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revised The British and the French built the Suez Canal?
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comment Was there really a labor shortage in the USA until 1970?
@SamuelRussell - It was taken straight out of the linked website if you want to go investigate that. IIRC the US government used a different measure back then than any of the measures it uses today. I forget which U# it is closest to (not the U3 normally reported by the press). But just eyeballing the chart, you can see part is using a different "estimated" measure too. Probably its best to just take it as-is (a relative measure for the time shown, with a clear big jump), and not try to compare the absolute %'s to today's numbers.
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revised Is Taiwan always a part of People's Republic of China?
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revised Was there really a labor shortage in the USA until 1970?
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comment Was there really a labor shortage in the USA until 1970?
Actually, I'm very sympathetic with this answer. For unskilled labor, it is 100% correct. For labor in general...well, it depends on what exactly Mr. Wolff was talking about (which we still don't know).
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comment Was there really a labor shortage in the USA until 1970?
Well, I think there is probably a case to be made that in the antebellum period the US was operating on a kind of opportunity-rich "frontier" economy, and it isn't anymore. That's significantly more nuanced of an argument than saying there was a "labor shortage" that lasted a whole century though (and one that probably would need an economics stack to dive into properly). Labor, like any other market, can fluctuate wildly.
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answered Was there really a labor shortage in the USA until 1970?
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answered Is Taiwan always a part of People's Republic of China?
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comment Is eenie meenie miney mo about lynching?
Point of personal reference: I never heard the one using the N word until fairly recently. I grew up in Oklahoma in the 70's; a time and place where that word was er..in much more common use than today. My guess is that it is a local variant that is relatively (in)famous now due to how offensive it is today.
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answered Are Ashkenazi Jews decendants of Khazars? Was there a mass conversion of Khazars to Judaism?
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comment Shantyboat communities on the upper Mississippi River Valley
Well, there's a reason for (modest) rep restrictions on things like creating tags. If you think you have a good case for those tags, I'd suggest bringing it up in our meta.
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comment What happened to the princes in Tower of London?
Under torture, I suspect most of us here could be induced to confess to being advanced scouts for the Xinu invasion fleet. That doesn't mean a whole lot.
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comment Was it Bismarck who said: “He who is master of Bohemia is master of Europe”?
...or that someone else said it, and it was later attributed to Bismarck, as he was a more respected source. See history.stackexchange.com/questions/2726/…
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comment When did bombs actually look like this?
well, some of us are old enough that we are actually more familiar with this image from Mad Magazine's Spy vs. Spy
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revised Did the syphilis epidemic start the 16th and 17th century wig craze?
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comment Is there a possibility that the Islamic civilization visited America before Colombus?
I don't see any support whatsoever for the assertion made in the last paragraph. The map in question was made almost 20 years after Columbus, and the article you linked seems to assert that all the New World material came from Columbus' maps.
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