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US History (General)

What is a similarity between today and the 1960s?

There are many similarities between the 1960s and the present day. Perhaps a good way to look at these commonalities is to look at the aftermath of that turbulent decade, which partly explains how...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 6:27 am UTC

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US History (General)

Why did Benjamin Franklin invent bifocals?

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), one of the Founding Fathers as well as an author, printer, and scientist, invented bifocals because he suffered from presbyopia, a condition that means "age of sight"...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2016 2:31 pm UTC

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US History (General)

Why did they call Benjamin Franklin the first fireman?

Another, more basic, reason is that Ben Franklin founded the first true fire department in Philadelphia. So in a real way, Franklin was the first fireman. This is keeping with the how the firemen...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2008 1:07 am UTC

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US History (General)

What was the impact of the Enlightenment thinkers, the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Accord, and the Bill of Rights on...

If I understand you correctly, you want to know how Enlightenment ideas in the Magna Carta and the Mayflower Compact influenced the United States Constitution. You also mention the Bill of Rights,...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2017 5:54 pm UTC

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US History (General)

Looking at "Information to Those Who Would Remove to America," what is Benjamin Franklin's vision of the United States?

Benjamin Franklin's "Information to Those Who Would Remove to America" was written to correct the misconceptions of Europeans who viewed the nascent United States in a certain light and to...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 2:24 pm UTC

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US History (General)

From the time of Reconstruction after the Civil War up until now, what progress have we made in the United States...

There has been slow progress made on increasing equality and the distribution of power since the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction. This has not, however, been a straightforward process. The...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 1:37 pm UTC

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US History (General)

What is the difference between American History and World History?  

I would say that the difference is, in part, a matter of scope. American History tends to focus on the history of the United States, beginning largely with the colonial era and tracking forwards...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 4:16 pm UTC

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US History (General)

What was happening economically and socially in the United States in 1949? Was it fairly easy to get a job? What was...

In 1949, the United States economy was coming out of a recession. It was not a very good time to find a job. The recession was not as bad as some economic prognosticators thought it might have...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2020 3:55 am UTC

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US History (General)

What is the"best" era in American history? You may have heard some politicians talk about "returning" to  better...

Nostalgia about the past is before common, especially among politicians. They want to evoke well-loved historical figures to capitalize on their popularity. They also want people to look back and...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2011 10:10 am UTC

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US History (General)

Who was the most controversial public figure in American history?

To be controversial, one must stir passions on both sides. The person must also, to some degree, court controversy by making decisions that a large number of people dislike. In recent history, the...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2011 4:11 am UTC

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US History (General)

Compare and contrast Phyllis Wheatley and Benjamin Franklin.

Phyllis Wheatley was the first African American published poet, and was a slave who received a high level of education for that time. Though she died early, she made many contributions to poetry...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019 5:03 pm UTC

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How successful was propaganda in WWI and WWII?

In many ways, propaganda was one of the greatest triumphs of the first two world wars. In America and Britain, entire campaigns ensured that the populace was in agreement with the war in spite of...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 10:35 pm UTC

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US History (General)

Which two presidents from American history are most like each other and why?

There are a number of ways of approaching the task of identifying two U.S. presidents from throughout American history who were similar. An easy and obvious approach would be to list either of the...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2014 1:56 am UTC

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US History (General)

Why are parties weak in America?

I would like to say that political parties are one of the most powerful aspects of the American political system. In any major state or federal election, it is hard to get on the ballot or to...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2018 8:24 pm UTC

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US History (General)

What is a democratic government? How does it differ from other forms?  If the US government is a democracy, how...

Democracy is an overused term, as it is applied to revolutions and governments. We are a republic with democratic institutions. We elect people to make decisions for us because it would be too...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2011 5:07 am UTC

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US History (General)

Why did Benjamin Franklin start a group called The Junto?

Franklin formed the Junto club in 1727 in order to hold discussions on morals, philosophy, politics, and other similar issues. Franklin aimed to bring together intelligent men with different areas...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2018 2:14 am UTC

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US History (General)

Why was Daniel Boone important to US history?

Although legends have been created about Daniel Boone, he is of himself a worthy figure of history. For one thing, he was a fearless and brilliant fighter who fought in the French Indian War. When...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2013 10:33 pm UTC

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US History (General)

Why is the Jonestown Massarce of 1978 significant?

The Jonestown Massacre in 1978 focused the news media's attention on the practices of the Reverend Jim Jones and his People's Temple. Hundreds died from drinking cyanide-laced Kool-aid with Jones's...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2019 11:23 am UTC

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US History (General)

On balance, what have been the three most influential changes in US society since the end of World War II? What...

Everyone's answer to this question will be different, but for me the three most influential changes to American society have been the civil rights movement, the women's rights movement, and the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2020 1:34 am UTC

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US History (General)

Consider the picture, "The Political Quadrille. Music by Dred Scott." What is it saying about the political situation...

There are at least three major things that this cartoon has to tell us about the politics of its time and the 1860 election in particular. First, it shows us the central impact of the Dred Scott...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2013 3:04 pm UTC

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US History (General)

Why did Nebraska decide to have a unicameral government instead of a bicameral government?

Interestingly, the Nebraska state government was not always unicameral. For the first seventy years of the state's existence, from 1867 to 1937, it operated with two houses like the other states in...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 3:54 am UTC

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US History (General)

Cite the branch of government that has been primarily responsible for the incorporation of the Bill of Rights.

The judicial branch is the branch of government that mainly is responsible for the incorporation of the Bill of Rights. Since most issues regarding the Bill of Rights involve individual freedoms,...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2015 11:12 am UTC

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US History (General)

How did Benjamin Franklin become an inventor?

Benjamin Franklin dabbled in science and tinkering for many years as a young man. He was fascinated by scientific research, and he studied it closely. He invented a stove (called the "Franklin...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 7:54 pm UTC

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US History (General)

What was the most significant event/issue between 1492 and 1877 that shaped America into the nation that it is today?

Many good answers. I'd suggest the selection/election of George Washington as our first President. He kept us from getting another "King George" and established many precedents that have served...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 12:31 pm UTC

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US History (General)

How did Benjamin Franklin's inventions help people's lives?  

Aside from being one of the Founding Fathers of the USA, Benjamin Franklin was a prolific inventor and many of his inventions were based on solving real and everyday problems, as a means of making...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2016 3:57 pm UTC

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US History (General)

Why is militarism a good thing, specifically for the USA?

It is by no means clear that militarism is actually a good thing for the United States. There are many people, in fact, who would say that it is a bad thing. If, however, we have to assume that...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 5:27 pm UTC

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US History (General)

What are 6 major events starting from Jamestown to the French and Indian War?  They should be in chronological order.

There were many important events in the British colonies in the century and a half between the founding of Jamestown and the French and Indian War. The six that are described in the other...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 1:59 pm UTC

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US History (General)

From the time of Reconstruction after the Civil War until the present, what progress have we made in the United...

U.S. progress on liberty, equality and power since the time of Reconstruction following the Civil War until now is mixed. The 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, ostensibly prohibited states from...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020 10:38 am UTC

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What do you believe to be the achievements of the Black Lives Matter Movement so far? What do you believe should be...

The Black Lives Matter movement has differed from previous civil rights movements in that it is more focused on promoting human rights than advancing any specific legislation. In this sense, it has...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2020 8:43 pm UTC

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US History (General)

How did the economic prosperity of the 1950s affect the workforce?

If you have a textbook or some type of instructor notes that is supposed to answer this question, I really suggest looking at these elements first because the answers you obtain here might not...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2010 4:12 pm UTC

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What were the fundamental differences in political, social, and economic ideas that separated the American colonies...

An important social difference between the colonies and Great Britain in the 18th Century involved notions of aristocracy and land ownership. For centuries, most land in Great Britain had been...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019 10:41 am UTC

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How did Benjamin Franklin change the United States of America?

Benjamin Franklin changed the United States of America in more than one way. He was an extremely influential inventor, author and politician. Many argue that he is the most important Founding...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016 4:58 am UTC

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US History (General)

What was Andrew Carnegie’s position taken in "The Distant Possessions"?

In his 1898 essay "The Distant Possessions," the Scottish-born billionaire and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie sets out a case against American imperialism. The essay was written in the wake of the...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019 6:48 am UTC

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How did the War on Poverty, the war in Vietnam, and the Civil Rights Movement influence each other?

They all influenced each other in the sense that they all happened during the Johnson administration. Johnson hoped to be known for his social programs in his War on Poverty but instead he was...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019 2:29 pm UTC

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Explain how British political institutions have impacted American political institutions and rights.

It should not be surprising that British political systems influenced American ones, especially in the early part of the country's history when founders of the United States were figuring out how...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2019 9:10 pm UTC

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US History (General)

What were the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, and why) of the Articles of Confederation? 

What: The Articles of Confederation, whose full name was the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was the first document that established a national government after the colonies asserted...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 4:34 pm UTC

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US History (General)

What was the idea of separate spheres in US history?

The idea of separate spheres had to do with male and female roles. The idea of separate spheres held that men and women belonged in separate parts of society. Women were supposed to stay at home...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2012 11:23 pm UTC

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Major turning points in American history I am writing a paper on major turning points in American history. I can...

You could write your paper from the perspective of technology's role in the development of the U.S. If you went that route, I would suggest: 1) factory system (Industrial Revolution), 2) the steam...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2012 4:52 am UTC

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What is at least one literary element used in Benjamin Franklin's "The Way to Wealth" and a quote that illustrates...

Benjamin Franklin utilized different personas in his work, such as Silence Dogood, Janus, Poor Richard, and many others. In the opening paragraphs of "The Way to Wealth," he adds yet another layer...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2020 5:31 pm UTC

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US History (General)

What cultural and religious changes occurred between 1800–1820 in America? What were the effects of these changes?

In November 1800, Congress held its first session in Washington DC, the new national capital which had not existed ten years before. The following year, Thomas Jefferson became the third President....

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019 12:42 am UTC

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US History (General)

What was the Market Revolution, and what was its significance? 

The Market Revolution changed economies all over the world. Mass production and interchangeable parts made production faster and cheaper. It also spelled the end of the livelihoods of many artisans...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020 8:24 pm UTC

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US History (General)

Why is the American flag a symbol of freedom?

Not everyone would agree that the American flag is a symbol of freedom. Many Native Americans and Native Hawaiians would say that it is the flag of the people who took their lands. The...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2015 12:43 am UTC

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What does it mean to be an American, and why? Use any traits that you see in Americans based off of the Autobiography...

A number of years ago in a television interview the political commentator George Will asserted that being an American is, unlike the identities of the European (and other) nations, based on the...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 8:00 pm UTC

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US History (General)

What ideology has—or what ideologies have—most shaped the long arc of US history from the 1820s to the 1910s? (as...

One could argue that the ideology of Manifest Destiny was important throughout this period, even before it was first articulated by the journalist John O' Sullivan in 1845. This was the notion that...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019 7:52 am UTC

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US History (General)

In chapter 15, "African Americans Challenge White Supremacy," what purpose did the black church serve? What were the...

As the authors write in chapter 15 of African-American History that the church was "integral" to "the lives of most black people." This was in part because, under the Jim Crow system, it was an...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019 5:44 pm UTC

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What is a contradiction between Jim Crow and segregation and the United States's role in World War II?

This war did expose a contradiction in American thinking. On the European front, America sought to end Hitler's genocide of Jewish people and other oppressed groups. American soldiers were sent...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019 6:09 pm UTC

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US History (General)

During the 1920s, what issues or events would you consider as the most important?

The answer to this question will depend on whom you ask because there are many different types of historians who specialize in society, politics, and the economy. The Red Scare that took place...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020 2:59 pm UTC

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Explain if you think another revolution could happen in the United States.

I think that it is difficult to envision something on the level of colonial resistance to grab a hold of the nation and spark another revolution on that scale. In surveying the terrain at this...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2012 6:56 am UTC

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What are some common misconceptions about early United States history?

One common misconception is that American settlers viewed Native Americans as primitive and Native American culture as distasteful. In fact, as Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen points...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019 12:20 pm UTC

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What is the Hudson River School?

The Hudson River School was a group of painters in the United States that emerged in the mid-nineteenth century and had their heyday in the period surrounding the American Civil War. They were...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2019 3:46 pm UTC

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