238 Answered Questions for the topic United States
When was unleaded gasoline introduced in California?
When did unleaded gasoline become available for sale (as an option, not mandatory) in California? That is, suppose you were a driver a few decades ago, who wanted to drive without pumping lead into... more
Was there a "European Balance of Power Strategy" for Anglo-American interests in between 1925 and 1935?
Was there a "European Balance of Power Strategy" for Anglo-American interests in between 1925 and 1935?**
When was the concept of the "border wall" between the United States and Mexico first proposed?
The current American president Donald Trump has become notorious for (among other things) championing the idea to build a 18+ foot concrete wall across the entire US/Mexican border. Where did this... more
Was Japan known to be a potential threat to the USA in the 10 year period prior to 1941?
In the years leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack, did non-military Americans see Japan as a potential threat to the USA?
Where did the skulls of dead Japanese soldiers end up?
I have read that there was a disturbingly common practice of American soldiers in the Pacific theater of WWII to take the skulls of dead Japanese soldiers as trophies to take home, give to... more
Why did Franklin D. Roosevelt confiscate gold from the American people during the Great Depression?
FDR outlawed ownership of gold in 1934 with the Gold Reserve Act. It was a very courageous act by a democratic government because nobody will elect a government which takes money from them. Gold... more
Was payment on Louisiana Bonds suspended during the War of 1812?
Of the Louisiana Purchase cost of $15 million, $11,250,000 had to be paid to France. This huge sum was financed mainly by Barings Bank in London and Hope & Co. in Amsterdam. The U.S. would... more
Were there crewmen from other USN ships on USS Missouri when the Japanese surrendered?
I have tried finding a list of the crewmen on the USS Missouri at the time of the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, or at least some general information about who was on the ship at... more
Has anyone called for the elimination of limited liability?
One of the justifications that liberals make for the regulation and taxation of corporations is that corporations are by their very nature government-subsidized enterprises, because the government... more
In WW2, how long could a submarine stay submerged if it wasn't moving?
For a submarine in the WW2-era, how long could it stay submerged if it was **not** running its engine? This is a question of crew size, oxygen, food/water, and CO2 scrubbers, and maybe other stuff... more
Did the United States have a third atomic bomb to drop on Japan?
On 15 August, six days after the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan announced its surrender to the United States, signing the instrument of surrender on 2 September, officially ending the war. The... more
What is the percentage of the draft pool that were conscripted during WW2 and Vietnam?
During the times of these conflicts I'm pretty sure the eligible ages to be drafted were from 18 - 25. During these times what percentage of US males between those ages were drafted. I'd like to be... more
Can anyone verify this story about the President's driver?
I remember hearing a story that I believe was either President Roosevelt or President Truman which involved his driver. There was a crash or incident because of his driver's error or negligence.... more
Were the first African Americans in Jamestown slaves or indentured servants?
Recently, Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia referred to the first African Americans to arrive in Jamestown as [indentured... more
When did abolition of property qualifications for voting begin in the USA?
I understand that voting qualifications in the USA are a state matter and this didn't all happen in one blow. But which states were the first and last to abolish property qualifications for voting?... more
How did the U.S. Government change during the Civil War?
How did the ways of governing change as the southern states seceded? How were the Southern States able to secede and was it illegal?
Was the United States meant to be a confederation of states?
I read the Constitution, and, if I recall correctly, no members of the Federal government were to be elected by the common people according to the original documents. Governors, however, were... more
Why was the Jay Treaty so hated by the American public?
Why was the Jay Treaty so hated by the American public? I've read that many people hated it, but I don't understand why. It ensured the United States would get back forts that had been taken by... more
How did US anti-Irish sentiment decline?
Anti-Irish sentiment in the United States previously involved depictions of Irish migrants as non-human primates. While historians have debated the prevalence of contemporaneous "No Irish Need... more
Was the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII a public affair?
Was the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII public affair; meaning, was it in any way discussed or reported in the contemporary American media? Did the authorities conduct any explanatory... more
During the Great Depression in America, was there an increase in popularity of Communism?
During the Great Depression, was there an increase in the popularity of Communism among the everyday American and if so, was this due to a longing for better living conditions?
In the late 1800s how did American Indians portray resiliency in the in the midst of oppression?
When did covered wagons disappear from America?
Throughout 19th century Americans migrated west to settle land and most such trips were on foot and on covered wagons. With the arrival of trains the wagons stopped, but my guess is that not... more
How could black men serve as officers in the US army during segregation?
How did black men such as Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr achieve high ranks in the US military during segregation? Those ranks should put them in position of power over white people, not very... more
Why has the American cowboy fashion/culture persisted until our current decade?
How and why has the American cowboy fashion/culture persisted for so long up until our current decade? Every decade has a fashion and culture that later we come to our senses about. But not the... more