Video: The Bush Legacy
The BBC evaluate some of the accomplishments and failures of George Bush during his eight years in office.
Audo/Slides: An ambush and a comrade lost
An American platoon patrolling the Korangal Valley in Afghanistan found themselves pinned in a riverbed, which had blossomed into a kill zone.
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Fast Facts: The USACapital: Washington D.C.
Major cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago
Size: 9,629,091 square km (30 times as large as Norway)
Currency: American dollar ($)
Administrative divisions: 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.)
Population: 295,734,134 (2005)
Ethnic groups: White 69%, Hispanic 13.5%, Black 13%, Asian and Pacific Islanders 4%, Native American and Alaska Natives 1%
Religions: Protestant 52%, Roman Catholic 24%, Mormon 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 1%, other 10%, none 10% (2002 est.)
Languages: English 82.1%, Spanish 10.7%, other Indo-European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific island 2.7%, other 0.7% (2000 census)
Political system: Federal republic, the president is both chief of state and head of government. Congress consists of two houses: the Senate and the House of Representatives
Working life: The US has the largest and most powerful economy in the world.
Occupations: farming, forestry, and fishing 1%, industry, transportation, and crafts 23%, sales and office 26%, other services 50%
From July 4 to September 11: US History
Mount Rushmore. Copyright: Getty Images
In 1733 there were 13 British colonies on the east coast. After a while they didn’t want to be part of Britain anymore. Therefore, the colonists went to war against Britain in 1775.
The Declaration of Independence was signed July 4, 1776, and the war ended in 1783. George Washington became the first president of the United States.
The Civil War
The USA at war
In 1941 Japan attacked US territory. This forced the USA into the war. In August 1945, the war ended when the Americans dropped nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The end of World War II was the beginning of a “cold war” between the communist Soviet Union and the USA.
American cultural influence
Choose the right word(s)/year:
a) The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1726/ 1776/1846.
Country Profile: United States of America (BBC)
The World Factbook: The USA
The USA (Fact Monster)
American Topics (US Embassy in Norway)
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