Geographically, the United States are very isolated. We only have two neighbors on our borders, and great distances separate most of the United States from the rest of the world. However, culturally, financially and technologically, we are part of a global community that has a direct and regular influence on our society.
Nations are becoming increasingly interdependent. One aspect of this interdependence is international trade - the importing and exporting of products to and from other countries. You and your family probably use many products imported from other countries.
This in turn affects our political system. Take the recent oil problems. The United States dependence on fossil fuels which are supported by other nations has had an enormous effect on our society, monetary system and relationships both foreign and domestic.
But oil is not the only relationship, and not everything about the interdependence is bad.
Watch this series of videos about Economic and Cultural Interdependence
Consider the following questions about this video.
- Why start a movie about China in America?
- What do Mexican migrant workers have to do with it?
- What happened to the Carolina cotton?
- What is competition in the global market place?