name of country?
funk at LCLARK.EDU
Mon Jan 22 10:46:44 PST 2001
"Parry, John" wrote:
> The declaration of independence uses the term "United States of America,"
> and Article I of the articles of confederation provides that the name for
> the confederation of 13 states is the "The United States of America."
I have found it interesting, and so have my students, that at the time of the
founding the title "The United States of America" took a plural verb, as in
"The United States of America have created a new government." Today, of
course, the title is singular, as in "The United States of America is the
greatest nation in the world." When we talk of context, the context of
thinking of the nation as a plural is significantly different from thinking
of it as a singular. I wonder when the title morphed from one to the other.
Lewis & Clark Law School
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