United States

  • M. R. Haberfeld
  • Joseph F. King
  • Charles Andrew Lieberman


The United States of America (US), the third largest country in the world, both in population1 and in size,2 was established subsequent to the American Revolutionary War and the signing of declaration of independence by 13 states along the Eastern coast of North America from British rule in 1776. Following the Treaty of Paris in 1783 the US was recognized as a new nation.3 During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the US expanded westward across North America, increasing the number of states through 1959 and the addition of its 50th state, Hawaii. In addition to the 50 states, the US has a number of dependent areas.4 The United States experienced a civil war from 1861 to 1865, during which the northern states defeated a confederacy of secessionist southern states. The current government is based on the US constitution, which was drafted by revolutionaries that had learned from their experiences with the British that governmental power in the hands of unelected officials not accountable to the people they govern can readily lead to abuses.


Terrorist Attack Routine Activity Theory Terrorist Incident Metropolitan Police Government Accountability Office 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Haberfeld
    • 1
  • Joseph F. King
    • 1
  • Charles Andrew Lieberman
    • 1
  1. 1.City University of New York, John Jay college of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

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