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What is the USA’s greatest achievement?

The comparatively short history of the United States of America has not been without controversy, however during this time the country has also emerged a world leader in many spheres of influence. The United States has remained at the forefront of global politics and international relations to the present day and boasts a multitude of historic achievements. But how has the United States managed this? What makes America such a unique country? What are the greatest achievements in the USA’s short history?
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Immigration

Immigration is the foundation on which the United States was founded, and is arguable the cause of all the achievements of the US, innovation, culture, human rights and governance developments. The economy and the richness of American culture is near solely based on this one approach to nation building, and despite recent changes in outlook in the mainstream, America is still often referred to as the "nation of immigrants". Immigration also continues to feed the country's high level of entrepreneurship, growth, and innovative ideas. The country now needs to remember its roots as a country of immigrants, recognise that this is truly its greatest achievement, and use the power of migration to progress.

aei.org/economics/how-immigration-boosts-american-economic-growth-and-innovation nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/fact-immigration-made-america-great-105282 ideologyindex.com/america-is-a-nation-of-immigrants usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/04/immigrants-build-our-nation-embrace-not-exclude-column/755933002

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Immigration is the foundation on which the United States was founded, and is arguable the cause of all the achievements of the US, innovation, culture, human rights and governance developments. The economy and the richness of American culture is near solely based on this one approach to nation building, and despite recent changes in outlook in the mainstream, America is still often referred to as the "nation of immigrants". Immigration also continues to feed the country's high level of entrepreneurship, growth, and innovative ideas. The country now needs to remember its roots as a country of immigrants, recognise that this is truly its greatest achievement, and use the power of migration to progress.

A stable federalist system

Following the American Revolution and the creation of the United States' constitution a rift formed in early US politics between federalists, who supported the constitution, and antifederalists, who resisted the constitution and centralised power. Through the publication of the Federalist Papers, statesmen, founding fathers and subsequent presidents Alexander Hamilton and James Madison defended the constitution and became the architects of the country’s incredibly durable system of government organisation. Over two hundred years later this federalist system of organisation central government has resulted in long term political stability and good devolution of power to individual states. State autonomy and respect for the constitution is still high and this should definitely be seen as America’s greatest achievement.

history.com/topics/early-us/federalist-papers biotech.law.lsu.edu/Books/lbb/x17.htm courses.lumenlearning.com/amgovernment/chapter/the-evolution-of-american-federalism

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Cultural richness

As well as its economic and military dominance, America’s position as a global cultural leader should not be discounted then considering the achievements of the United States. The US is global cultural leader, being the one of the most influential countries in terms of cinema, music, food and fashion, exporting and inspiring artists, industries and movements globally. American art and culture is so influential that, according to a report by U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts, US culture and arts generate a whopping $800 billion dollar industry, contributing 4% to the US economy, adding more value than many countries entire economy.

livescience.com/28945-american-culture.html usnews.com/news/best-countries/best-international-influence usnews.com/news/best-countries/influence-rankings bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-28/arts-and-culture-is-an-800-billion-u-s-industry

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Military accomplishment

The United States have managed to amass the greatest military in history, in terms of deployment, innovation, and scale, and this has not only helped secure the country's global dominance but has also led to a prolonged period of relative peace and startling developments. Military technological breakthroughs have been responsible for some of the most crucial consumer innovations of the last century, GPS, cell phones, and even microwave ovens have helped revolutionise modern lifestyles. But despite being controversial pioneers of nuclear weapons, such developments have arguably also lead to a prolonged peace through stalemate, a period that some scholars have referred to as ‘nuclear peace’. This period is also referred to as ‘Pax Americana’, starting with the country’s post-WWII Marshall Plan and the subsequent expansion of US military influence around the world has help protect relatively peaceful global trade and security for longer than any other time in history.

medium.com/tech-is-a-tool/war-technology-3-times-war-produced-technological-invention-f7d7ed5ba8fc quora.com/What-are-some-of-the-U-S-Militarys-greatest-achievements?share=1 medium.com/discourse/why-pax-americana-is-the-golden-age-of-humanity-b812983a8c15

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Largest Economy

The United State’s crowning achievement is undoubtedly its economy. With the world’s largest economy by GDP and net wealth, largest import economy, the largest consumer market, the largest internal market for goods and the highest average household and employee income of all OECD countries. This has been accomplished largely through a high degree of entrepreneurship and innovation, its has caused the dollar to become the world's most used currency for international transactions, and has helped to produce the world’s highest number of billionaires, with a total wealth of $3 trillion alone.

The US has managed to dominate economically through being the most technologically powerful economy in the world. Often at the forefront of technological advancement, America has led important technology driven industries such as computing, pharmaceuticals, medicine, aerospace and military equipment. The country has often led the way in generating new markets internationally, investing overseas and leading the world in terms of philanthropy.

Since 1890, the start of the 'gilded age', the United States has become the world’s most productive economy, developing complex infrastructure, and a high level of productivity, while maintaining a high degree of economic openness. So much so that over a century later America is still amongst the top countries in term of the Ease of Doing Business Index and the Global Competitiveness Report. This has helped make the America Dollar the world’s foremost reserve currency, being the most stable currency as it is backed by the US economy, the military, the petrodollar system and the huge U.S. treasuries market, making it the most used currency for international transactions.

oecdbetterlifeindex.org/topics/income web.archive.org/web/20120114051146/http://infopedia.usembassy.or.kr/ENG/_f_030401.html cnbc.com/2019/05/09/the-countries-with-the-largest-number-of-billionaires.html investopedia.com/articles/forex/072915/how-petrodollars-affect-us-dollar.asp needpix.com/photo/download/1484468/dollar-flag-usa-economic-banner-money-business-finance-world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_oil_production independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/america-new-zealand-and-canada-top-list-of-world-s-most-generous-nations-a6849221.html

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The US has managed to dominate economically through being the most technologically powerful economy in the world. Often at the forefront of technological advancement, America has led important technology driven industries such as computing, pharmaceuticals, medicine, aerospace and military equipment. The country has often led the way in generating new markets internationally, investing overseas and leading the world in terms of philanthropy.

The Civil Rights Movement

Since the country’s independence, the United States has been founded on the ideas of freedom and liberty, and although these ideals have be no means been available to all during this time, the civil rights movement arguably helped propel the country further in this direction than any other social force. While the fight to end legalised racial discrimination against African Americans led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1964 Voting Rights Act, and the 1968 Civil Rights act, the movement failed to fully address the more subtle systemic and social issues of institutionalised discrimination that continued beyond the 1960s. The Black Lives Matter movement is now leading a new fight through an extraordinary resurgence of protest and organisation in 2020, fighting for the true recognition of human rights that the civil rights movement started. This new rights movement is already having a truly global impact, and will likely join the civil rights movement as one of greatest achievements in American history.

dissentmagazine.org/article/black-lives-matter-new-civil-rights-movement-fredrick-harris people.com/tv/steve-harvey-calls-blm-protests-one-of-the-greatest-movements-since-the-civil-rights-movement theodysseyonline.com/black-lives-matter-vs-the-civil-rights-movement usatoday.com/story/news/2020/07/03/civil-rights-black-lives-matter-protesters-build-1960-s-movement/5356338002 ukessays.com/essays/history/american-ideals-of-freedom-and-liberty-history-essay.php

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Innovation

It is the United States of America’s history of innovation that had undoubtedly been the country’s greatest achievement and has enabled the country’s prosperity. Inventions such as trans-Oceanic cable communication, as far back as the 19th century, have paved the way for global communication, the Internet, mobile phones, Silicon Valley, and have revolutionised the way we communicate. Likewise many other firsts have been the result of American innovation, the first flight, the first mass-produced car, the first nuclear reactor, and the moon landings have all changed not only the United States but the course of world history at large.

historyandheadlines.com/10-great-american-achievements web.archive.org/web/20090906145610/http://atlantic-cable.com/Books/Whitehouse/DDC/index.htm history.com/topics/inventions/invention-of-the-internet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_inventions

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Ending World War One & Two

World War One was unlike almost any war the world had seen before, dominated by new machine weaponry, the war had become one of attrition in Western Europe by 1914. The French and British were barely hanging on by 1918 when the US entered the war, and it is widely understood that Central Powers may have won the war had the US not intervened. Likewise the US made the very difficult decision to carry out the world’s first atomic bombing during the Second World War, which played a fundamental role in hastening Japanese surrender, effectively ending history’s bloodiest war that cost the lives of around 80 million people.

worldatlas.com/articles/how-did-world-war-ii-actually-end.html time.com/5406235/everything-you-know-about-how-world-war-i-ended-is-wrong web.archive.org/web/20090604163502/http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/369th-infantry

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