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Did it take 3 minutes to reload a musket when the second amendment to the US constitution was ratified?

No. The rate of fire of competent musketeers was considerably greater than one round every three minutes when the Second Amendment was adopted at the end of the eighteenth century. In his book The ...
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Was the "natural born citizen" requirement for the President inserted into the US Constitution by Alexander Hamilton's enemies?

No, because it wouldn't have had any effect. The relevant clause reads "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution..."...
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Did it take 3 minutes to reload a musket when the second amendment to the US constitution was ratified?

Did it in fact take something like three minutes to reload muskets when the Second Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified? Is a "three minute musket" representative of the best military ...
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Has chattel slavery ever been used as a criminal punishment in the USA since the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment?

Yes, but for fixed periods of (for example) six months or 1 or 2 years rather than for life. This section of the 13th Amendment, ratified on the 6th of December, 1865, was controversial from the ...
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Why didn’t Herbert Hoover’s residency in London during and after WWI disqualify him from becoming President?

Herbert Hoover was 54 years old when he became President. He was a natural born U.S. citizen who spent the first 21 years or so of his life in the U.S., and most of his adult life abroad. But his ...
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Did Edith Wilson influence the passage of the 19th Amendment?

As Abraham Lincoln once said, 75% of the stuff on the internet is made up. Searching for "Edith Wilson" Women's suffrage reveals, "Not only did she oppose women’s suffrage, but. . . &...
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US Citizenship Prior to the 14th Amendment

Under Federal Statute, a person being naturalized had to meet certain requirements, such as renouncing allegiance to any foreign prince or power, and having shown them self to be of good character for ...
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Did Edith Wilson influence the passage of the 19th Amendment?

Constitutional amendments are one of the few constitutional realms where the Executive branch has little role. It can of course have a leadership role, principally with Congress where the POTUS ...
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Was the 35 year age minimum chosen for US president roughly equal to the average life expectancy for a reason?

The Wikipedia article about life expectancy incudes the following: Life expectancy increases with age as the individual survives the higher mortality rates associated with childhood. For instance,...
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Did it take 3 minutes to reload a musket when the second amendment to the US constitution was ratified?

At the time, most military muskets were smoothbores. Hunters and a few specialist military units used rifled muskets, or rifles. Musketeers did not fire aimed shots. Hitting a man-sized target at ...
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Why didn’t Herbert Hoover’s residency in London during and after WWI disqualify him from becoming President?

A web site discusses this issue: No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of ...
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What was the South actually afraid Lincoln or Congress would do that precipitated the Civil War?

tl;dr The 1860 election was the tipping point for the slave-owning states. It was then clear that those states could no longer command a majority in Congress, or in a Presidential election. A ...
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Was the "natural born citizen" requirement for the President inserted into the US Constitution by Alexander Hamilton's enemies?

First off, it should be mentioned that the provision would not have excluded Hamilton at any rate, since it explicitly does not apply to anyone who was a US citizen at the time the Constitution was ...
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Did it take 3 minutes to reload a musket when the second amendment to the US constitution was ratified?

Most answers focus on the reload time of muskets -- for completeness I'll repeat that they are considerably faster to reload than the 3-minutes-per-round figure mentioned by Beto, but it's reasonable ...
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Which founding fathers pushed for the right to bear arms?

Turns out there wasn't much of a "push" involved. The right to bear arms predates the US constitution, and had been seen as an extension of the natural right to self-defense in English culture well ...
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How close did the US come to removing the Electoral College in 1970?

It appears that it got about 13 (out of 100) votes shy of cloture at its closest. "Cloture" is of course the term the Senate uses for putting a bill up for a vote. Purposely blocking a vote ...
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Was the 14th Amendment ever enforced against a Confederate veteran?

Q: Was this ever enforced against a Confederate veteran? Section 14 of the Enforcement Act (see below) was used to remove some from office, Such removal was without penalty. Q: Did any court ever rule ...
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Why did the U.S. Bill of Rights end up without a protection against monopolies?

Cool question; Short answer All of these proposed antimonopoly amendments to the Constitution came from the state ratifying conventions, but since the task of writing the federal Bill of Rights in ...
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Why was the requirement for Impeachment set at simple majority for House of Representatives, but supermajority (2/3) for a trial at the Senate?

Contrary to popular opinion, the basic model for impeachment as outlined in the U.S. Constitution is not criminal prosecution but rather the process of impeachment existing in the British Parliament ...
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Was the 35 year age minimum chosen for US president roughly equal to the average life expectancy for a reason?

The other answers touch on this point, but I think it needs to be emphasized: The quote in the question demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of the concept of average life expectancy. Overall ...
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How close did the US come to removing the Electoral College in 1970?

The bill in question was known as the "Bayh–Celler amendment". The full text of the bill can be found here (section 3.4, page 143). One way to answer "how close" the US was to ...
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Was the "natural born citizen" requirement for the President inserted into the US Constitution by Alexander Hamilton's enemies?

The reasons for the 'natural born citizen' clause are well-documented, and boil down to what you'd expect: to prevent 'ambitious foreigners' from seizing control of the US government. Here's a ...
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Why was the "first Monday in December" originally chosen as the default meeting date for Congress?

According to senate.gov When should Congress begin its annual session? The 18th-century framers of the United States Constitution, accustomed to an agriculturally based economy with its cycles of ...
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What proposals have been made to amend the U.S. Constitution to make it mention God?

This can be answered by looking at the wikipedia article on proposed amendments to the US constitution. There is a specific mention of several attempts to incorporate Christian religious references : ...
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Were any signers of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, or Constitution of the United States Black (also called Negro)?

The population data that you quote in the question derived from a series of censuses taken in the thirteen colonies by the British government, and the early governments of the United States after the ...
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How did the election of one-third of Senators every two years stay in sync with addition of new states?

so were there some Senators who took truncated terms? Yes, that's exactly how it was done. For example Vermont elected its first two Senators in 1791. One Senator was up for re-election in 1794 (...
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