Since the early 20th century the United States has had an enormous effect on global affairs, and is now widely recognised as the world's major (perhaps only) superpower. When looking at the powerful force the US is today, it is easy for outsiders to forget its origins in colonial history and revolutionary war.

America's systems of government and politics, and its legal system, reflect this colonial past to some extent, and show parallels with European systems. Its 50 states have roots in the original colonies, although of course the nation has undergone many fundamental changes since then, notably as the world's major capitalist nation.

This metanode attempts to highlight some of the nodes about the US currently available on E2 - please /msg me with any additions.

The 50 states and their capitals: 48 of the states are in the mainland United States, with Alaska and Hawaii being the exceptions. The District of Columbia is a special case, designed to incorporate the nation's capital, Washington, without being part of any one state.

US territories

American presidents:

American History:

US law and legal cases

  • Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America
  • American laws against tipping
  • Barron v. Baltimore
  • Bob Jones University v. United States
  • Chevron deference
  • Copyright Law of The United States of America
  • Dodge v. Ford Motor Co.
  • Drye v. United States
  • Engel v. Vitale
  • Ganulin v. United States
  • Gherebi v. Bush
  • Gonzales v. Carhart
  • Goss v. Lopez
  • Griswold v. Connecticut
  • Holden v. Hardy
  • Citing a United States Supreme Court case
  • Kahle v. Ashcroft
  • Kelo v. City of New London
  • Lawrence v. Texas
  • Littleton v. Prange
  • New York Times co. v. United States
  • Nicaragua v. United States of America
  • Padilla v. Rumsfeld
  • Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad Co.
  • Reynolds v. United States
  • Roe v. Wade
  • Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad
  • Schenck v. United States
  • Some thoughts on drinking age limits in the United States
  • Supremacy Clause
  • Tennessee v. Lane
  • United States $1 Coin Act of 1997
  • United States Courts of Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States federal court system
  • United States Public Law 103-150
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc.
  • United States v. Susan B. Anthony
  • Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer
  • US government and politics

  • 1992 United States Vice Presidential Debate
  • Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People
  • Amendment to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act
  • Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America
  • American Parliamentary Debate Association
  • A short history of United States government efforts to combat the Great Recession
  • Bipartisanship and democracy
  • Candidates for President of the United States, Year 2000
  • Congress
  • Democratic Party
  • Electoral College
  • House of Representatives
  • How a bill becomes a law in the United States
  • Is America a Police State?
  • President of the United States of America
  • Renouncing U.S. citizenship
  • Republican Party
  • Running for political office in the United States
  • Senate
  • State of the Union Address
  • The American Two-Party System
  • The Constitution of the United States of America
  • The freedom to express dissent in America
  • The National Security Strategy of the United States
  • The Short Abbreviations of United States Political Parties
  • U.S. citizenship
  • U.S. Federal Government
  • Why the United States has a two-party political system
  • The US and international affairs

  • War and the United States of America
  • American Aid to Israel
  • American and Japanese policy towards China, 1942-1943
  • How the United States helped Saddam Hussein
  • Osama Bin Laden's Declaration of War on America in the Middle East Part 1
  • Osama Bin Laden's Declaration of War on America in the Middle East Part 2
  • Philippine-American War
  • Project for the New American Century
  • Saddam Hussein's response to the United States attack, March 20, 2003
  • Second open letter from Saddam Hussein to the peoples of the United States
  • The Dalai Lama's response to terrorist attacks on the United States
  • War and the United States of America
  • War on Iraq 2003
  • Tibet and the United States
  • United States Global Empire
  • United States nuclear threat against Yugoslavia in 1946
  • Why the United States needs the United Nations

  • Many, many thanks to jrn for the following interactive map of the continental United States:
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