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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 was the nature and extent of forced or coerced sterilization in Puerto Rico from the 1940s-1970s?

During the period from the 1950s to the 1970s, if not earlier, female sterilization rates in Puerto Rico were extremely high (see e.g. "Voluntary Sterilization-A World View", Presser, ...
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Did a significant number of women drive in late 1950s/1960s USA?

During lockdown, I have become addicted to old 1950s/60s Perry Mason series. I am struck by the number of women, from all walks of life - waitresses to wealthy matrons - who owned and drove their own ...
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Did the "unexpectedness" of key events argue against a "third strike" at Pearl Harbor?

Japan's Admiral Nagumo has been criticized for not launching a "third strike" at Pearl Harbor, specifically to destroy the dry docks, fuel stores, repair facilities and other key ...
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Did legal interracial marriage hit a nadir that was above 50% in 1948?

Did legal interracial marriage hit a nadir that was above 50% in 1948? Explain XKCD for this comic, which is currently down so I'm using an archive... said: Since the establishment of the United ...
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Why was air support not provided during the Battle of Mogadishu, 1993 (Black Hawk Down)? [closed]

During the Battle of Magadishu (1993) multiple Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and a group of soldiers were pinned down under unexpected enemy resistance. Air support was provided by both MH-60 ...
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How did the Soviet Union support the development of their atomic bomb in 1949?

The Manhattan Project cost the United States a reported $2 billion. The Soviet Union managed to come up with an A-bomb four years later, even though their economy was about one third the size of ...
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Why Al Gore was given Nobel Peace Prize? [closed]

What are the crucial work over climate change, considering which the once vice president of the states, Albert Arnold Gore Jr. also known as Al Gore, was given Nobel Peace Prize 2007?
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Is there a source for excess death statistics in individual cities during the 1918 flu pandemic?

Is there a reliable source for excess deaths in US cities/counties/states around the time of the 1918 flu pandemic? I was able to find one datasource for Arizona and one for NYC but nothing specific ...
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Was there a town called Munich in Jackson County, Tennessee?

According to a patent called Eye-protector for chickens, it was patented by Andrew Jackson, Jr., a citizen of the United States, residing in Munich, in the county of Jackson, State of Tennessee. To ...
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Which 1848 German revolutionaries became key players in the US Republican party?

Gillian Brockell wrote in an article at the WP: In 1860, two major factors helped to propel Lincoln — a one-term congressman and country lawyer most known for losing a Senate campaign — to the ...
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Why was cannabis illegalized in the U.S.?

There seems to be a notion that cannabis was illegalized due to capitalism. I've read some theories as to how this happened, and one of them goes something like this: Commissioner of the National ...
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Was the tariff that Alexander Hamilton wanted to create (in his Financial Plan) ever put into action by Hamilton?

Hamilton's Financial plan had 3 parts: The U.S. government would pay all debts The U.S. government would create a national bank The U.S. government would impose a high tax on imported goods (tariff) ...
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Were ordinary people aware of the US Constitution when it all started?

I read somewhere long ago that even ordinary people knew the content of the US Constitution well enough when it was adopted. Many people, not only rich and well-educated, knew what it was about. Now I ...
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Why did Italian immigration to the US decrease from 1900s to 1920s?

Excluding the start of WWI and the later Immigration Act of 1924, what is the reason for this decrease especially from the Italian side. See ncdemography.org
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Why was the "first Monday in December" originally chosen as the default meeting date for Congress?

The original Constitution of the United States did not explicitly specify many dates, but one was the default date for which Congress was required to meet: The Congress shall assemble at least once ...
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Why did the Soviet Union out-pace the US during the space-race?

At the end of World War II, the US Government's Operation Paperclip plucked rocket scientists from Germany and brought them to the U.S. to work on military weapons. Most famous among these scientists ...
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How often were slaves raised by their parents in 19th century USA?

American slave owners wanted their slaves to have children, but they didn't always allow their slaves to marry, and often sold families piecemeal. About what percentage of slaves were raised by both ...
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How pervasive was the idea that we had reached "the end of history" in America during the ninties? [closed]

Sorry if this is ill-defined. I've heard that in the nineties, there was a pervasive idea in American society that were on the cusp of a liberal utopia, in which there would be no war between nations ...
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Why was the ship "Palmyra" so named?

On November 7, 1802, the american trading ship Palmyra, under Captain Cornelius Sawle, was shipwrecked on the reef, which took the vessel's name and now is known as Palmyra Atoll. Does anybody know ...
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When did US federal government's revenue exceed combined state and local revenue?

Approximately when did the US federal government's revenue become larger than state and local revenue? Even after the Constitution in 1787 the federal government's revenue was still much smaller than ...
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How far did Malcolm X get with taking the United States to the United Nations?

In Malcolm X's original The Ballot or the Bullet speech, delivered in Ohio on 3 Apr 1964, just after he left the Nation of Islam, he outlines his case for taking the civil rights movement to the ...
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Is there audio of Malcolm X's original The Ballot or the Bullet speech?

Malcolm X's famous Ballot or the Bullet speech - his first after leaving the Nation of Islam and "ranked 7th in the top 100 American speeches of the 20th century by 137 leading scholars of ...
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Can anyone identify this uniform? Is it from Sweden or USA?

I have 2 photos of my husband's grandfather Edwin Albin (1884-1962) that were taken in Minnesota in 1906. I’m hoping to find out more about the uniform Albin is wearing. Albin's father Claus August ...
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How confusing was British currency compared to decimal currency circa 1850?

This question quotes Terry Pratchett's claim: The British resisted decimalized currency for a long time because they thought it was too complicated. Is this a fair comparison with its inference that ...
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What did a train ticket cost on a 1940 Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe train?

I would like to find out the cost of a train ticket on the Santa Fe & Topeka railroad around 1940, from Alpine Texas to Santa Fe via El Paso.
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Why did Eisenhower iconize Robert E. Lee?

I recently discovered this clip of General Eisenhower: Eisenhower Explains About General Lee (1957) In it he claims "The 4 top Americans of history: Franklin, Washington, Lincoln and Lee" I ...
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Have any historical pandemics actually originated in the United States?

I've heard of a few pandemics, such as the Spanish Flu, the Cholera Outbreaks in the 19th century, and, of course, our current pandemic ;). Something that struck me as odd was that none of these ...
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Who was the VP during these Civil Rights milestones?

I came across a tweet today with this image and text, which looks very wrong to me: Putting Kamala Harris as VP into perspective.See the red box? Until then, she would have been enslaved.See the ...
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What are the figures in the "Goodbye Donald Trump" video [closed]

I am trying to classify the figures in this video From 0:00 to 0:12 - Statue of Liberty From 0:14 to 0:20 - Abraham Lincoln From 0:22 to 0:24 - ? From 0:25 to 0:33 - ? From 0:42 to 0:45 - ? From 0:47 ...
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How much did J. Robert Oppenheimer get paid while overseeing the Manhattan Project?

I am curious to determine how much J. Robert Oppenheimer got paid in today's dollars when he was the head of Los Alamos National Laboratory? Do we have any HR or accounting documents of the Los Alamos ...
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How many soldiers were present in DC for past presidents' inaugurations?

Recently it has been in the news that Biden's inauguration could feature more than 2,500, more than 5,000, more than 10,000, 20,000, 25,000, or even 30,000 national guardsmen in DC. It's hard to ...
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Did Lincoln ever publicly blame James Buchanan?

Background Several modern presidents have publicly blamed their predecessor for at least one issue that occurred during their presidency: Trump, Obama, and Reagan are some examples. I am unsure of how ...
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Is it reasonable to claim that peaceful transfers of power began, globally, in the United States? [closed]

One of my children's history textbooks claimed that Adams' peaceful concession to Jefferson following the US election in 1800 was the first peaceful transfer of power between rival executives in ...
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What is the history of the tradition of the out-going president attending the inauguration of his successor?

I understand that for a long time it has been customary that when a president of the United States is succeeded, he sits near the president-elect at the inauguration before the president-elect is ...
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Why does the US have many top-level web domains? [closed]

Why does the US have top-level domains like .gov, .mil and others, while other nations can only use second level domains for their government agencies? It might seem an easy question, but I think it ...
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Has Section 2 of the 14th amendment ever been enforced?

But when the right to vote at any election ... is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State ... the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of ...
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Can someone help identify this statue?

please if anyone can give any info on a statue my aunt found in her garden (elkton oregon)
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When was the last US letter of marque issued?

Article I of the United States Constitution lists "grant[ing] Letters of Marque and Reprisal" as an explicit power of the Congress. Are these still being issued? If not, when was the last ...
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What exactly is the US national anthem?

In 1931, a congressional resolution designated that "[t]he composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem." Unfortunately there isn't ...
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How did US defense spending split on weapons categories in ww2?

How much of production was devoted to tanks, planes, ships, ammunition etc.? Links to published papers are very welcome, as well as sources for the other powers in the war. I'm not interested in ...
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In the US, why did anti-authoritarian sentiment grow only in the 1960s?

In other words, why didn't anti-authoritarian sentiment grow after other controversies like the Civil War, or World War 1? Why so much later?       For decades, the rate of violent and property ...
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What was the original intent of US presidential power to pardon?

What is the original intention in granting the American president the power to pardon people for their crimes?
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Who was this US civil rights leader?

Back in my high school days (I'm 23 now) we learned about a lot of topics but the one that stood out to me was the period of heavy segregation, racism and important historical figures from that time ...
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What was the first documented mention of American English different from British English?

What was the first documented account (newspaper article or book) that points out American English emerging with its pronunciation, vocabulary and distinctly different from British English?
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Was there a US state where video games were banned by accident?

I remember reading about some US state that banned video games up until something like the mid-seventies, not intentionally, but as collateral damage of a vaguely worded law intending to ban slot ...
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MLK used "negro" several times in his "I have a dream"-address. Could white "liberals" at the time also use "negro" as a neutral word for blacks?

According to this transcription of Martin Luther King's I have a dream-address, he used negro 15 times in his speech, as a neutral word for black people. Did/could "leading", documented non-...
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Is it true that novel 1984 became famous under US propaganda? [closed]

I've heard from some one that novel 1984 was not a very excellent novel but under US propaganda and CIA's pressure it became famous. And also the opposite of this happened to novel Brave New World. ...
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What degree of relations did the different Hawaiian islands have between themselves before Kamehameha's unification?

I am trying to figure out if there were actual cultural, commercial and political links among the islands, and especially if there was an actual Hawaiian unified identity or this is constructed after ...
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What is the origin of Americans sometimes refering to the Second World War "the Good War"?

WWII has gone down in American popular memory as "the Good War" (later criticized by authors like Studs Terkel, etc.). But who coined this term? I don't mean the concept, which refers to the ...
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Can anyone tell me about this old portrait of George Washington?

I’ve searched online, and can’t seem to find this exact portrait of him. There are always differences in the ruffles, lips, nose, etc. Also, what type of print is this and roughly how old is it?

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