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==Overview==
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[[category:concepts]]Although the word "[[America]]" technically includes all of [[North America]] (i.e. the [[United States|US]] plus [[Canada]] and [[Mexico]]), the several countries of [[Central America]], and the many countries of [[South America]], it is almost always used as a synonym for the [[United States]] (of America). Furthermore, it is most often used when discussing the ''culture'' and ''people'' of the US, rather than the US as a geopolitical entity. In this usage, "America" is at least as much an ''idea'' as it is a place.
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[[File:35122970 America is a continent.cleaned.png|thumb|Geographically, "America" is a pair of continents, not a country.]]
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==About==
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Although the word "[[America]]" technically includes all of [[North America]] (i.e. the [[United States|US(A)]] plus [[Canada]] and [[Mexico]]), the several countries of [[Central America]], and the many countries of [[South America]], it is almost always used as a synonym for the [[United States]] (of America). Furthermore, it is most often used when discussing the ''culture'' and ''people'' of the US, rather than the US as a geopolitical entity. In this usage, "America" is at least as much an ''idea'' as it is a place.
  
Let us define some terms for further discussion, then:
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Most reference works seem to resolve the issue by avoiding use of the standalone term "America" altogether, referring to the double-continent as "the Americas" and referring to the country as "the United States [of America]".
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===Editorial Policy===
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Issuepedia will endeavor to use [[US]] and [[USian]] as more accurate replacements for this sense of the words "America" and "American".
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==Basic Concepts==
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* The {{USA}}: the place where American ideals coalesced and where Americanism was born (and from whence it is exported), for better or for worse
 
* [[Americanism]]: the culture of America as it is (rather than how we might wish it to be), from the beautiful to the ugly
 
* [[Americanism]]: the culture of America as it is (rather than how we might wish it to be), from the beautiful to the ugly
* [[American ideal]]: the ideals towards which Americans strive, and which people all over the world find the most inspiring about America
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* [[American dishonor]]: stains on America's [[honor]] which need to be remembered lest they be repeated
* The {{USA}}: the place where American ideals coalesced and where Americanism was born (and from whence it is exported), for better or for worse
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* [[American ideals]]: the ideals towards which Americans strive, and which people all over the world find inspiring about America
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==Political Ideologies==
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* [[American cultural polarization]], a.k.a. "culture war"
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* [[American republicanism]]
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* [[American socialism]]
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==Links==
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===Reference===
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* {{wikipedia}}
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* {{conservapedia}}
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* {{rationalwiki}}

Latest revision as of 12:06, 20 September 2019

Geographically, "America" is a pair of continents, not a country.

About

Although the word "America" technically includes all of North America (i.e. the US(A) plus Canada and Mexico), the several countries of Central America, and the many countries of South America, it is almost always used as a synonym for the United States (of America). Furthermore, it is most often used when discussing the culture and people of the US, rather than the US as a geopolitical entity. In this usage, "America" is at least as much an idea as it is a place.

Most reference works seem to resolve the issue by avoiding use of the standalone term "America" altogether, referring to the double-continent as "the Americas" and referring to the country as "the United States [of America]".

Editorial Policy

Issuepedia will endeavor to use US and USian as more accurate replacements for this sense of the words "America" and "American".

Basic Concepts

  • The United States: the place where American ideals coalesced and where Americanism was born (and from whence it is exported), for better or for worse
  • Americanism: the culture of America as it is (rather than how we might wish it to be), from the beautiful to the ugly
  • American dishonor: stains on America's honor which need to be remembered lest they be repeated
  • American ideals: the ideals towards which Americans strive, and which people all over the world find inspiring about America

Political Ideologies

Links

Reference