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Searching for the legal definition of the term America. The first place I contacted is:

 

American Historical Association

400 A St., SE

Washington, DC 20003

tel. (202) 544-2422

fax (202) 544-8307

 

Who We Are

 

http://www.historian...info/WhoAre.cfm

 

As the umbrella organization for the history profession, the American Historical Association brings together historians and historical institutions across the wide range of fields and areas of employment. Currently, the Association counts over 4,000 subscribing institutions, and more than 14,000 individuals, including college and university faculty, public historians, independent scholars, archivists, librarians, and secondary school teachers.

 

A friendly gentleman politely stated that none of his staff could be of assistance, but told me write to the organization at:

 

aha@historians.org

 

I look forward to the response.

 

I have also inquired at the Library of Congress.

 

Thank you for submitting your question to Library of Congress - American Memory

 

Question ID: 6724486

 

Your question:

To American Memory Historical Collections: Am I correct stating that the word "America" according to Our Government encompasses all the the people, states, territories, and possessions?

 

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Awaiting their response.

 

Found a good quote from George Washington to Lafayette - February 07, 1788

 

The People of America entertain a grateful remembrance of past services as well as a favorable disposition for commercial and friendly connections with your Nation.

 

The original source can be found at:

 

http://gwpapers.virg...lafayette1.html

 

Here is another good one.

 

George Washington to Benjamin Lincoln - June 29, 1788

 

No one can rejoice more than I do at every step taken by the People of this great Country to preserve the Union--establish good order & government--and to render the Nation happy at home & respected abroad. No country upon Earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America.

 

http://gwpapers.virg...8/lincoln1.html

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Buy American Act Mar. 3, 1933, ch. 212, 47 Stat. 1520 - http://uscode.house.gov/uscode-cgi/fastweb.exe?getdoc+uscview+t41t42+23+1++%2841%29++AND%252

 

According to the Federal Trade Commission, "Made in USA" means that "all or virtually all" the product has been made in America. http://business.ftc.gov/documents/alt101-selling-american-made-products-made-usa-claims

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Guest HUMAN

Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Self. Irrespective of your station in life.

 

Though what I do wonder about? Is why the Founding Fathers put in Happiness instead of self?

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My family taught me it was the pursuit of Life (Self), Liberty (Personal Freedom), and Happiness (American Dream). Our rights are equal as Citizens regardless of our riches and past history.

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Guest True Brit

You might look up Richard Amerike (pronounced "America").

 

No. Richard Amerike (ap Meryk) was a shipowner of Welsh descent active in fishing and trading voyages out of Bristol, England, in the late 15th century. In the 1890s, his name was found on various documents connected with the 1497-1498 voyages of the explorer John Cabot. The uncanny resemblance between Amerike's name and the word "America" led in 1908 to the proposal that America had actually been named for him rather than for the Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci, as is generally believed. While most historians give little credence to this theory, Amerike's partisans go further and state flatly (as Peter MacDonald has written on no less than the BBC's website) that the U.S. flag, and by extension the arms, are "based on the design of Amerike's arms."

 

amerike.gif

 

http://www.americanh...?n=Official.MMM

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I wanted to know the status of my question I submitted.

 

Thank you for submitting your question to Library of Congress - American Memory

 

Question ID: 6724486

 

Your question:

To American Memory Historical Collections: Am I correct stating that the word "America" according to Our Government encompasses all the the people, states, territories, and possessions?

 

Question : 6724486

 

The Law Library Reading room 202.707-5079

 

James Martin sent me a response

 

Subject: Library Question - Answer [Question #6724486]

Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 15:38:45 -0400 (EDT)

 

The United States Code can be found at < http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/ >. Though America and American are used throughout the code, there does not appear to be listed definition of the word "America."

 

I hope this information is helpful to you.

Public Services Division

Law Library of Congress

Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave., SE

Washington, D.C. 20540-3120

URL: < http://www.loc.gov/l...it/readingroom/ >

E-Mail: < http://www.loc.gov/r...ib/ask-law.html >

 

Looks like congress has no legal definition for the term America.

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Contacting Cornell.

 

http://topics.law.cornell.edu/justanswer_interstitial

 

took me to

 

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I posted to the form:

Though America and American are used throughout the US code, there does not appear to be listed definition of the word "America." Is this correct? Thanks in advance for your help. Luke Wilbur luke@DCpages.com. 301-493-9273

 

I got this response

 

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http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/

 

Went to contact us page instead.

 

http://topics.law.cornell.edu/contact

 

The LII cannot offer you legal advice or assistance, and we do not offer personalized help with legal research or school projects. For those looking for legal counsel, we offer, in partnership with Justia, a lawyer directory. You can send us a message using the contact form below.

 

Going to ponder my next move.

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Proper word lineage must prove the word to have arrived from some source. My curiosity is ever so cringingly unsatisfied!!!

 

DOH!!!

 

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Guest Morbonzi

The Great Prophet of the American Revolution, Sir Thomas Paine, coined the phrase, "United States of America."

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