Tag Archives: USA

Do other countries have Thanksgiving?

Before I started digging into Thanksgiving, I thought it was just some kind of historical holiday where Pilgrims were able to peacefully interact with Native Americans and survive the winter. Eventually, in modern times it became this vague holiday about “giving thanks” and “being thankful”. Thanksgiving is a traditional celebration of harvest. Given that people… Read More »

What president was villified during his presidency but is fondly remembered?

Harry Truman was a controversial president. He ascended to presidency during the final months of World War II after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was responsible for approving the plan to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the beginning of his first term, Truman had to deal with the largest labor strike… Read More »

Where did the US embassy move in Moscow?

While researching the Siberian Seven for Has anyone else been holed up in a foreign embassy like Julian Assange?, I read this article from 1981 that said there may be another problem with them staying at the embassy: …in a few years, even that could conceivably present problems: The embassy is scheduled to move to new quarters. Out… Read More »

What are some Supreme Court original cases?

Two kinds of cases are put before the Supreme Court: appeals from the appeals court and original jurisdiction cases.  Original jurisdiction cases are usually between states. There haven’t been that many. Its Wikipedia page only lists about 27 cases. A lot of cases were over border disputes: New Hampshire v. Maine, Florida v. Georgia, Maryland v. West Virginia, New… Read More »

Who designed the US flag?

Recently, I was reading about the District of Columbia attempting to become a US State instead of a Federal District and all of the various things that could arise from that situation. An interesting thing they brought up was how the US flag will change after Washington DC becomes the next US state. This got… Read More »

Where have National Guard units been deployed internationally?

When I was researching the deadliest battle in American history, I read about National Guard units being deployed in World War I. This was odd for me because I had assumed that National Guard units were mainly deployed domestically to maintain order during civil discord or during natural disasters. I remembered that they were deployed during… Read More »

How far north did the Confederates fight?

During my research on the Civil War, I stumbled upon the Battle of Gettysburg  Wikipedia article. I say stumbled upon because I mistakeningly thought Gettysburg was a battle from the Revolutionary War era. My first thoughts on skimming through the article was,”The Confederates made it all the way to Pennsylvania?” I assumed that most of… Read More »

What single battle created the most amount of American casualties?

I was reading about the Battle of Olustee as part of my research for What role did Florida play in the Civil War? The Battle of Olustee had one of the highest percentages of casualty rates for both sides. This got me thinking, “What single battle created the most amount of American casualties?” I know that the highest… Read More »

Where were ships manufactured for the Confederacy?

During the Civil War, the South was largely agrarian and had little to no manufacturing capabilities. Yet, in order to compete against the Union’s Navy, they created ironclads. (Ironclads are, essentially, armored wooden ships that are able to take down unarmored wooden ships much more easily.) The Civil War was the first conflict where both sides fought… Read More »

How many people have been drafted? And how many times?

During the Civil War, of the 2.1 million Union soldiers, 2% were drafted and 6% were substitutes in lieu of being drafted. Roughly 12% of the Confederate Army (estimated at roughly a million soldiers) were estimated by experts to have been drafted. (This is estimated  because there are no surviving records of the Confederacy.) Union Army –… Read More »