The German-language name Deutschland is derived from a Germanic root meaning volk, or people. A document written in Latin from the Frankish court of C.
These characteristics include the age, ethnicity, immigration rates, birth and death rates, and geographic distribution of the American people.
This population count makes the United States the third most populous country in the world, after China and India. Historically, this nation has attracted vast numbers of immigrants from around the globe.
Yet the United States remains less densely populated than other large countries or other industrialized nations—in there were 30 persons per sq km 78 per sq mi.
Its natural growth rate in was a moderate 0.
At this rate of growth, it would take the United States 75 years to double in population, while the world population would double in 55 years. These growth rates, both nationally and internationally, are likely to change, however, as birthrates were declining in developed and developing nations at the turn of the 21st century, and death rates were rising in parts of Africa and the former Soviet Union.
Only 6 percent of Americans in the census reported they spoke little or no English. This is very different from many other countries. In Canada, 68 percent of the population speaks only English, 13 percent speaks only French.
India has 14 major languages and China 7 major dialects. The linguistic uniformity in the United States results from early British dominance and from widespread literacy. Advertising, movies, television, magazines, and newspapers that are distributed across the nation also promote a common language and common experiences.
In the second half of the 20th century, Americans were more likely than ever before to travel or move to other parts of the country. The national media and large corporations promote the same fashions in dress, entertainment, and sometimes in behavior throughout the states and regions.
Newer suburbs, apartments, offices, shops, factories, highways, hotels, gas stations, and schools tend to look much the same across the nation. The uniformity of the American media and the dominance of the English language not only characterize the United States, but increasingly influence cultures around the globe.
E-mail and the Internet are the latest technologies that are spreading American English. The United States is a pluralistic society, meaning it is composed of many nationalities, races, religions, and creeds.
Some of the people who immigrated to America embraced the opportunity to leave old cultures behind and to remake themselves unencumbered by past traditions and loyalties. Others found that the liberties promised under the Bill of Rights allowed for distinctiveness rather than uniformity, and they have taken pride in preserving and celebrating their origins.
Even today, some citizens argue that recent arrivals to the United States are radically different from previous immigrants, can never be assimilated, and therefore should be barred from entry. There are very different understandings of what makes a person an American.
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These varied terrains have attracted, challenged, and supported many different groups of people.
The nation remains a magnet for immigrants, despite the fact that substantial disparities exist in wealth and in access to resources between recent immigrants and more established Americans. Sincewhen national record keeping began, more than 65 million people have come to the United States;immigrants arrived in alone.
The vast majority of Americans trace their ancestry to one or more of these immigrant groups.Between and , however, more than million Germans left the German Democratic Republic and went to the Federal Republic of Germany.
The building of the Berlin Wall in effectively put an end to this German-German migration. The National Socialist German Workers' Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated NSDAP), commonly referred to in English as the Nazi Party (), was a far-right political party in Germany that was active between and and practised the ideology of Nazism.
Politically, the French Revolution demonstrated to the Germans the power of nationalism to mobilize people. The liberal reforms of the French Revolution led to a more efficient French system and a more patriotic French population. As seen in the reforms of Prussia, the Germans followed suit.
In , a proposal to include which postulated the racial superiority of the German Volk (people/folk).
The Pan-German League (Alldeutscher Verband), created in , promoted German imperialism, "racial hygiene" and was opposed to intermarriage with Jews. To prevent misunderstanding a clear distinction must be made between racism and.
The explicit purpose of your assembly is to put a German people's association [Volksbund] in the place of the existing federation of princes, to bring the German nation to real unity, to strengthen German national feeling, and thus to raise Germany's power both internal and external.
Burke had long argued for a national outlook and sense of unity among the country’s Catholics. The war provided the impetus to initiate these efforts. In , the National Catholic Welfare Council, composed of US Catholic bishops, founded NCWC at the urging of heads of Catholic women's organizations desiring a federation for concerted.