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The United States of America is a sovereign state stretching across North America between Canada and Mexico, Alaska in the continent's northwest, the mid-Pacific archipelago of Hawaii and several territories in the Pacific & Caribbean. Founded by European émigrés rebelling from British control in the 1700s, the US spread across the continent by conquest and land-purchase to become the most powerful country on the planet after the Cold War in the 1900s.

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What proportion of US government revenue came from taxes on land, slaves, banks, and luxuries, for various periods between 1790 and 1846?

What proportion of US government revenue came from taxes on land, slaves, banks, and luxuries, for various periods between 1790 and 1846? Feel free to define luxuries however you want. I am ...
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To what extent was the US government financed by land expropriations between 1790 and 1846? [duplicate]

What proportion of US government revenue came from land expropriations, for various periods between 1790 and 1846, including expropriations by sub-federal government units or vigilantes or whatever? ...
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How can I evaluate the relative fiscal burden on different groups in the US, for various periods between 1790 and 1846?

What are some good ways to evaluate the relative burden of government finance on different groups in the US, for various periods between 1790 and 1846? I'm especially interested in state and local ...
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Was government-linked enterprises a significant source of revenue for the United States between 1790 and 1846?

What proportion of US government revenue came from profits or debt issuance of government-linked enterprises, for various periods between 1790 and 1846? I'm thinking of things like canals or maybe ...
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What proportion of US government revenue came from non-tax-seeming sources, for various periods between 1790 and 1846?

What proportion of US government revenue came from things that don't seem like taxes, for various periods between 1790 and 1846? I'm thinking of things like land sales/fines/fees, and especially at ...
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What proportion of US government revenue was federal/state/local/other, for various periods between 1790 and 1846? [closed]

What proportion of US government revenue was federal/state/local/other, for various periods between 1790 and 1846? I'm interested in both tax and non-tax sources. I'm not sure that money from debt ...
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What were the sources of US government revenue from 1790 to 1846? [closed]

I am interested in the relative size of different sources of government revenue for the United States government between 1790 and 1845, especially during peacetime, including non-federal. Not ...
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Why did Al Smith win six “Dixiecrat” states, and very little else?

Al Smith was the governor of New York who ran for President against Herbert Hoover in 1928. A factor in the race was that he was also the first Catholic to run on a major party ticket (John F. Kennedy ...
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How have other countries historically viewed American Fundamentalist Christianity? [closed]

I was going to put non-Christian countries but it is my understanding that fundamentalist/evangelical Christianity is overwhelmingly an American phenomenon. I am especially interested in how other ...
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Did “errand boys” really have to wear handcuffs attached to the briefcase?

In a Donald Duck comic published in 1994 (possibly conceived up to a few years prior, and possibly "set" in the 1950s), Donald Duck is forced to become an errand boy. The boss gives him a ...
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If Native Americans didn't own land, how could they plant corn? [closed]

Every child in America learns that Native Americans did not own land. Every child in America also learns that, when the Pilgrims arrived in America, the natives taught them how to plant corn. If the ...
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Why does the Canadian Air Force name its ranks like its Army, whilst the Australian and New Zealand Air Forces use the Royal Air Force's?

Like the US's, the Canadian Air Force's ranks are named identically to its Army's. But Australia's and New Zealand's rank names follow the RAF's. Why?
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When did the concept of compassion for the handicapped become commonly accepted in the USA?

From reading of 19th century literature and history -- for example, I read that it was believed by people in the time of the "Elephant Man" that deformities were caused by bad deeds of ...
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What was this weapon (or its mechanism), that Iraq was accused of having in the 1990's, called?

Back in the 1990's Iraq was accused of having a missile-based weapon system that could deliver a mist of toxic gas over a large area through a two-phase explosion. In the scenario that was painted in ...
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What is this symbol in a financial record from Wisconsin, USA, in 1860?

I am trying to read some records about wages in Wisconsin in 1860 (the data is from the Social Statistics schedules of the Decennial Census). I cannot read the record from Milton, Rock County, ...
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Why was 'France' excluded from Henry Lane Wilson's clique during the Mexican Revolution?

The book by Friedrich Katz, The secret war in Mexico, mentions that the USA minister Henry Lane Wilson organized in part the overthrow of president Madero during the first phase of the Mexican ...
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Did some African-Americans in the 90s really shoot up movie screens per Chris Rock's infamous rant? If so, how commonplace was this?

Comedian Chris Rock's infamous rant about the differences between different sections of the African-American population from his 1996 "Bring the Pain" performance has become an iconic moment ...
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Why did Teddy Roosevelt have his second wedding in London? [closed]

Theodore Roosevelt married Edith Carow in 1886 at St George's, Hanover Square, London Both of them were New Yorkers being raised at Union Square. At the time of his marriage he was just reentering NY ...
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Why did the Soviet Union take the risk of deploying missiles to Cuba, which precipitated the Cuban Missile Crisis? [closed]

During the Cuban Missile Crisis both sides risked further escalation into a WW3. However, under MAD, Wikipedia says: By the time of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, both the United States and the ...
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What were common crew ranks on US Navy flying boats and bombers?

historians! I asked this question over on the Aviation SE, but was also suggested to ask here. Below is a copy of my question from over there. I have been trying to figure this out for some time, but ...
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Why did the US Navy and Marine Corps use satanic symbolism in WW2?

When you look at certain names and symbols used by the U.S. Navy (USN) and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) during WW2, you could see they are heavily loaded with satanic symbols. You have the F6F Hellcat ...
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When did the White House get its current address?

Thanks to Wikipedia's "On this day" feature, I’ve just seen this painting of the White House after it was burned by the British forces in 1812: The background appears to be farmland, but ...
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Why did the USA stop expanding westwards into East Asia?

Why did the USA stop expanding westwards into East Asia? The USA initially started on the east coast of North America, and gradually expanded westwards to reach the Pacific Ocean through a combination ...
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Why was Reagan sworn in twice for his second term?

I was looking at Wikipedia's article on Justice Potter Stewart and was surprised to read: On January 20 and 21, 1985, Stewart administered the oath of office for Vice President George H. W. Bush. (...
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Has any U.S. Vice President cast a tie-breaking vote against their own administration?

The US Constitution says the Vice President of the United States may only vote in the Senate to break a tie. The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have ...
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What did a 19th century New Orleans Yellow Fever immunity passport look like?

In response to proposals for a so-called "immunity passport" system to be developed so that people who have recovered from COVID-19 can return to life as usual (without being subject to ...
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What's the difference between Country Born and Mulatto people in the 18th century New England?

I have a history assignment and it's asking me to provide context of the table already provided that contains "background characteristics of New England Runaways." To be specific, it states ...
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When was the last time the US had the highest GDP per capita?

I never associated the United States with the label of the richest country in the world so it greatly surprised me that according to some estimates there was a time when the U.S. had the highest ...
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Does the expansion of the U.S federal government after 1865 support the argument that U.S civil war itself was about states' rights? [closed]

Some people appeal to the fact that the U.S government expanded its bureaucracy after 1865 to support the argument that states' rights were the leading cause of the U.S Civil War. For example, you ...
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To what extent is the flora and fauna on Guadalcanal edible?

At the battle of Guadalcanal,, the initial wave of 11,000 Americans were stranded with something like two weeks' worth of food (five days worth of "landed" rations, nine days worth of ...
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Why were the Marines so badly outnumbered at the critical point at Guadalcanal?

Prior to the battle of Guadalcanal,, the Americans had landed 11,000 men on the island in August, 1942. This compares to the 5,000 or so men that the Japanese had on the island by the first week of ...
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Did the people who jumped from the World Trade Center during 9/11 lose their life insurance policy due to committing suicide?

I know there is a contestability period in which the insurance company can deny a claim for suicide, and that it’s relatively short, but I’ve been wondering if anyone who jumped, was still in that ...
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How close did the US come to removing the Electoral College in 1970?

A NY Times opinion article mentioned a failed 1970 bill that would have introduced a potential constitutional amendment removing the electoral college. It had passed the House of Representatives, but ...
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When were confederate veterans barred from office and voting after the civil war?

The Wikipedia article on the Wilmington coup of 1898 has this: In 1868, North Carolina ratified the 14th Amendment, resulting in the recognition of Reconstruction, and in the state legislature and ...
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How were immigrant doctors and nurses sponsored in 1960/1970s?

Original Post I understand President Johnson passed Immigration Act of 1965. And there was shortage of Doctors and Nurses in the United States during 1960s, 1970s. People in countries such as India ...
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What do the numbers on this 1960s anti-integration sign mean?

I was reading a CNN article this morning that features the below image: Protests over integrating schools is not new. In 1965 members of a parents’ association picketed outside the Board of Education ...
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Did Nathan Bedford Forrest wear a wig or dye his hair?

I have seen pictures of Nathan Bedford Forrest with a dark beard and light hair on his head. Given that his head hair color does not match his beard color, did he wear a wig or dye his hair? I have ...
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Where in Pittsburgh did the 1883 Congress of the International Working Peoples' Association meet and write the Pittsburgh Proclamation?

Saw this question unanswered on Reddit. Avrich's The Haymarket Tragedy puts this congress (Oct. 14–16, 1883) in an evening reception in Allegheny City's Turner Hall the night before, but doesn't ...
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How dangerous was it to be a coast watcher during the Pacific War?

The movie, South Pacific featured two "coast watchers" as heroes, the American, Lt. Joseph Cable, and the Frenchman, Emil de Becque, who observed, and reported on Japanese naval movements. ...
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Did Wilson's 'He kept us out of war' really win the 1916 Presidential Election?

In the 1916 United States presidential election, President Woodrow Wilson defeated Charles Evans Hughes, the Republican candidate. Wilson ran on the slogan 'He kept us out of war'. From what I have ...
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How did mid-19th century American legislation affect the corporate structure of railroad companies?

It is my understanding that a part of the complexity that the Standard Oil Company built up was due to the nature of US corporate legislation (while, of course, the rest was that they wanted to hide ...
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Has US ever unpegged USD from another country?

I know countries can still buy USD on open forex market. But has US ever officially de-coupled USD with another country? Hong Kong’s dollar peg faces new scrutiny as security law looms | Financial ...
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Where from, and in what way, did the first detailed account of the use of self-propelled torpedoes reach the RN and USN?

Three possible candidates seem to exist for the first verified (non-participant) observation of a torpedo boat assault. The options are the Russo-Turkish War, at Caldera Bay, or at Weihaiwei, all of ...
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Can we meaningfully compare the poverty levels in the USSR to those in the USA at the same time and to those in the USA today? [closed]

I was told (by people who had lived there) that the USSR had homeless people but I would guess that the levels of homelessness were much lower and in general there were far fewer desperate people due ...
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Why did the USA suspend military aid to Pakistan in 1965? [closed]

Look at the following image (Image Source): There is an instant slump of military aid of the USA to Pakistan from 1966 onward. It seems like the USA suspended aid to Pakistan just after the 1965 Indo-...
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Was “Street” more common than the abbreviated “St.” in pre-1910 American newspapers?

As a hobby I like to research buildings and other structures around where I live, and part of that entails searching old newspaper archives. Generally this is in California. Since I am not looking at ...
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What is the origin of white mourning clothes in African-American culture?

I've noticed that in pictures from the funerals of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, a large number of attendees are wearing white. I've found a few resources online that suggest this is a ...
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Did Northern troops attempt to re-enslave African Americans in Southern plantations during the Civil War?

In Black Reconstruction in America, W.E.B. Du Bois argues that during the war, Northern troops - in this case under the command of Nathaniel P. Banks - sometimes tried to get enslaved people back to ...
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What was the fate of the planters and their plantations following the American Civil War?

I had a question about the fate of the Southern planter class following the American civil war. The question was sparked by W.E.B. Du Bois's Black Reconstruction in America. Du Bois argues that they ...
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Why is there a cutoff in population density running through the middle of the US? [duplicate]

There is this interesting line cutting across the US in terms of population density. It cuts through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. East is higher population density excluding some small ...

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