783 Answered Questions for the topic American history
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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?
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
Who was the US first cross-dressing governor?
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?
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?
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
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
What was the goal behind the 9 state approval of the United States constitution?
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
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
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Do you think President Truman's actions of releasing General MacArthur was right or wrong? Explain?
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Some of the earliest and most successful English colonies were established here, giving the region its name.
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