783 Answered Questions for the topic American history

03/19/19

What problems did the United States faced after becoming independent?

What problems did the United States faced after becoming independent? Did any other countries after World War 2 face the same problems? I have been able to find some problems that the United States... more
American History United States Slavery

03/18/19

How common among Abolitionists was the goal of complete civil equality for Blacks?

I was told by someone who knows political history that few abolitionists believed in complete equality for Blacks. Few would have believed in intermarriage and perhaps not all would have accepted... more

03/18/19

What steps were taken at the end of WW2 to prevent a WW3?

I've heard a lot of unofficial stories regarding various steps that were taken at the end of WW2 to prevent a WW3. What were these steps? Did they work? Or is America's status as a superpower a... more

Post-war indictment of ex-Confederates in the Confederate States of America?

Why was the Confederate president, Jefferson Davis, or any other Confederate soldier, not tried for high treason?
American History Death United States President

03/16/19

Did Andrew Jackson threaten to kill the Vice President?

In my Government and Politics class the other day, we were taught that Andrew Jackson threatened to kill the vice president. This sounded a bit odd to me so I wrote it in my notes and resolved to... more
American History United States Currency

03/16/19

Why does US currency have a 25 cent piece and a 20 dollar bill instead of a 20 cent piece or 25 dollar bill?

Why does US currency have a 25 cent piece instead of a 20 cent piece? Why is there a 20 dollar bill instead of a 25 dollar bill? Why aren't both denominations the same, 20 or 25 for both the... more
American History Terminology United States

03/16/19

Since the inception of the United States, has the term "America" ever referred to something more than simply "the United States"?

Today we use the terms *America* and *the United States* as synonyms. The official name of the country is *The United States of America*. But prompted by a question on another forum, wherein an... more
American History United States Transportation

03/16/19

Was there ever a single train that ran straight from San Francisco to New York City, or any that ran truly from coast to coast?

Though the first Transcontinental Railroad was finished in 1869, the Overland Route seems to have only taken passengers between San Francisco and Council Bluffs, Iowa / Omaha, Nebraska via the... more
American History United States Cia

03/15/19

What were the reasons behind Allen W. Dulles resignation?

Can someone please explain why Allen Dulles, former CIA director, was forced to resign? I'm reading one of his books but haven't found any meaningful information on this.
American History United States Cuba Invasion

03/15/19

Why did the US invade Cuba in such a weak manner?

I've been reading about the US's history with Cuba following the recent death of Castro, and the failure of the Bay of Pigs seems very odd to me. The only reason I can think of for carrying out... more

Would colonial Maryland have been tolerant to all religions?

I have heard that Maryland was the birthplace of religious freedom in the US because it was founded by a charter about which Wikipedia says "On 20 June 1632, (King) Charles granted the original... more
American History United States World War Two

03/15/19

What does WW2 US Army discharge code W.D. CIR 395, 1942 mean?

My father was honorably discharged from the US Army in 1943. My question is what is W.D. Cir. 395, 1942? He served only 2 months and 8 days. His occupation at that time was listed as Turret Lathe... more

03/15/19

Why didn't the US choose to demolish Tokyo with an atom bomb?

Tokyo was Japan's capital. Why didn't the US choose Tokyo to demolish with Atom Bomb? **Bonus Question:** What factors decided to bring Hiroshima and Nagasaki on table?

03/14/19

What led to the first fight in the American Civil War?

After Lincoln was elected president, 11 states seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America. What circumstances surrounding this secession led to the first battle of the war,... more
American History United States Political History

03/14/19

Who was the US first cross-dressing governor?

American History Enlightenment United States

03/14/19

How many U.S. Founding Fathers knew about Baruch Spinoza?

I know the founders like Jefferson and Madison were extremely well read. I've heard they were very effected by the enlightenment. Do we know with any certainty if they read Spinoza?
American History United States Founding Fathers

03/14/19

Was there a "secret" recording of the American founding fathers' deliberations?

I remember that there was someone who wrote down the stuff the founding fathers talked about behind closed doors. Can't remember his name. Who was he again?
American History Japan United States Pearl Harbor

03/14/19

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?

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... more
American History United States Citizenship

03/14/19

How were the first American citizens granted citizenship?

When the US declared itself independent in 1776, did it simply consider all people (of a certain demographic) already living in the US citizens? Or did these people have to apply to become citizens... more
American History United States Britain War Of 1812

03/13/19

How was the British invasion into the US successful in the War of 1812?

My friend and I are from Britain and we were discussing which country was the least likely to ever see a successful invasion attempt. We reached the conclusion that the United States was simply the... more

03/13/19

Why was it necessary to maintain a balance of power between the Slave and Free states?

As said in the title, why was there a need to maintain the balance of power between the Slave states and Free States by keeping them equal in number, before the American Civil War? Both the Clay... more
American History U.s

03/05/19

Who was the first leader of the new Department of State

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