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 Flag description13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars; the 50 stars represent the 50 states, the 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies; known as Old Glory; the design and colors have been the basis for a number of other flags, including Chile, Liberia, Malaysia, and Puerto Rico
Illinois Latitude Facts: 40.3363 and Illinois Longitude Facts: -89.0022
United States People Birth rate (births/1,000 population) 14.18 births/1,000 population (2008 estimate)
United States People Infant mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births) total: 6.3 deaths/1,000 live births; male: 6.95 deaths/1,000 live births; female: 5.62 deaths/1,000 live births (2008 estimate)
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United States Economy Economic aid - donor ODA, $23.53 billion (2006)