About the USA

American Citizenship (English – PDF 4.8MB)

In the United States, government serves the citizens. It protects their constitutional rights, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to e…

Priceless : The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation
(English Part 1 – PDF 12.4MB) 

(English Part 2 – PDF 20.3MB)

The U.S. Ambassadors Find for Cultural Preservation has supported projects to preserve cultural heritage in more than 125 countries around the world. Learn…

American Muslims (English – PDF 23.5MB)

American Muslims are ethnically diverse — they have roots in every region of the world — and they have all the opportunities of their non-Muslim neighbors,…

Study in the USA (English – PDF 19.0MB)

U.S. schools are considered among the world’s best — a U.S. degree is highly valued in many countries and can be the key to a successful career.

If you Want to Study in the United States : Undergraduate Study_1 (English – will be updated)

This four-booklet series, published under the title If You Want to Study in the United States, was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Educational Information and Resources Branch.

If you Want to Study in the United States : Undergraduate Study_2 (English – PDF 2.5MB)

This four-booklet series, published under the title If You Want to Study in the United States, was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Educational Information and Resources Branch.

If you Want to Study in the United States : Undergraduate Study_3 (English – PDF 1.1MB)

This four-booklet series, published under the title If You Want to Study in the United States, was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Educational Information and Resources Branch.

If you Want to Study in the United States : Undergraduate Study_4 (English – PDF 2.2MB)

This four-booklet series, published under the title If You Want to Study in the United States, was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Educational Information and Resources Branch.

Stories of African-American Achievements (English – PDF 4.7MB)

Stories of African American Achievement is a collection of profiles of remarkable men and women who have made significant contributions to U.S. society from the nineteenth century.

Pop Culture vs Real America (English – PDF 4.4MB)

That’s another theme echoing through these pages: It’s not about the money. To the students in Istanbul, President Obama lamented how often pop culture depicts Americans as “selfish and crass.”

A Responsible Press Office in the Digital Age (English – PDF 14.9MB)

A Responsible Press Office in the Digital Age explores the relationship between government officials and the media and provides guidance to government communicators about

Media Law HandBook (English – PDF 2.7MB)

What are the privileges and responsibilities of a free press? In Media Law Handbook, Professor Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota, explores how free societies answer this question.

A Responsible Press Office : An Insiders Guide (English – PDF 507KB)

A how-to publication for government leaders and public information officials who want to create an effective mechanism of communication between the media and the government. This handbook offers practical advice based on the significant professional experience of author Marguerite Hoxie Sullivan and other top-level U.S. government spokespersons.

About America : How the U.S. is Governed (English – PDF 1.2MB)

This joint publication of the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs and Braddock Communications presents a comprehensive yet easy-to-read overview of the various levels of and institutions related to government in the U.S. “How the United States Is Governed” describes how federal, state, and local governments are elected, how they operate, and how the executive, legislative, and …

About America : The Constitution of the United States of America With Explanatory Notes (English – PDF 1.9MB)

This illustrated publication includes the complete text of the U.S. Constitution (preamble, seven articles, and 27 amendments), as well an updated introduction and explanatory notes by J.W. Peltason, author of Understanding the Constitution and Government by the People.(July 2004)

Abraham Lincoln : A Legacy of Freedom 

The year 2009 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president, and the man often considered its greatest leader. As the United States endured its greatest crisis, this self-educated common man supplied the leadership and the moral force that bound Americans together and carried them to victory.

American Popular Music (PDF 8.1MB)

American popular music is a kaleidoscopic mélange of styles and dreams.

American Teenagers (English – PDF 3.8MB)

This collection of student essays is to serve as the centerpiece of our journal about teenage life.

Art on the Edge : 17 Contemporary American Artists (English – PDF 4.3MB)

This joint publication of the State Department’s ART in Embassies Program and its Bureau of International Information Programs showcases the work of 17 contemporary American artists. All have made their art available in U.S. ambassador’s residences in countries around the world. (November 2004)

Your Guide to Travel USA (English – PDF 7.7MB)

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, Seoul prepared this booklet to provide accurate, comprehensive, objective and timely information about travel to the United States and to provide guidance to qualified individuals on how to obtain a U.S. visa.

Being Muslim in America (English – PDF 6.2MB)

The young women pictured on our cover are both Muslim. They live near Detroit, Michigan, in a community with many Arab-American residents. Each expresses her faith in her own way, with a combination of traditional and modern dress. Here, they compete fiercely on the basketball court in a sport that blends individual skills and team effort.

Campus Connections (English – PDF 3.3MB)

A globalized economy makes business and employment spill across national boundaries, so an education abroad is likely to make a young person better prepared for the world’s future. Almost double the numbers of students travel abroad for an education today as compared with 20 years ago. Campus Connections examines the international study experience and its influence on individual growth.

Choosing a Career (English – PDF 7.9MB)

This edition of eJournal USA rambles down the many varied paths that Americans take on their way to find their life’s work. Professionals in various fields explain how they got there, and some wrong turns they made along the way.

College and University Education in the United States (English – PDF 2.5MB)

Through this journal, prospective international students and their parents and advisors will learn about the American system of higher education and academic and student life at U.S. colleges and universities.

Democracy in Brief (English – PDF 1.1MB) (Korean – PDF 4.1MB)

Democracy is more than just a set of specific government institutions; it rests upon a well – understood group of values, attitudes, and practices – all of which may take different forms and expressions among cultures and societies around the world. Democracies rest upon fundamental principles, not uniform practices.

Disability and Ability (English – PDF 5.7MB)

With support, people can overcome even severe disabilities while maximizing their abilities and lead fulfilling and productive lives. We hope you will enjoy reading about the Americans with Disabilities law and about the programs underway to help turn disabilities into abilities, from accommodation to technology and medical research. Opening opportunities and removing barriers to people with disabilities is …

Dreams of Edgar Allan Poe (English – PDF 1.7MB)

Dreams of Edgar Allan Poe honors a giant of American literature. An essay by the acclaimed novelist and critic Diane Johnson explores Poe’s life and career. Excerpts from audio dramatizations bring 6 classic Poe stories to life. Formatted as a stylish PDF file, this special web publication is suitable for printing and framing.

Dynamic English (English – PDF 1.9MB) (Korean – PDF 1.9MB)

This edition of eJournal USA discusses forces that shape and change everyday English. From cultural and international influences, such as words that come directly, or in a changed form from another language, to popular media, including movies, music and sports, to changes arising from technological developments, the authors present examples of ways English changes daily. Other articles describe the process …

Edward R. Murrow, Journalism at Its Best (English – PDF 1.0MB)

The career of Edward R. Murrow, the eminent broadcast journalist, is discussed in this publication as an example of the essential role the free press plays in a democratic society. With his reports from London during World War II and his expose of Senator McCarthy’s anti-Communist campaign in the 1950s

Foundations of Democracy (English – PDF 4.3MB)

The year 2009 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president, and the man often considered its greatest leader. As the United States endured its greatest crisis, this self-educated common man supplied the leadership and the moral force that bound Americans together and carried them to victory.

Free At Last : The U.S. Civil Rights Movement (English – PDF 3.8MB)

A history of the contemporary civil rights movement in the United States, including a chronology of key events, brief biographical information on two centuries of African-American leaders, and excerpts from King’s speeches and writings. (November 1998)

Freedom of Faith (English – PDF 873KB)

The principle of religious freedom is a cherished right in the United States, one that has historical roots older than the formation of the nation itself. In the 21st century, the United States pulses with a unique cultural chemistry brought on by a wave of immigration which has brought followers of more diverse faiths to many communities. This edition of eJournal USA examines how the nation adjusts to …

Growing in courage : Stories for Young Readers (English – PDF 1.7MB)

The books excerpted here are all written by American authors, but the stories they tell exemplify values that are shared by many societies in the world today. They all feature young protagonists in the process of finding their own personal strength and courage.

Handbook of Independent Journalism (English – PDF 834KB)

This handbook covers the ins and outs of what every professional journalist should know from how to research, write, and edit a story to how to write headlines, choose graphics, and select quotes and sound bites. Print, radio, TV, and Web-based or online journalism forms are discussed in detail, as well as the skills required in beat reporting.

Historians on America (English – PDF 3.7MB)

Historians on America is a series of individual essays that selects specific moments, decisions, and intellectual or legislative or legal developments and explains how they altered the course of U.S. history. The book consists of 11 separate essays by major historians, ranging from The Trial of John Peter Zenger in 1735 to The Immigration Act of 1965.

Human Rights Education (English – PDF 991KB)

People all over the world want to build futures for their families in free and open societies. This aspiration includes the desire to have basic human rights, participate in fair elections, practice one’s religion, speak freely on public issues, and be certain that an impartial court system will decide violations of the law. In this journal we focus on several key components of genuine democracies and …

Immigrants Joining the Mainstream (English – PDF 2.2MB) (Korean – PDF 6.9MB)

Immigrants made the United States what it is. Being an American depends on acceptance of certain American ideals, not on the place of birth of a person or of his or her ancestors. This edition of eJournal USA tells the story of immigration.

Indigenous People (English – PDF 2.9MB)

The June 2009 edition of eJournal USA provides insight into Native Americans and other indigenous peoples. Articles provide historical background and look at issues surrounding their languages and culture, their legal status, and how they are networking around the world.

Living Documents of American History and Democracy (English – PDF 2.6MB) (Korean – PDF 2.6MB)

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Seoul prepared this booklet to provide accurate, comprehensive and objective information about American history and democracy.

More Than Elections : How Democracies Transfer Power (English – PDF 3.7MB)

Democracy requires more than holding elections. Healthy democracies are defined by the expectations of citizens and the common rules, understandings, and trust they build. This eJournal USA explores the contours of civil society and political legitimacy within which peaceful transitions of power can occur.

Multicultural Literature in the United States Today (English – PDF 1.2MB)

The United States is enriched culturally by immigrants from many nations. This edition of eJournal USA focuses on distinguished American writers from various ethnic backgrounds who add immeasurably to mutual understanding and appreciation through tales of their native lands and their experiences as Americans.

Obama in His Own Words (English – PDF 7.7MB)

These pages share President Obama’s words with our global readership. This book includes the complete text of the 44th President’s Inaugural Address. Also featured are extended excerpts from eight other significant campaign and pre-presidential speeches. It is our hope that while the book itself is small, readers will discover that the vision captured in its pages is large.

Outline of the U.S. Government (English Full Text)

What makes U.S. government uniquely American…its Constitution, the separation of powers, the concept of checks and balances, the decentralized roles of state and local governments, and a citizenry with wide opportunity to be part of it all.

Outline of the U.S. History (English – PDF 4.6MB)

How the United States has been transformed from its origins as an obscure set of colonies on the Atlantic coast a little more than 200 years ago into what one political analyst terms “the first universal nation.” (March 1999)

Outline of the U.S. Legal System (English – PDF 5.6MB)

This outline covers the history and organization of the federal and state judicial systems; the criminal and civil court processes; the background, qualifications, and selection of federal judges; the role of other participants (lawyers, defendants, interest groups) in the judicial process.

Outline of the U.S. Literature (English Full Text)

Follows the path taken by American literature as it has moved from the pre-colonial days of orally transmitted tales of Native American cultures, through the periods of realism, romanticism, and experimentation, to the prose and poetry of the past 50 years. (November 1998)

Rights of the People (English – PDF 767KB) (Korean Full Text)

“Rights of the People” is a history of American law and justice, written by Constitutional historian Melvin Urofsky. By focusing on the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution, and the legal interpretations, many of them written.

Roots of Innovation (English – PDF 2.9MB)

Economic expansion depends more and more on innovation — not simply producing more goods and services, but producing ever newer goods and services. This issue of eJournal USA seeks to show that innovation needs the right conditions to emerge.

See You in the U.S.A
(English – PDF 1.7MB)

This eJournal USA brings together the information you need to make your trip to the United States as easy as possible. It also defines the acronyms of U.S. government travel programs.

Seeking Free and Responsible Media (English – PDF 263KB)

It has long been the policy of the U.S. government to support the development of open and responsible media abroad and to assist in building the infrastructure needed.

Sketchbook USA (English – PDF 6.1MB)

Sketchbook USA lavishly illustrates many aspects of American life. These excerpts depict Americans at work, at play, and engaging in civic activities. View the entire Sketchbook USA and all its many photographs here.

Snapshot USA (English – PDF 5.7MB)

“Snapshot USA” approaches the current generation of young people from outside the United States, by offering some fundamental facts and build on these to describe a little of how Americans think about their country and the world, to provide a picture of who we are now.

Study USA (English – PDF 19.8MB) (Korean – PDF 19.8MB)

The Public Affairs section of the U.S. Embassy, Seoul prepared this booklet to provide accurate, comprehensive, objective and timely information about educational opportunities in the United States and to provide guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access those opportunities.

The 2009 U.S. Residential Inauguration (English – PDF 4.3MB)

The citizens of the United States enthusiastically celebrated the inauguration of their 44th president in January 2009. The peaceful transfer of power always renews faith in the strength of democracy, but in 2009 the rise of an African-American to the nation’s highest office also gave reason for pride at the nation’s repudiation of the segregation and slavery in its past …

The Anatomy of a Jury Trial (English – PDF 1.6MB)

Juries — usually groups of 6 or 12 ordinary citizens — provide a crucial service for their fellow citizens: Just as in medieval England, where they got started, juries prevent government, even democratic government, from pursuing oppressive prosecutions.

The Candidates (English – PDF 1.1MB)

Every presidential campaign is dramatic and historic, but as the fervor surrounding the 2008 election continues to build, U.S. voters and the rest of the world will want to consider the candidates’ personal histories more closely. What sort of people rise to the top in the U.S. political system, what are their attributes, their sensibilities, and their strengths?

The Electoral College
(English – PDF 1.5MB)

More than 100 million voters are likely to cast ballots in nationwide U.S. elections November 4. But only 538 men and women will elect the next president of the United States, and those elections will take place in 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., December 15. This indirect election system, called the Electoral College and devised in 1787 by the framers of the Constitution.

The Movie Business Today (English – PDF 2.9MB) (Korean – PDF 1.6MB)

This issue of eJournal USA analyzes the increasing internationalization of the film industry, both in terms of audiences and filmmaking talent; the rise of a more personal style of independent filmmaking in recent years; the market for foreign-produced films in the United States; and the effects of the Internet and the digital revolution on how movies get made and distributed. …

The Next New Thing (English – PDF 3.6MB)

Innovation is the art of creating something new, and everyday in the U.S. and around the world, scientists, students, and everyday people are working to bring to life an idea that is theirs alone. This edition of eJournal USA tells the story of innovators and their creations.

The Olympic Experience (English – PDF 9.2MB)

The Olympic Games remind us of certain universal human values. Every Olympian has a story that echoes the shared human struggle for excellence and our devotion to pursue purpose in life. In this issue of eJournal USA, we celebrate the Olympics through the individual experiences and insights of athletes who share their memories of the Olympic Experience.

The U.S. Supreme Court : Equal Justice Under Law (English – PDF 3.4MB)

As an institution, the Supreme Court commands respect, legitimacy, and prestige both in the United States and abroad. The October 2009 edition of eJournal USA describes many aspects of the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. Presidential Transitions (English – PDF 2.1MB)

We often read or hear about turmoil before, during, or after elections around the world. An important characteristic of democracy in the United States, however, is the regularly recurring peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next.

USA Education In Brief
(English – PDF 470KB)

USA Education in Brief covers the development of the public school movement, beginning with “common school,” (the iconic little red schoolhouse) in the 18th century.

USA Elections in Brief (English – PDF 789KB) (Korean – PDF 890KB)

A background guide to the entire U.S. electoral system, from federal, state, local, and primary elections to related topics such as polling and the role of the parties and the media

USA History in Brief (English – PDF 1.7MB) (Korean – PDF 1.0MB)

The first title in the new “In Brief” series, this publication summarizes in a few thousand words the history of how the United States was founded and the forces and events that shaped the dynamic and varied country that it has become today.

USA Literature in Brief (English – PDF 486KB) (Korean – PDF 910KB)

USA Literature in Brief pinpoints and describes the contributions to American literature of some of the best-recognized American poets, novelists, philosophers and dramatists from pre-Colonial days through the present.

USA Map with Facts in Brief (English – PDF 684KB)

This publication includes plenty of facts and statistics about the United States — its government, geography, environment, sports and entertainment, the economy and employment, education, transportation, and population.

Women in Politics (English – PDF 1.4MB)

This publication offers the stories of women who believed that they could make a difference by participating in politics and government, and forged ahead to do so. They have acquired experience in running for election, being an effective policymaker, and in persuading elected officials to support their cause.

Women of Influence (English – PDF 1.7MB)

This collection chronicles how 21 notable American women broke new ground, some by championing equal rights for all and others by their accomplishments in fields such as government, literature, and even in war.

World Youth Building a Future (English – PDF 3.4MB)

This edition of eJournal USA, “World Youth Building a Future,” opens a window on the real life experiences of young people who have left home and family to participate in an international exchange program.

Writers on America (English – PDF 889KB)

Presents 15 essays by a diverse group of contemporary American writers, poets, essayists, and intellectuals, on how being an American has affected their decision to write and what they have written during successful careers.