Do the U.S. really constitute a united country?
- The United States, the result of a common effort of former British colonies
- The common effort created the United States as one and integral entity
- The American nation as a harmonious one
The people who wrote the Constitution and those who voted it had a goal to create that is ?a more perfect union?. Still what is the measure of the perfection? Two hundred years of independent history, of steady and reputed democracy? What does ?a union? mean? Finally, does USA manage nowadays to achieve such a ?more perfect? union or does the USA constitute a united country?
We cannot deny that the U.S. today is a federation of fifty independent states covering 9.83 million km2 areas with about 308 million people. However, to properly answer the question above, besides these data we also need to decrypt what ?united? does mean and then, by using different ways of understanding this word, we'll explore the nature of the U.S. union.
First of all according to the modern dictionary ?united?, stands for ?produced by joint action? and, referring to the U.S. Such unity can be discovered through the history of its creation. Secondly, it means ?made one? which supposes some common elements for all fifty states composing the Union. And finally, last but not least, to be united one need an agreement, thus, we should appreciate the U.S. nation as a harmonious one.
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