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Very little scholarly work has apparently been done on this, so may answer will closely follow the article "The Culture of Tort Law in France" by Jean-Sébastien Borghetti (2012). The question here reflects a strong perception that lawsuits are far less common in France, which is only partly accurate. Tort law does play an important role in France, although ...


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While this isn't exactly a historical answer, it does provide a reasonable part of an explanation: Different people pay the costs in a lawsuit in the USA and France In France, the legal costs are paid by the losing side in most lawsuits (the so-called English Rule). The reasoning behind this is that a litigant (whether they bring or defend the claim) is ...


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To address the frame challenge laid out in the comments, adultery does seem to have been illegal in some form or shape in Pennsylvania until 1973, though JoAnne Sweeny notes in "Undead Statutes: The Rise, Fall, and Continuing Uses of Adultery and Fornication Criminal Laws" that "the colonies of Pennsylvania and West Jersey did not appear to focus on crimes ...


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Your question misses the key point that across all of U.S. and Canada the various Bell companies sorted all long distance conversations into three distinct tariff classes based on the start time of the connection in the Caller's time zone. In Bell Canada's jurisdiction (most of Ontario and Quebec) those tariff classes were, as best I recall, the following: ...


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Among the many thousands who joined the gold rush and dug with their own hands, a few struck it rich but couldn't be called 'exceedingly wealthy'. Many more gathered a decent sum before (wisely) packing it in and setting off back home. The large majority, of course, found little or else squandered their gains. One non-supplier who did become very wealthy ...


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Some did well at the mines; the matter of whether they stayed wealthy is quite another. According to Antonio Coronel's memoir, Tales of Mexican California, (pp. 54-55), Lorenzo Soto took out 52 lbs of gold in 8 days.


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Of course the miners did not get rich. Miners never get rich. Mine Owners, who hire miners to do the work, are the ones who get rich from mining. Prospectors can get a relatively large chunk of money when they make a successful find and those are the stories that spread like wildfire and entice so many people to join the rush. Stories like William ...


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Question: Is there a historical explanation as to why the USA people are so litigious compared to France?............... Extremely Short Answer: Courts in the US have simple put always played a more prominent role in governance. Simple sounding court cases sometimes are among the greatest sources of change and accountability in the US ...


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In my recollection of telephones in the late 1950's: first, rarely did anyone attempt any sort of long-distance phone call, exactly because of the various troubles mentioned in the question. My parent's house had a "party line", and our "ring" was "two shorts, and a long". To place calls "locally" we had to talk to an operator in all cases. Given the ...


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