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That was because of the nature of the Democratic party in the 100 years or so after the Civil War. During most of that time, the Republicans were the centrist, pro business party, while the Democrats were "everyone who was not a Republican." In 1928, this included an unlikely mixture of right and left; southern plantation owners, western agrarians, ...


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This was the period of The Solid South, and considering that, Al Smith actually did remarkably badly there in the election of 1928. Here's a map color-coded by how often "solid south" states voted for the Democratic nominee for President: Now let's compare 1928 to the elections before and after it: 1924: 1928: 1932: So the way to look it this ...


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A key moment was the passage of the Americans With Disabiities Act of 1990. This followed a trend of "compassion" that was the hallmark of the so-called Silent Generation, born 1925-1942 (according to Strauss and Howe. This generation produced noted civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King (1929) and Senators Bobby (1925) and Ted Kennedy (1932)....


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This can be explained by organisational history, but for different reasons in the US and Canadian contexts. The British system, where the RAF has distinct names, arises from the origins of the RAF in 1918. It was formed by merging the Army and Navy air wings, which were until then using their original rank structures. The new service's ranks were newly ...


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Doubt it's anything special, other than the really common '/-' indication which even I use for cheques and other written entries. The '/-' indication is used to indicate the end of a number i.e. no further digits are to be added. Very common, and often recommended to do so in the not so digitized world, so as to prevent fraud (fraudsters can easily add more ...


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Most likely must have been some kind of speculative FAE weapon, described in Wikipedia article on Thermobaric weapons A fuel–air explosive (FAE) device consists of a container of fuel and two separate explosive charges. After the munition is dropped or fired, the first explosive charge bursts open the container at a predetermined height and disperses the ...


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Not following instructions As found by Pieter Geerkens, the instructions for the 1860 census repeatedly state that values should be written in dollars only. However, from context, we can quickly rule out $12 and $10 as plausible values for these columns, so the logical conclusion is that the clerk failed to obey that instruction for these values, and wrote ...


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Having tracked down the Instructions to U.S. Marshals, Instructions to Assistants for the 1860 census I draw attention to these excerpts describing the means of calculating and recording then census: Schedule No. 1 - Free Inhabitants Item 12. Value of real Estate ..., and are to insert this amount in dollars, be the estate located where it may. .... Item ...


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That looks like the archaic form of the letter "s". Shown here in the word "Congress" from the original US Bill of Rights: The Latin name for that long-s glyph is "solidus", which also happens to be the word from which we got the word "shilling". Of course this was not a coincidence. This glyph looks a bit like a ...


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As comments have pointed out, the distinction between sentencing someone to slavery and sentencing them to prison under a convict leasing system is in some ways a subtle one. Nonetheless, the document shown in the question does reflect the specific way in which Southern states originally interpreted the Thirteenth Amendment, adopted in late 1865. This ...


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Because they didn't want to and because there were huge powers in the East that didn't want them to. We need to look at when they would have been able to and compare that to the state of the world at the time. The expansion would have required a significant Naval presence. Arguably the US Navy became formidable around the war of 1812, at which point it was.....


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Why did the US Navy and Marine Corps use satanic symbolism in WW2? I believe the "evil" symbolism serves a purpose (unlike what others implied), and it's not primarily to intimidate the enemy. Few people realize this, but normal men do not naturally make good soldiers: Grossman was committed to helping the U.S. military become more effective in ...


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A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words... Why did the US Navy and Marine Corps use satanic symbolism in WW2? Ultimately for the same reason it's still using it today; as such, the real question would be why not? [T]he U.S. was largely [a] Christian country at that time. Which would probably explain why they heavily employed Christian symbolism associated ...


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First question: Why not New York? Roosevelt was saddened by the death of his first wife, Alice, with whom he had lived in New York. He went to a ranch in the Badlands of South Dakota to get away from it all. New York was probably the last place where he wanted to get married. Second question: Why London? Edith was living in London, some say to "...


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