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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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Who is the Pentagon General nicknamed Darth Vader referred to by Arthur C Clarke?

In an introductory blurb to his story "The Golden Seas" in "The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke", p.935, Arthur C. Clarke writes This was my first response to President ...
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Did Harry Dexter White obstruct a proposed $200 million loan to Nationalist China in 1943 as a U.S. Treasury department official?

Another example of White acting as an agent of influence for the Soviet Union was his obstruction of a proposed $200 million loan to Nationalist China in 1943, which he had been officially instructed ...
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How risky are miscalculations made by the CIA in terms of presidential advice? [closed]

I read from a Newspaper about the U2-Spy plane incident of the 1960s where an American plane went for a high altitude reconaissance mission in the USSR. This plane was very sophisticated that the CIA ...
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Why didn't Texas split Into 5 before the Civil War? [closed]

I've seen in some videos that Texas has the right to split into 5 smaller states. If this is the case, and they didn't need congressional approval, why did they not split before the civil war? First, ...
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In the US Constitution, did the Three-Fifths Compromise apply to Native Americans?

In the U.S. Constitution, the Three-Fifths Compromise is part of Article 1, Section 2, clause 3. It says: Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be ...
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During the Indian removal were native Americans fed rotten food and taken through diseased areas?

In 1993 Stannard wrote a book called American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World. In it, Stannard mentions (page 124) the Indian marches where they ...
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Why did three states delay ratification of US fifth amendment?

Massachusetts, Georgia, and Connecticut were states in 1791 when the constitution and bill of rights became law.  But they did not officially consent until 1939. It seems from USConstitution.net that ...
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Has the USA ever sanctioned Israel? [closed]

The USA has always been a strong supporter of Israel. In comparison, USA has repeatedly sanctioned Iran. When searching if USA has ever sanctioned Israel, didn't find anything. Has USA ever sanction ...
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Could the "Taffy" Groups have been reinforced by air during the battle of Leyte Gulf?

During the Battle for Leyte Gulf, most elements of the American fleet fought two "side" groups of the Japanese fleet to the south and north of the main action, which would take place off ...
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Is there anything to back up Mearsheimer's claims that Roosevelt pushed the Japanese to attack the United States and tried to get the US into WW2?

In this video at 1:20:05 (and a little bit of the part preceding it), Mearsheimer claims that Roosevelt "was deeply committed" to get the United States into the second world war and "...
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How long was the lung cancer knowledge gap between big tobacco and publically available information?

How long can a huge, deadly secret be kept? According to this paper, evidence was accumulating from lung-cancer studies in the 1940's-1950's, but in 1960 only 1/3 of doctors knew. The official warning ...
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Has a US President's family member ever been indicted or arrested during or after the Presidential term?

No United States president has ever been indicted or charged with a crime during or after their presidency. (According to my search / this Quora post) Has a president's family member ever been ...
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Which part of Japanese air forces fought in Burma and how much was destroyed?

My current understanding of WW2 involving Japan is that US forces destroyed the brunt of Japanese air and naval forces in the Pacific. I know however that land battles occurred on large scale in Burma ...
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What led the U.S. to standardize option contracts to 100 shares per lot?

I want to ask a question about the standardization of options to a lot size of 100 shares per options contract. I was reading the following article which mentions the standardization of options in ...
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What time of day was the White House burned in August of 1814?

I am working on a project for the War of 1812 and for one of the illustrations I am drawing the White House as it is burning down. I am trying to make sure everything is historically accurate such as ...
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Was the Reagan administration particularly known for studies?

In the book "Oil Money - Middle East Petrodollars and the Transformation of US Empire, 1967 - 1988" by David M. Wight which covers the US policy and decisions dealing with world events ...
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During Iranian Hostage Crisis, were shredded documents reassembled by children?

The movie Argo(2012) is a historical thriller detailing a CIA rescue mission during the Iran Hostage Crisis. The movie depicts Iranian intelligence attempting to re-assemble shredded documents from ...
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How was immigration from Latin America handled before the passage of the Immigration & Nationality act of 1965?

I know that in the United States, before the passage of the Immigration & Nationality act of 1965, immigration was controlled by the Immigration Act of 1924. It limited the number of immigrants ...
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Why did Filipinos form the guards of the Ever victorious Army?

The Ever Victorious Army was formed under the Chinese imperial Authority and the commercial counters in Shanghai. It was formed by Frederick Ward, an American. During a time (I could not identify the ...
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Have sanctions ever stopped a nation from starting or continuing a war?

I am asking about nations that would be considered “Great Powers”. It is my understanding that the U.S. oil embargo on Imperial Japan did nothing to stop Japan’s war in China and actually caused them ...
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Were hippies in the USA "refused ambulance service" for some reason?

In one episode of The Simpsons, Homer buys an old ambulance from the 1960s (I think). This is very vague in my memory, but at some point, somebody says something along the lines of: Many hippies were ...
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What did the US state department do in the Chinese Civil War from 1945–1949?

James J. Drummey writes in The Real McCarthy Record: It was also during the mid-to-late Forties that communist sympathizers in the State Department played a key role in the subjugation of mainland ...
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How widespread was hunger and starvation during The Great Depression? [duplicate]

There has been some discussion over how many people have died of starvation during The Great Depression, with the common consensus being that direct starvation killed very few, but the symptoms of ...
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Was FDR right that a garden hose was really $15 in 1940 (c.a. $300 today)?

As FDR stated in a White House Press conference on December 17, 1940: "What I am trying to do is eliminate the dollar sign. All right! Well let me give you an illustration: Suppose my neighbor's ...
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What would a criminal defense attorney charge in late 19th century America?

What would a criminal defense attorney charge on the American frontier in a murder trial in 1885? I am specifcally interested in what it would have cost three cowpokes to mount a murder defence in ...
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How colonialism have been done right (benevolently)? [closed]

The British Empire (& Europeans, Arabs etc.) colonised many countries but the colonial experience, advertised as a "westernizing the backward people for their own good" masked the ...
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Besides NY, which other US states, if any, mandate the appointment of public historians?

As per the website of The Association of Public Historians of New York State : The Association of Public Historians of New York State is a 501(c)3 non-profit professional organization that represents ...
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What did MLK, Jr. mean by "Mayor Loeb is in dire need of a doctor"?

In his famous 1968 "I've been to the mountaintop" speech in support of the striking Memphis Sanitation Workers, Martin Luther King, Jr. made a reference to then-mayor Henry Loeb: You know ...
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How did Martin Luther King Jr. Day become a day of service?

Martin Luther King day was officially declared a national day of service by the King Holiday and Service Act of 1994. But I have been able to find no discussion on the internet of how the idea ...
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Was there a well-known controversy about homosexuality in the U.S. State Department in the late 1960's?

In 1969, a film called Don't Drink the Water was released. It was based on a play by Woody Allen, and Woody remade it in 1994. In the 1969 version, an American family called the Hollanders is touring ...
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What did Nathan Forrest do on September 19 1863?

I am currently reading a book on bad military leaders in history, and this one chapter concerns a man named Nathan Forrest. I only have very basic knowledge on the US Civil War, so I have trouble ...
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What did the CIA think about the partition of Pakistan in 1971?

According to the defected KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov, the KGB trained the Awami League and the Mukti Bahini and helped them organize a civil war in 1971 to split Pakistan. He also said that the CIA knew ...
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What flag are the men in these photos flying?

The below pictures show US Army troops in 1945, having captured the city of Nuremberg. I was curious about the flags they are waving, though - they don't seem to match up with any of the recorded ...
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Who said this quote about assimilation?

I remember when I was in school, a teacher told us about a famous quote in American History, something along the lines of : "In the 20th century, the negro will be integrated and not assimilated&...
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What did US presidential ballots look like when unpledged electors were offered?

Unpledged presidential electors have run in at least four US presidential elections. In 1960, 14 were elected. In this age, where the electoral college is almost a mere formality and we rarely think ...
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Was United Fruit Company connected to the Rockefeller family?

Was United Fruit Company connected to or controlled by the Rockefeller family? Wikipedia says: The directors of United Fruit Company (UFCO) had lobbied to convince the Truman and Eisenhower ...
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What were the promises offered by the US to Romania at the end of WWII and why were they broken?

As a Romanian I know from interviews, articles, testimonies, that many Romanians expected at the end of World War II (starting with 1944 and the following years, when the character of the Soviet ...
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In late-18th and 19th century America, how common were lawyers in criminal trials?

Before a slew of cases in the 20th century (Powell v. Alabama, Johnson v. Zerbst, Gideon v. Wainwright), there was no right to a public defendant in criminal trials. How often were defendants able to ...
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Did Robert F. Kennedy call Police Review boards a "sinister movement against law enforcement" in the 1960's?

Background On multiple Fraternal Order of Police websites, they state that Robert F. Kennedy was opposed to Police Review boards and called them a "sinister movement against law enforcement" ...
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What should I read to understand the New Deal coalition?

I'm interested in learning about the history and the structure of the New Deal coalition formed during the 30s up until its end in the 60s from an academic perspective, particularly with regards to ...
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What percentage of US households had electricity and telephones in 1940?

I'm trying to find a published source giving the percent of U.S. households having electricity and percent having telephones in 1940 (+/- a year or two). Not interested in the rural vs city divide per ...
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Did the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo intend for Mexicans to live in the USA but under Mexican law? [closed]

The text of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo seem to have allowed Mexicans living in California and New Mexico to make some choices: (1) leave or stay and (2) become a US citizen or remain a Mexican ...
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What is the correct English terminology to refer to New Mexico and Texas under Spain, then Mexico?

I am finding a strange inconsistency in sources between those about New Mexico's history and those about Texas. As I know, New Mexico and Texas both started as parts of New Spain, under Spanish rule, ...
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How did economic composition change during the world wars?

I'm trying to understand how economic composition changed during the world wars in various countries. One route would be following the expenditure approach to gdp accounting, but in more detail. For ...
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Were there hippies in the USA in 1930?

I was wondering if there were hippies or a group with similar worldviews, around 1930 in Chicago or in general in the USA. I would also be interested in their worldview / philosophy. Are they ...
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Were there duststorms in Louisiana in the 1930's?

I am researching the dust-bowl era of the US, and am wondering if the dust-bowl impacted Louisiana. I know it was mostly in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico etc. But I am wondering if it is plausible for a ...
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What did anti-Greek stereotyping look like in the United States in the early 20th century?

I am writing a story that is set in the 1920s. Several of the characters in the story are either immigrants from southern or eastern Europe (e.g., Greece, Italy) or their children, and I'm trying to ...
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Which state capital did the Apollo 11 command module NOT visit after it returned from the moon?

According to Wikipedia, after Apollo 11 returned from the Moon: The command module Columbia went on a tour of the United States, visiting 49 state capitals, the District of Columbia, and Anchorage, ...
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What was the reasoning behind the Washington Committee's complaint to the Liquor Tax during the Whiskey Rebellion?

The tax was on distilled liquor and the first ever levied by the United States on a domestic product. The town of Washington, Pennsylvania, held a meeting concerning this tax and they adopted a ...
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Can anyone identify this 19th century US military uniform?

I found this among our family photos and am trying to figure out who it might be.
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