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First, according to the 1860 Census, there were 3,526,195 free men, aged 20-39 in the states that would not secede. 3,475,987 of these men were white. Second, according to the National Parks Service, 2,672,341 men enlisted in the Union Army, 2,489,836 of which were white. Around 67.8% of enlisted soliders were between the ages of 20-39. To estimate ...


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Some colonies, including Virginia, claimed all land to their west. Other states, including Pennsylvania, had defined western boundaries: Ever since the proprietary grant to William Penn in 1681, the border between Virginia and Pennsylvania had depended upon defining the eastern edge of Pennsylvania. Once that eastern edge of Pennsylvania was ...


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The percentage of Americans traveling overseas doubled between 1860 and 1900, but overseas tourism was still very rare at the end of the century (only .16% of the population per annum). Americans in 2009 were around 10 times as likely to visit Europe as were Americans in 1900. The Historical Statistics of the United States records how many Americans were ...


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I believe in the case of the US Army it stands for 'Model', but the difference between 'Model' or 'Mark' is fairly trivial. 'Mark' is usually abbreviated to 'Mk' - usually in the British Army though it appears in certain US designations as well - especially the US Navy. Yes it's confusing and caused problems in WWII as an 'M1' could refer to a number of ...


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California could not be broken up at the time as it only contained about 90,000 residents and the minimum resident requirement to become a state was at the time 60,000. so to split it up into 3 states you would have to wait till you have 180,000 residents with 60,000 in distinct areas to facilitate a split.


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The War of 1812 had six official endings: one for at land and five for at sea. The Treaty of Ghent states: "All hostilities both by sea and land shall cease as soon as this Treaty shall have been ratified by both parties as hereinafter mentioned." The American Senate ratified the treaty on February 16th, 1815, making this the earliest defensible date for the ...


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It was about preventing "free" states from gaining a majority in the Senate. When the United States was formed, slave states outnumbered free states 8 to 5, giving them a majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Over the course of the next twenty or so years, states were admitted or outlawed slavery such that an even balance (9 slave ...


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The South's deepest fear, from the early drafts of the Constitution, was that a strong central government would outlaw slavery in their states. The entire reason the USA was given a Senate where each state holds equal power was to prevent this. The fear was that if free states ever got a majority in the Senate (to go along with their presumed popular ...


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Your premise is wrong. The statement, "Based on this question and an answer, it appears that although almost all southern white men of draft age were in the military during the Civil War." is untrue. The relevant "evidence" from the question is: "In my geneology research, I can assume with some certainty that if a white southern family had sons born ...


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There was a great deal of diversity in native agricultural practices, even in an area as narrow as "the East Coast." William Cronon estimates that the crop-raising Indians of southern New England maintained 287 persons per hundred square miles, while the nonagricultural natives of Maine sustained populations of 41 persons per hundred square miles. Of ...


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The citation in the Wikipedia entry is an excellent paper on cult law in the US. There are no laws to "monitor" anybody to see when they go wrong; the standard law-enforcement and judicial procedures used to catch other wrong-doers apply to cults as well. Who decides what is a cult anyway? Freedom of expression is other peoples' freedom to say/preach things ...


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The direct/indirect distinction is minorly anachronistic. As Bernard Bailyn discusses at length, the colonists denounced the Stamp Act (1765) as an internal tax, claiming that Parliament only had the right to levy external taxes. External taxes affected international trade, whereas internal taxes affected colonial affairs—and because the colonists had no ...


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No, they didn't. From their point of view there was now a hostile anti-South majority in Congress. Any attempt by themselves to do things to protect slavery through US Congressional action was doomed to failure. So there was no reason to bother trying. The closest thing they had was allied Copperheads, Northern Democrats who felt the issue wasn't worth ...


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No, they did not use peaceful or legal means. Often the secession commissions used did not even fully represent the population of the state seceding. Southerners only started worrying about supposed legality after they lost the war and wanted to look better after the fact.


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It is not easy to see any detail of the aircraft but they do look like they could be DH4's which were in US service from 1918-1932, which while a very wide time window is consistent with the vehicles in the picture. Formation of DH4s, 1920s, US National Archives


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Maybe another way of putting it was that the U.S. tried to "capitalize" on discord between Russia and China. The U.S. supported China during the Sino-Vietnamese "war" of 1979,by establishing an Embassy in Beijing during the war. Also, after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in the early 1980s, the U.S. sent weapons such as "stinger" missiles to the ...


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If you're willing to accept the Navy of South Carolina as being part of the US Navy, then the Indien/South Carolina, built in an Amsterdam shipyard in 1778, seems to meet your criteria. It was built to order as a warship rather than being converted from an existing merchant ship, for some government that eventually became the United States. The only thing ...


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We still have an active shipyard on Guam and at Guantanamo. We have had other shipyards overseas in the past, but the rest of them have been turned over to the local government. The only exception is the shipyard on Pago Pago which was turned over to the Department of the Interior. http://www.shipbuildinghistory.com/history/shipyards/3public.htm


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Here: http://www.duel.ru/199905/?5_2_3 The speech on accepting the status of 'honorary citizen of Lviv' 1999 "Новый мировой порядок при гегемонии США создается против России, за счет России и на обломках России." literally: The new world order under U.S. hegemony is being created against Russia at the expense of Russia and on the ruins of Russia.


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Farming isn't a matter of what you "require", it's a matter of how much you can get. When you are a farmer, you are always trying to grow more, because the more you can grow, the more you can sell, and the more you sell, the more money you have. Non-farmers sometimes have nutty ideas like the idea that farmers are some kind of self-reliant hermits who grow ...


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The other answers are all correct and worth an upvote. Money, land-bound, defensive mentality were factors. However, I will add one key element the others have not mentioned, which is that it was a deliberate part of their strategy. Soviet military planners considered the United States to be a threat to their polity and they deliberately made an "anti-USA" ...



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