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.
United States Government Legal system is the federal court system based on English common law; each state has its own unique legal system, of which all but one (Louisiana, which is still influenced by the Napoleonic Code) is based on English common law; judicial review of legislative acts; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.
Hawaii Latitude Facts: 21.1098 and Hawaii Longitude Facts: -157.5311
United States People HIV/AIDS - deaths 17,011 (2005 estimate)
United States People Nationality noun: American(s); adjective: American
United States People Population growth rate (%) 0.883% (2008 estimate)