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Apr
22
accepted What “other property” was considered for representation at the Constitutional Convention?
Apr
21
comment What “other property” was considered for representation at the Constitutional Convention?
negroes eat the food of freemen, and therefore should be taxed; horses also eat the food of freemen, therefore they should be taxed. A strange argument; I've never seen a man, black or white, eat hay or silage.
Apr
21
asked What “other property” was considered for representation at the Constitutional Convention?
Apr
17
awarded  Notable Question
Feb
3
answered How densely populated were the Americas prior to European colonization?
Feb
2
comment Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?
@dsollen European cultural understanding of the idea of quarantine actually dates back thousands of years; you can find the basic principles laid out in the Law of Moses. And they didn't need to understand all the "important details" or have a scientifically accurate Germ Theory to understand that contagion--the spread of disease from an infected person to a healthy person--exists, and that preventing contact with an infected person is thus a good way to prevent healthy people from contracting the disease.
Dec
12
asked Would the USA staying out of WWI have prevented WWII?
Dec
11
comment When was the American War of Independence first called a 'Revolution'?
Considering all the horrors it spawned, I'd imagine the Founding Fathers would have preferred, if the subject ever came up, to disassociate themselves and their work from the French Revolution as much as possible.
Dec
10
comment Why was the Aztec Empire known as an Empire?
A close friend of mine is of native Nicaraguan descent, and he likes to talk about history. If you get him started he can go on and on about how the Aztecs oppressed his people, even to the point of saying that, for all the negative consequences of the Conquistador invasion, they ultimately did a very good thing by wiping out the Aztec empire and their religion of death. (His words, not mine.) That definitely fits the description of an empire of conquest.
Nov
19
comment What's the correlation between an excessive unmarried male population and a big war breaking out?
@TylerDurden: No, scary is when you realize that one of their closest neighbors, India, has a comparably large population and the exact same sex-imbalance problems.
Nov
18
asked What's the correlation between an excessive unmarried male population and a big war breaking out?
Nov
5
accepted What was the output of a Bessemer Converter?
Nov
3
comment What are the factors that caused the new world civilizations to be less technologically advanced than the old world?
Wait, what? If maize was so inferior to wheat, agriculturally speaking, why did the spread of maize cause population booms throughout the Old World after explorers brought samples home, when they had had access to wheat for millennia?
Nov
3
comment What was the output of a Bessemer Converter?
Very interesting. Got any references?
Nov
3
asked What was the output of a Bessemer Converter?
Oct
30
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Sep
11
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
21
awarded  Critic
Aug
21
comment How many lives were estimated to have been saved by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs?
I dunno about Truman's team's estimates at the time, but one figure to throw in: a significant fraction of the population of Korea, and to a lesser extent, its neighbors. The only reason we didn't use the A-bomb in the Korean war is because we did use it in Japan, and then afterwards had time to observe the long-term consequences.
Aug
11
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