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The particular discrepancy in the 15th amendment is between when the 28th state (of 37) ratified it pushing it over the 3/4 necessary, and when that ratification was certified by the US Secretary of State. Iowa became the 28th on Feb 3rd, and the Secretary certified it on March 30th. The secretary's certification was unnecessary. An amendment goes into ...


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Probably Abraham Lincoln. While the specific "quote" is almost certainly manufactured, the core idea could easily have been taken from Lincoln's Lyceum Address. In that speech, Lincoln warned that the mortal danger to the United States was not foreign but domestic: At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach ...


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America supported the crown of France, the Bourbons, who had provided them huge amounts of money and other support during the American Revolution. When the French revolutionaries deposed and executed the King of France, the United States refused paying any debts to France on the grounds that the money had been lent by the King and only would we repay the ...


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After and during the French Revolution, people in America were split among the decisions, especially along the party lines. One party supported it, mainly the Democratic-Republicans, and one party was against the revolution, the Federalists, so it would depend on who had more power in the congress on how they would intervene. (Source: Prentice Hall, United ...


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I'm afraid you have to understand that at the time period we are talking about it was especially hard to get independent information and government- backed information is almost guaranteed to be doctored for political, social and other reasons. This would apply not only to the US, but to Germany and the Soviet Union as well. If you remember a phrase from ...


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Nothing modern about this trend at all - just witness this ancient Greek cuirass replete with muscle tendons, rib cage, and even a navel and two nipples: This additional article traces the history of such Greek cuirasses through various stages of development. As for why it is so prevalent, try asking your wife why she wears lipstick and high heels - ...


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Well played sir, well played! Drake has persuaded me to offer a bad answer. This is a bad answer because I'm going to cite a set of generalizations without either the sources that I prefer or the extensive scholarship of the god king of H:SE. If you want a one sentence answer, growing communications, a broader distribution of economic power to ...


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They were really, really, really significant for the United States. They were able to raise over 150 billion dollars for the treasury by bonds. This helped fuel the U.S. war effort and supply troops with weapons, tanks, guns, etc. Without these bonds, the war could've lasted longer, or been harder to win. The bonds helped the U.S. win the war and were very ...


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The atomic bombings likely sped up the surrender of the Japanese forces, but it wasn't the only cause. It was a larger one, but not the only one. The Soviet invasion of Manchuria also helped speed up the surrender, as Japan was struggling. Without the bombings, America likely would've had to invade Japan, possibly with help from the Soviets. The question ...


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CGP Grey has a nice video explaining why the first-past-the-post voting system usually ends up with a two-party system. As others have said it burns down to: You hurt the party you can most agree with by voting for a minority party (which doesn't get elected anyway). So you vote "strategically" for a party with a good chance of winning.


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An enlisted Naval serviceman was paid anything from $80 to $213/month, depending on rank and service. I can't find a clear US record, but the Canadians had the lowest (non-training) telegraphist grade as an Able Seaman, and this seems to be at the E-3 level; so by analogy say $100/month. To make it directly comparable to civilian pay we need to account for ...


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I don't think bidets were ever as popular in the UK as we believed. I've heard from a lot of people in the UK and they often say they don't have one nor do they know anyone that does have one. I think Crocodile Dundee put it in the heads of people that everyone in the UK has a bidet. Bidets are more common in the Middle East, as well as Italy. The newer ...


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It is not possible to know for sure. If by the Red Scare, you are referring to the House Committee on Un-American Activities, it definitely had a chilling effect on Nazi and Communist political efforts in the United States. Many Nazis and hundreds of hard-core Communists from all walks of life got shunned by American society due to the stigma of being ...


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The Red Scare was not about catching actual spies. The USA already had law enforcement agencies for that task. Instead, it was about finding and publicly outing potential spies. People who might be sympathetic to the Russians (or vulnerable to blackmail by them), and thus might in the future commit an act of espionage, if given the chance. For instance, ...


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In spite of saying that spain could not enter in ww1, it was very nearly the entrance in the war. In the momentum of the entente cordiale between france and uk it was a secret agreement that involved spain in the case, If italy joined to germany and Austrian-hungary empires. spain before the ww1 started was trying to make a new deal to improve the armada ...



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