about, the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. The list is in chronological order. To see all journal entries in the order that they were penned and posted, click Journal. Use the scroll bar on the right-hand side of the photograph to view the entire list.
Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything. --Charles Kuralt