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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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Were any U.S. founding fathers present at the storming of the Bastille?

Were any U.S. founding fathers present at the storming of the Bastille? I heard that Thomas Paine was "cheering on" the French Revolution.
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What's the source of John Adams's quote against the two-party system?

Drutman, Lee. “America Is Now the Divided Republic the Framers Feared.” The Atlantic, January 2, 2020. claims John Adams said a division of the republic into two great parties … is to be dreaded as ...
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What is the history of "one nation under God"?

What is the history of the United States motto "one nation under God"? I saw it claimed in § "History of the 🇺🇸" of Campbell Phillip. 2019. The Story of Civilization : Vol. 4 - ...
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When/where did men with families get less "disposable"? [closed]

Herodotus tells us that when Leonidas selected three hundred Spartans to face the Persian army he chose "all fathers of families, who had left sons at home to succeed them". My ...
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How widely known was Wernher von Braun's past as a Nazi while he was in NASA?

Early in the alternative history fiction TV show For All Mankind, the fact that von Braun knew about the slave labor used in the factories which built his rockets came as a shock to people working ...
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Why did the U.S. Bill of Rights end up without a protection against monopolies?

In a letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, discussing the recently-enacted Constitution, wrote of many things he liked about it, then added, I will now add what I do not like. First the omission ...
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What is this seal that looks like a bell?

The box on the top left of this picture is stamped with a seal that resembles a bell. Below is LOC photo of the replica of Oswald's gun. The stamp is located in the top left. LOC notes on the photo ...
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Are there any first-person subjective reports from individuals exposed to Agent BZ?

Agent BZ is a chemical weapon explored by the US military which induces overwhelming hallucinogenic states. While there's a fair amount of data on the history of this subjects and the rough ...
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Are there private schools founded in the South, founded between 1954 and 1976, that are not regarded as segregation academies?

The concept a segregation academy is interesting to me because it imputes a motive to people's actions that (at least in some cases) they do not themselves admit. For instance, this 2002 newspaper ...
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What was the expected survival time for a person infected with syphillis in the 1930s?

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study had the following survival rates for the participants as of: In the study, investigators enrolled a total of 600 impoverished African-American sharecroppers from Macon ...
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How did PHS researchers prevent Tuskegee experiment participants from obtaining treatment on their own?

According to the Wikipedia article: During World War II, 256 of the infected subjects registered for the draft and were consequently diagnosed as having syphilis at military induction centers and ...
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Have there been situations in US history or other countries, where a 2 person election will elect A, but by adding a third person, B is elected? [closed]

Has it ever occurred in US history or in other countries, where: Person A and Person B both are Presidential candidates. Say, 60% of people are pro Person A, and 40% are pro Person B Now, a third ...
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Did Steamboat Willie use this black and white poster for its theatrical release in 1928?

This black and white theatrical poster of Steamboat Willie is available on wikipedia, which claims it was used in the 1928 release. But I can't find a reliable source that it's real. The source is ...
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Was there really an attempted repeal of English common law in Kentucky?

A couple of decades ago I read an allegation in a book that seemed generally not reliable, and whose title I don't remember, and I wonder whether it can be corroborated. "Everybody knows" (...
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How did the US Thanksgiving holiday become associated with the Plymouth harvest festival of 1621?

Proclamations of the Thanksgiving holiday by, e.g., Presidents Washington and Lincoln made no mention of the Plymouth colony. When and how did the Plymouth harvest festival of 1621 become a canonical (...
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How was the size of the stars on the American flag decided?

Here's what I know so far: Until 1912, there was no precise definition of the American flag, with the layout of the stars and exact dimensions of the components not officially defined. This changed ...
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Where is Sacagawea buried? [closed]

Do we have a definitive answer as to where Sacagawea (more here) is buried? I followed the entire Lewis and Clark trail between 2003-2006 and was in no fewer than three or four towns/sites where she ...
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How many times have the results of the US presidential election been officially challenged?

Most elections have a process to challenge the results of the election, to request a recount or to identify irregularities in the election process. How often have the results of the US Presidential ...
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What is this kind of supply package called?

81 hundred pounds of ammunition, or other supplies. The landing craft contains a package which the narrator describes as '81 hundred pounds of ammunition'. What is this kind of package called? It ...
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What American military strategist is Yves de Gaulle referring to?

In this visit of Charles de Gaulle's personal library, his grandson Yves de Gaulle mentions his was surprised not to have found books from US military strategists, including "Maran"(?). Who ...
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What is the source of the cartoon against the US war in Vietnam ending with "I just get killed"?

There was an antiwar cartoon that showed a sequence of persons from the United States, each with words suggesting they had little or no responsibility for the war, e.g. "I just do the ...
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Is Edwin M. Stanton related to Elizabeth Cady Stanton?

After reading part of an American history book over the weekend, I have a frankly dumb question. Is suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton related at all to Reconstruction-Era Secretary of War Edwin M. ...
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Has the US Congress ever met outdoors?

Has either house of the United States Congress ever met to do official business outdoors? I tried searching for "Has Congress ever met outdoors?", "Has the House of Representatives ever ...
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How did the Cold War contribute to the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act?

I understand from Dudziak's "Cold War Civil Rights" that Soviet criticism of the US's civil rights record influenced the passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act. However, I was wondering if there ...
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Has there ever been an investigation into Alcatraz Penitentiary building quality?

Reading about Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary I realised that it had a short service life. Built in 1910–12 and closed in 1963. The most common explanation states that the the high salinity caused by ...
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Was there ever an attempt to give Native Americans their own country?

Thinking about the Native Americans, and the devastation they suffered, has there ever been an attempt to allow them to form their own country, giving them any part of the USA's land? Would their ...
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In the Spanish-American War (1898), who formally declared war first?

In particular, did Spain formally declare war on the US first? Britannica (without sources): April 24, 1898 Spain declares war on the United States. April 25, 1898 The United States declares war ...
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Is there any evidence that the black community was anticipating election-related violence in the lead up to the Ocoee Race Massacre?

PART I: THE OCOEE MASSACRE The "Ocoee Massacre", was an incident of race-related violence directed at the black community in Ocoee, Florida on 2 November 1920. I'll briefly summarize the ...
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Did enslaved persons take their owner's surnames?

My last name is Stokes. And I've noticed that there is a large amount of African Americans that have the same last name. Years ago I watched a documentary that mentioned that usually slaves would take ...
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How was "three fifths" decided on?

I understand the reasons behind the Three-fifths Compromise, but I don't know how that particular fraction was chosen. Why did the US Constitution have a Three-fifths compromise, rather than a One-...
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During segregation and Jim Crow laws in the US what happened if a person was allowed to use white facilities but other users objected? [closed]

In Nazi Germany everything was formal and on paper, whatever you looked even if you were in yermulke, if you had a paper allowing you to go somewhere and do something, no-one could object. But what ...
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What events or situations of WW1 led to a Nazi fascination with Anglo-Saxon powers?

In the book Hitler, a world biography of Brendan Simms, it is said that Hitler and Nazi leaders were fascinated by the "power of the anglo-saxon countries". It is also mentionned that this ...
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Why did US federal tax revenue jump in 1815?

(Source) The above chart of US federal tax revenue as a share of GDP shows four distinct jumps: 1941-1945 (World War II) 1917-1920 (World War I) 1862-1865 (American Civil War) 1815 (the year after ...
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How difficult was it to spoof the sender of a telegram in 1890-1920's in USA?

For my current genealogical research, I'm interested in how telegrams were sent inside the USA, in the 1890's through 1920's. I do not have copies of any actual telegrams that were sent or received; ...
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How did Admiral King survive his early mistakes in World War II?

In all fairness, Admiral Ernest J. King made important contributions to World War II as the U.S. naval Commander in Chief, most notably in the Pacific theater. He had a number of major weaknesses, ...
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Were U.S. ships attacked in Tokyo Bay?

I remember my father, who was there, telling me that around the time of the Japanese surrender at the close of WW2 there were night-time attacks by anti-surrender imperialists on several U.S. ships in ...
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When did McFaul & Sechin first meet?

According to David Remnick, In 1991, McFaul was in St. Petersburg, trying to organize a seminar on local government. He found himself doing business with a man from the mayor’s office named Igor ...
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Who was the model for Trutat's famous painting Nude Girl on a Panther Skin?

I have actually got as far as a surname with this one: Tussa. But, if possible, I would like to get a forename and a date of birth to go with it. Félix Trutat painted his famous Nude Girl on a ...
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What was the process used to decide on the name of the US capital, Washington DC?

I'm interested in learning about the history behind the naming of the United States capital, Washington DC. Why was it named after George Washington, and who made the decision to name it after him? ...
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How can I find my father’s regiment number on his honorable discharge papers?

I’m trying to understand my dad’s army discharge papers (WD AGO form 53-55). How do I know what regiment he served in? Some people think he may have served under Patton because the places he went ...
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Did the famous abolitionist Elihu Embree own slaves at the time of his death?

I was reading the first edition of The Emancipator, found here: "THE EMANCIPATOR." Emancipator, 30 Apr. 1820, p. 1. Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive link.gale.com/apps/doc/...
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Is there any (other) record of white people being sold into slavery in America?

Awhile back I asked a question about a book The Boy John: Story of a White Slave written in 1897. The book tells the story of a white boy who was sold into slavery. His master made him stay outside ...
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Has old masonry been found with the bodies of slaves inside?

I was just reading the first edition of the The Emancipator on Gale's Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Database. One way to get access is through a Houston Public Library E-Card, which are ...
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Why does the M61 Vulcan have a flash suppressor?

In most pictures of an M61 Vulcan, you can see a flash suppressor (clearly not a muzzle brake, which could've made some sense to me). Knowing that these were mostly used on US military fixed-wing ...
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In the US Army in WWII how long did it typically take for a promotion from private to PFC?

In early 1943 how long might it take for an US Army inductee to be promoted from private to PFC? What were the requirements?
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Where can I find a comprehensive collection of all American Founding Fathers' writings?

I was taught in school that the Founding Fathers of America were very prolific and that they produced many documents during their time, including books, pamphlets, magazines, letters, diaries, etc. ...
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Was Ford the only person who became a US president without winning an election?

I have a question about the 38th US president Gerald Rudolph Ford. Ford is the only person to become U.S. president without winning an election for president or vice president. link I told my father ...
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Did the drapes in old theatres actually say "ASBESTOS" on them?

In many old cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s, whenever there is a theatre scene or similar, and the curtains come down, they literally say "ASBESTOS" on them. Was this based on real life? ...
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What was the logic behind state censuses?

Conducting genealogy research, I always liked when my targets were in times and places where they have state censuses to back up the federal census. Frequently, the state census is conducted in years ...
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Which institutions are known to have been involved in Project MK-Ultra?

Apparently, during the MKUltra project (the CIA's notorious research project into poisons, intoxicating drugs, drug-assisted interrogation and whether mind control was really possible, involving a lot ...
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