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Oct
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answered Do revisionist historiographies come closer to “unbiased truth”?
Oct
3
comment Voting enfranchisement in the USA in the 18th century
@MarkC.Wallace - Agreed. Even so, it ought to be possible to work out the answer to the question. Someone might have even done it already. Yes, you'd have to look at the voting rules each state had, but there were only 13 of them then. :-)
Oct
3
answered How does governance evolve?
Oct
3
comment Voting enfranchisement in the USA in the 18th century
The 1790 US census as near as I can tell had no specific accounting of who was a taxpayer and who wasn't. This actually makes more sense, as for Federal purposes the important information was how many residents each state had, broken out by slave and non-slave (slaves being accounted as 3/5 of a non-slave for purposes of Congressional representation and electoral votes). If a particular state chose to enfranchise people by taxpaying status, that would be that state's business, and accounting it that state's problem.
Oct
1
comment Why did Christianity disappear in North-Western Africa?
I take it you've never heard of The Coptic Church then?
Oct
1
comment What role did Jews play in the Punic Wars?
@eliyah - Do you have a source for all that? AFAIK, that is not the current canonical understanding of the origin of either of those peoples.
Oct
1
comment What can you tell about a society from its architecture?
Not sure how "history" it is (or answerable for that matter), but an interesting question. For example, I've noticed that there seems to be a certain unique style to old African-American churches. Sort of a very understated brick Gothic. Perhaps I'm reading way too much into it, but it almost looks like they are trying to simultaneously look inconspicuous and like a relatively sturdy place to hide out from a lynch mob.
Oct
1
comment What role did Jews play in the Punic Wars?
...while we don't have photos of course, its a pretty good bet both peoples looked very much like modern Arabs, as Arabic is I believe the closest-related modern language to both (its also Central Semitic).
Oct
1
comment What role did Jews play in the Punic Wars?
@eliyah - OK, well you have the first part right at least. Hebrews and Canaanites would probably have looked almost identical. But don't mix up biblical "Hamites" (essentially neighboring tribes who weren't quite Jewish), with "Hamitic Languages" (an obsolete classification of all the Semitic languages of Africa, thrown together for no good reason), or with "Hamitic People" (a term formerly used for sub-saharan African semites, who are darker-skinned because of where they live, but who are otherwise completely unrelated to the Niger-Congo and Nilo-Saharan people who used to be called "Negro")
Sep
30
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Sep
30
comment Has any generation generally agreed that the next generation was better?
@AlexanderWinn - But such things would just be anecdotal, they would not demonstrate "general agreement".
Sep
29
comment Connection between “lingua franca” and Frankish people
I actually investigated this question myself once. As I remember, its an interesting story.
Sep
29
comment Roman gladiator games
Have to agree with @MarkC.Wallace here. However, I also have to admit that the attempt to parry a request for backup links in an answer as an "offtopic request for sources" made me lol.
Sep
29
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Sep
29
revised Do Egyptian mummies contain DNA? If so, was it viable enough to analyzed it?
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Sep
29
answered Do Egyptian mummies contain DNA? If so, was it viable enough to analyzed it?
Sep
29
comment What are the causes of the 1773 Boston Tea Party?
There's a lot in this answer I'd take issue with, but the sentence that starts, "Unfortunately, historians tend to ignore British letters" is completely on target. Ignoring what was going on with the British side is a huge issue with most accounts of the American Revolution.
Sep
29
revised Where did Southern Fried Chicken come from?
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Sep
28
comment Has any generation generally agreed that the next generation was better?
I think this is perhaps one of those pseudo-questions that is really trying to make a point. For one thing, I doubt highly in anybody's ability to find an objective way to measure and answer this. (There could be polls on this. Hoping to be proved wrong here). OTOH, I'd personally readily say that about my kids' generation (Millennials vs. X'ers)
Sep
28
revised Were there a British 'Négritude' movement?
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