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Is the scarlet letter 'A' a real historical thing?

I've heard someone say something like: It's not a scarlet letter, it's not a mark on your forehead you keep for life. Obviously this was said in terms of permanency of a badge of shame, or ...
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What are some Chinese sources testifying the extreme weather events of 535-536 CE?

The Wikipedia page Extreme weather events of 535–536 lists under "Documentary evidence" that: Low temperatures, even snow during the summer (snow reportedly fell in August in China during the ...
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Good books for overview of world history? [on hold]

I suppose I would describe myself as someone who has only a casual interest in historical detail but I'm interested in understanding how different periods in history fit together. Specifically, I like ...
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Well poisoning: time frame until usable again? [on hold]

How long did it take for a well to be usable again after removing the carcass from it? Did it make the well unusable for years?
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Is this movie “History of the World: Every Year” credible?

I love history and one thing, which was showed to me recently in a university course, helped very much to arrange things in my mind. I'm talking about a video of the map world year by year - History ...
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Did Francis de Sales try to bribe Theodore Beza?

Source. The relevant quote. Money, all-powerful in this poor country, seemed to him so irresistible as an argument, that he went to Geneva to try and buy over old Theodore Beza, by offering him a ...
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What caused Thomas Paine to put such a high priority on independence of the Thirteen Colonies? [on hold]

He was raised in England and lived there for a long time. I know that he met with Benjamin Franklin in London, but what could Franklin possibly say to completely turn him against his homeland? I ...
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Question about Native Americans and their reputation [on hold]

I've read a few books by James Fenimore Cooper and have researched the first pilgrims of America and the pioneers that explored the continent. In my opinion, the savage reputation the natives received ...
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Was the Weimar Republic referred to as such by contemporaries?

Recently I've noticed the tendency to refer to certain areas which were historically under that administration as the Weimar Republic (e.g. Wikipedia: Helmut Kohl 'Born Helmut Josef Michael Kohl, 3 ...
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Where did the stereotype of Asians being bad drivers came from and how did it expand? (if it's not an internet phenomenon)

I'd like to know the historic start of such a stereotype and how it expanded, if it is really something that comes from before and it's not just some internet phenomenon (which may be). I'm linking ...
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Did families heading west ever settle along the Oregon Trail (instead of at the final destination)?

The history of the Oregon Trail is well known, in that thousands of people used the trail (and other similar routes) to emigrate to western areas of the United States. What isn't clear to me, however, ...
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When did England make a statute that barred foreigners from inheriting the throne?

According to Iain Moncreiffe in his book The Highland Clans, he says this. “By the fourteenth century it had become common law (in both England and Scotland) that a person who was not born in the ...
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What are some of ancient maps created from a single perspective?

Years ago I read that other civilizations had maps like that of the Herodotus, naming lands or peoples according to cardinal directions but without referring to them as continent or ethnicity. But ...
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Were communists opposed to Jews in France?

After reading the very insightful question to what extent were the Jewish persecuted during the Soviet Union and its first two answers reminded me my high school History classes to the extent that the ...
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When transcendentalist gets married, as many of them have, does that mean that they are no longer true to their beliefs? [on hold]

According to transcendentalism individual should value power of individualism, independence and personal freedom. Although, many of the transcendentalists have been married which brings up the ...
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What was the importance of the Hetch Hetchy Valley? [on hold]

The building of the Hetch Hetchy dam caused a large amount of controversy and debate. At the time, Hetch Hetchy was an isolated, seldom visited subalpine valley, visited intermittently by gold ...
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Did Napoleon III reserve a special set of aluminum cutlery for special guests?

Slate (2010): the minor emperor Napoleon III reserved a prized set of aluminum cutlery for special guests at banquets. (Less favored guests used gold knives and forks.) I see the above claim (or ...
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How long does trace back the way of writing through pronounciation as seen in the Journals of Peter Pond?

Peter Pond, a great cartographer at his time in the 18th century, was a man who had little knowledge about the grammar that we are currently using. The way he wrote down his thoughts is somewhat ...
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Has any other land cartographer travelled more mileage than David Thompson? [on hold]

In a book A History of Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land by Adam Shoalts, the conclusion of the life of this great explorer is put as follows: "David Thompson, born a poor ...
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Was Rachel Carson the first person to discover the environmental impact of fertilizers? If not, why was she the first one to talk about it publicly? [on hold]

Rachel Carson was a marine biologist, environmentalist and a writer who alerted the world to the environmental impact of fertilizers and pesticides. When she discovered the impact of pesticides and ...
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Were John Muir's ideas about nature and equality challenged during his lifetime? If so, what were the main arguments?

John Muir strongly believing that God made all living beings, from biggest mammals to microscopic creatures, equal on this planet. He was also nature conservationist and believed that people damaged ...
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Isn't G.H.W. Bush's speech on inaugural address offensive and provocative on those who are not religious? [on hold]

At the very beginning of his speech he says that he's first act as a president is a prayer. "I ask you to bow your heads" and then continues his speech with gratitude. As being a leader of such great ...
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Did explorers from different countries map North America's lands in packs? How did they divide and claim the newly discovered land for their country?

While many countries sent explorers to the New World to claim the uncharted lands, find gold and trade, did explorers in North America work in groups even though they were from different countries? ...
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Why did the Queen of Hawai'i surrender, when two thirds of the registered voters were in favour of signing the new constitution in 1893?

While drafting a new constitution, the Cabinet refused to sign it, even though two thirds of the native Hawaiians were supporting it. The fear of bloodshed made her surrender. When the Queen would ...
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Why did the Kingdom of Hawaii remain stagnant during an invasion?

Back in 1893, the Marshal of the Kingdom of Hawaii was tipped that an imminent coup was coming, therefore the Marshal requested the Kingdom to be put under martial law. The queen denied the request ...
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Did the citizens of US really back the declaration of war on Japanese Empire as it was implied by F.D. Roosevelt in his Pearl Harbor Speech? [on hold]

December 7th, 1941, was the date that was to live in infamy, as mentioned by F.D. Roosevelt in his Pearl Harbor speech. Overall, the speech was quite straightforward in its goal: assurance to the ...
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How much was spent on Kennedy's plan on going to the moon in the end? Was the increase in salary and professionals beneficial?

In a short period of time, the industry wanted to double the workers, increase salaries and expenses to 60 million a year, they wanted to invest another 200 million for facilities and over one billion ...
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Largest congressional letter writing campaign in US history?

In the United States, there is a system where folks can write letters to their representative and senators in congress to bring attention to a particular issue, sometimes as a timely event or a hot-...
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Was the US debt free in 1776, as Thomas Paine claimed in “Common Sense”?

In the pamphlet's fourth chapter “Of the Present Ability of America, with Some Miscellaneous Reflections” Paine wrote that the US had no debt. However, "Common Sense" was published in 1776, by which ...
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What was Peter Pond's life like earlier and why did people think he was capable of murdering two people and being violent?

There aren’t many documentations left of Peter Pond's life, although one of the things he is accused of are two murders. According to the article "Map Maker of the Northwest", it is said that he ...
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How big was Hamilton’s actual impact on determining the outcome of the presidential election of the United States of America in 1801? [on hold]

And presumably, opposite to what was depicted in the musical “Hamilton”, in a situation where Hamilton had chosen Aaron Burr over Thomas Jefferson, how would the course of history have changed in the ...
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Why did Peter Ponds father not return to take care of the family, when his wife had passed away?

Peter Pond was a Canadian fur trader and explorer during the 18th century. After serving in the capacity of a provincial trooper in four different army enlistments, he decided to pursue a career in ...
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What are some of the earliest examples of welfare states?

I was reading about Welfare States and came across this on Wikipedia: Emperor Ashoka of India put forward his idea of a welfare state in the 3rd century BCE. [...] The concepts of welfare and ...
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Which countries/empires other than European/US saw an active movement to abolish slavery?

Note: There is a similar question about ancient times, prior to 500 AD. So I'll fix the timeline for this question from 500 AD to the time of abolition of slavery in USA. I've learned (despite best ...
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Why did Thomas Paine say in “Common Sense”, that his proposed government's first laws will “have the title only of REGULATIONS”, but not LAW?

What I have in mind is that a newly formed government, especially if forged in revolution and especially if the form of government changes so drastically, from a deeply flawed constitutional monarchy ...
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How was hereditary right and the philosophy of the “Divine Right of Kings” treated by Thomas Paine in “Common Sense”?

And how did it compare to the views of the English on the matter at the time and help Paine in the case of getting the American colonies to fight and argue for freedom from the English? A French ...
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What was the evidence against Peter Pond who was accused of ordering John Ross’s murder?

In 1786 Peter Pond, a map maker, returned from his expedition. John Ross had a dispute with him, because Ross came to compete with Pond. In 1787 John Ross was killed and the accused man, who ...
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Did Jamsetji Tata write a letter to Swami Vivekananda?

Many sites 1, 2, ... claim that Jamsetji Tata wrote a letter to Swami Vivekananda on 23rd November, 1898.  Is it true that Jamshedji Tata wrote such a letter?
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In World War II what alliance power was the United States in [on hold]

Please help me I need a lot of help and I have the choices of Allied Power or the alliance powers or the try powers really all the powers though I just need to know what it is the answer
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Is Hamilton's “Letter on the hurricane of August 1772” authentic and are the descriptions in the letter real, really his thoughts/experiences? [on hold]

It is said that this letter changed his life, he was able to go to New York because of it. The way we wrote moved many people emotionally, is it possible that he was not even there during the ...
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Do we have any evidence of humans being outcompeted/extirpated from an environment by another animal? [on hold]

I'm not quite sure how far back the reach of History SE travels, but I thought I'd push my luck! As the question asks really. Do we have any evidence that suggests homo sapiens or any of our close ...
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Which were the circumstances that allowed/made Peter Pond to be the first to map the Northwest? [on hold]

Peter Pond was the map maker of the Northwest. He was the first one to take notes whilst travelling from one place to another to find and trade fur. With these actions, he initially mapped down all ...
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Was Gajah Mada of Raijua descent?

I first encountered the claim at a presentation by Geneviève Duggan at the Jakarta Institut Français d'Indonésie, in which she relayed a book of 2005 by Robert Riwu Kaho, probably titled Orang Sabu ...
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Is the anti defamation league Fascist [on hold]

This image. It's from Twitter. Is it true?
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Is the following claim concerning the loss of classical Latin literature substantiated?

I first came across an uncommonly precise claim that "94% of classical Latin literature was lost during the transition period of late antiquity" while listening to Peter Adamson's History of ...
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World War II Standing Orders

I remember reading that Hitler had a standing order in place that if anyone should capture Clark Gable, who was flying in bomber crews over Germany, that Gable must NOT be harmed and must be brought ...
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U-Boat Mutiny in WW2?

In the 2018 'Das Boot' TV series, the crew of the U-Boat mutinies against their captain as they perceive him to be too cautious and unwilling to engage the enemy. Is there any historical record of a ...
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What explains this dip in Indonesian GDP growth rate in 1982?

In the years preceding it, Indonesia had been growing swimmingly, with rates as high as 9.9%, and just 8.1% in 1981. Suddenly, a solitary dip to 2.2% occurred in 1982: Google helpfully produced a ...
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To what extent were practitioners of Judaism persecuted during the Soviet Union?

I know that as a result of the policy that atheism was to be the only public religion, the Soviet Union did their best to attack Christianity. However, I am interested in knowing the extent that ...
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Was the village of Campalagian in West Sulawesi originally a Cham settlement?

I could not find any evidence on this, except an ancestral story my grandparents told me. My great-grandmother was said to come from Campalagian, a village near Polewali, in West Sulawesi. They said ...

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