238 Answered Questions for the topic United States
Are Americans More Obsessed With the Military Aspect of History? If so, why?
If there is anything in my mind that has been particularly pronounced about American historical interests it has been an overriding interest in the military aspects of history. This can be viewed... more
Why did James Baldwin call it "magnificent twenties"?
In his "*Many Thousands Gone*", Baldwin wrote > The Negro, who had been during the magnificent twenties a passionate > and delightful primitive, now became, as one of the things we... more
Was there really a Communist presidential nominee or political party in the 1876 election?
In David Leip's political atlas, it says that 'Communist' gained 32 votes in the 1876 presidential election. The name of the candidates and the state where these votes were counted doesn't... more
What police department served the Kenwood neighborhood in Chicago in 1907?
When did the First Barbary War start?
I am reading about the First Barbary War from both Swedish and American perspective. I have [what I believe to be a very reliable source in... more
Why did the dominance of maize last so long in North America?
In North America the native corn, maize, was the dominant grain and flour and an important mainstay in the diet. At first it was obviously the only available grain crop, with Old World cereals such... more
Were there any Russians in the 1849 Gold Rush?
A gold rush always brings new arrivals from many directions. Had any of the miners and businesspeople of the 1849 California Gold Rush come from Russia?
Did the Bill of Rights apply to slaves?
In the pre-Antebellum particularly during the 1850's did slaves and free blacks have rights? Or even citizenship perhaps?
Why did Puerto Rican families send their children to New York?
My question is: Why were Puerto Rican families sending their children off the island, and why New York?
Was there any distinction between the 13 Colonies and the Canadian provinces prior to the American Revolution?
Was there any distinction between the 13 Colonies that became the United States and the Canadian colonies/provinces prior to the American Revolution? For example, did New Brunswick and New... more
Why don't US presidents run in other elections after their term ends?
As an example, Barack Obama is quite young (15 years younger than his successor) and was extremely popular. So why doesn't he run for a seat in the Senate? This would theoretically allow him to... more
What did the Japanese believe about the USA capability of making/using additional atomic bombs?
Clearly the Japanese **believed** that if they did not surrender another atomic bomb would be used on them. However how soon did they **believe** this would happen? And how many atomic bombs... more
Did women suffer from alcoholism as much as men in 19th century America?
What was the general view on women drinking alcohol (and becoming intoxicated) during the 19th century in the US and did they become alcoholics in about the same extent to which men did?
How were combat medics assigned to their divisions?
I'm a little confused on how combat medics were transferred around. I've heard that often times medics weren't given much more than basic medical training (while others were able to be given... more
What factors contributed to the U.S economy flourishing during the early cold war period?
Wars, cold or otherwise, are bad for economies, right? So why did the American economy flourish during the early Cold War period (shortly after World War II)? Could anyone help me identify some... more
What was the effect of the Civil War on the cost of cotton?
Contemporary economics warns us that if you make goods significantly more expensive to produce, the costs will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices. So that makes me wonder: what... more
Why did South Carolina continue to select their Presidential Electors by legislative choice until after the Civil War?
What were the reasons for South Carolina to not use a popular vote to decide the Electors for so long compared to other states and why did they finally decide to put the decision to a popular vote... more
How did recognition by Morocco influence the history of the USA?
In my personal experience when having studied the early history of the American Republic, I learned about [The Treaty of Marrakech] in my U.S. Diplomatic History Graduate course. Prior to that... more
In what year did Charles Proteus Steinmetz fix Ford's Generator for the famed $10,000 invoice?
[Charles Proteus Steinmetz](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Proteus_Steinmetz) is the protagonist of an interesting tale [about fixing a generator at Ford's... more
First US police officer killed in the line of duty?
Who was the first US police officer killed in the line of duty? When and where did it take place? By US police officer, I mean any active-duty police officer working for any force in the US... more
What was the content of Solzhenitsyn's critique of the West?
Solzhenitsyn is a dissident writer in the former Soviet Union. He's famous for writing the *Gulag Archipelago*. I recall that he eventually managed to escape to the West, in fact to the USA where... more
What is the difference between the Nobel Banquet and the Nobel Anniversary Dinner?
On December 10, 1945, the Nobel Banquet took place in Sweden and the "5th Annual Nobel Anniversary Dinner" took place in New York City. I understand that the Nobel Prizes are always presented in... more
The US and Soviet Soldiers story related to Normandy?
This is from President Obama’s speech, and I have no idea what it means. It seems like a historical story, but I could not find anything on Google. Why did he think of it when he visited Normandy?... more
Watergate, the burglars - why bring crisp cash with them to the break-in?
My question, however technical it may be, … why did the burglars bring crisp new dollar bills with them to the actual break-in? It might be an obscure Watergate question but no one has focused or... more