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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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Why might Benjamin Franklin have considered Germans (except Saxons), Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes "swarthy"?

Franklin (1751): the number of purely white people in the world is proportionably very small. All Africa is black or tawny. Asia chiefly tawny. America (exclusive of the new comers) wholly so. And in ...
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Has any US Presidential nominee/presumptive nominee from a major party, apart from Johnson, withdrawn from the race mid-campaign?

After the recent US Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, the news has been flooded by statements from numerous sources saying essentially this, namely that Biden's performance was ...
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How did they build tall and heavy stone buildings in the 19th century? [closed]

Lately, I've been watching these videos about how a lot of buildings allegedly built in the mid-to-late 19th century (1800s) look extremely old even on the photos taken when they were supposedly just ...
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What happened with "the first salute" of the Dutch to the flag of the United States?

In this answer to a related question "the first salute" of the Dutch to the United States (Continental) flag is brought up as well as this source on it https://www.john-adams.nl/the-first-...
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Was Croatia the first country to recognize the sovereignity of the USA? Was Croatia expecting military help from USA that didn't come?

I remember being taught both in the middle school and in high school that Croatia, then with the capital in Dubrovnik and called Ragusan Republic, was the first (or at least one of the first) country ...
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What federal statutes defined aliens (in)eligibility to US citizenship in 1913?

According to a recent news report, a Florida law that went into effect about a year ago bars Chinese citizens that are not permanent residents of the United States from acquiring real estate in the ...
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What was the Nuclear Boy Scout's Eagle Scout Project?

My kids recently came across the story of David Hahn, the young man who tried to build a nuclear reactor in his parents' backyard shed when he was 17, causing the EPA to designate the shed a Superfund ...
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How can I obtain a record of my fathers' medals from WW2?

My father was a Private First Class in the HQ BTRY 793rd Field Artillery Battalion of the US Army. His military occupation was Salvage Technician 194 and was inducted in January 1943. Where can I find ...
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Did John Quincy Adams purge Freemasons from roles in government?

Bell 2024 ch. 7 claims that: The Skull and Bones Society also known as The Order of Death was founded at Yale University in 1832. The founding of this elite secret society came as a result of ...
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Did the Pacific Rail Acts of 1862 create lines to nowhere?

This Video by 'ReasonTV' claims that the Pacific Rail Acts of 1862 subsidized railway construction based on distance, therefore causing rail lines to be unnecessarily extended to gain federal ...
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Seeking confirmation and detailed contextualization of that the founding fathers of the US opposed direct democracy

I recently read a number of quotes from people like James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson which all espoused the view that direct democracy was basically historically proven to be a ...
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Did anyone in the US consider the early rapprochement with China as an opportunity to escalate the Vietnam War?

This answer explains why the USA didn't initially invade North Vietnam with ground forces: it was China's unambiguous red line for getting involved like they did in Korea. However, that was 1965. ...
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Was it really illegal to trade gypsum from Canada to the United States in 1820? Why?

Quoting from Wikipedia: Windsor developed its gypsum deposits, usually selling it to American markets at Passamaquoddy Bay. Often this trade was illegal. In 1820 an effort to stop this smuggling ...
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Why were medium bombers so low in numbers in Allied air forces?

The medium bombers of WWII are numerous. We could mention for the Americans the B-18, B-23, B-10 to which could be added the famous B-25 Mitchell and B-26 Marauder. In the British air force, they were ...
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When was Joseph Alsop article 'Another Hitler-Time?' published in the Washington Post?

When was Joseph Alsop article 'Another Hitler-Time?' first published in the Washington Post? The Washington Post archives doesn't seem to contain this article. This article contains, the supposed, ...
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What was this television history series?

Back in the 80's or 90's I used to watch a history show on TV. It may have been a BBC series but it definitely had a British host. He'd normally start off talking about one thing in history, like the ...
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How much wealth did the US "earn" from Philippines during its occupation as a colony?

I recently came across this article - ‘There’s No Other Job’: The Colonial Roots of Philippine Poverty which highlights that: Decades after independence, the Philippines lacks the kind of factory ...
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What proposals have been made to amend the U.S. Constitution to make it mention God?

Many State constitutions in the United States mention God: But the U.S. Constitution does not.* What proposals have been made (say in the 19th century) to amend the U.S. Constitution to make it ...
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U.S. motto change from "E Pluribus Unum" to "In God We Trust"

Latin for Dummies p. 310 says: As a result of the Communist scare of the 1950s, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the U.S. Congress changed the U.S. motto to In God We Trust. But before the ...
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Why is John Paul Jones “highly regarded as one of the greatest naval commanders in the history of the United States?”

Yesterday’s Final Jeopardy! concerned John Paul Jones. I will confess that I’d never heard of Jones before, so I went to Wikipedia to read about his life and work. At the top, the article describes ...
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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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