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Nov
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comment Did the Torch operation help doom the Germans at Stalingrad?
Well, it could be argued that those forces might have been available as an emergency reserve if they hadn't been previously deployed to Tunisia. I wouldn't want to make that claim personally without looking at available unit deployments at the time, but I could hear it being made.
Nov
19
comment What is the first example of a Western government passing a sin tax?
I don't think its unreasonable to count the Whiskey tax, as the "moral" character of the thing being taxed was a large part of why it was a politically palatable tax in the first place.
Nov
19
comment What was the average height in Classical Greece?
For us backward USAians, that's about 5'4 for men and 5'0 for women.
Nov
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revised Nomination of candidates in 1824 election
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comment Nomination of candidates in 1824 election
@Oldcat - Thanks for the comment. I looked into it, and that is in fact the case. It looks like SC never had a popular vote for POTUS before the war. They were unique in that respect only since 1832. Going back further before that, appointed electors become increasingly common. I'm removing the misleading note, and editing the answer to mention this.
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revised What major historical event opened the door to the passage of a homesteading bill?
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comment In a Nazi concentration, labor, or death camp, what was a “'sale' Appel”?
@knut - Yiddish is High (aka Southern) German itself, so the two are related.
Nov
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comment In a Nazi concentration, labor, or death camp, what was a “'sale' Appel”?
Agreeing with @Semaphore. It might be Yiddish. 2 or three sentences with it in context (or better yet, a link to the audio if its available online) would be hugely helpful.
Nov
13
comment Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
@rotard - You may want to reread things. I didn't touch the quote (and wouldn't, for roughly the reason you outline).
Nov
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comment What degree of choice did slaves have over their sexual autonomy?
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revised What degree of choice did slaves have over their sexual autonomy?
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comment How did Lincoln legitimize the constitutionality of his Emancipation Proclamation?
@LateralFractal - That's why I said "it has often been remarked". This is one of those situations where you have to pick your level of detail. Most folks think the EP freed all the (4 millionish) slaves. A more accurate view is that is was a positional announcement that didn't free any of them. An even more accurate view is that it probably freed somewhere in the 10's of thousands that happened to be somewhere both covered and under Union control. I dislike answers longer than 4 paragraphs or so, which is why I went at the level I did.
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comment Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
While its OK as a period quote, I don't think using "savages" in modern prose is appropriate. I'm not real satisfied with the euphamisim I picked to replace it with though ("less sophisticated forces"), so if someone has a better phrasing I'd like to see it.
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revised How did Lincoln legitimize the constitutionality of his Emancipation Proclamation?
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answered How did Lincoln legitimize the constitutionality of his Emancipation Proclamation?
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revised Is there any evidence of post-landbridge travel across the Bering Strait?
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