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435 I suspect most would be surprised that the USA lasted this long and had obtained this much power and prestige in the world. Sure some would be surprised and disappointed about the decreased alcohol consumption, near universal suffrage, and even about the abolition of slavery. Some of the signers would welcome those things of course. And the same is true for the rest of the changes in the world and in the USA.
435 My copy came in Wednesday evening. Group read?
Royal Wedding??? (12 new)
Apr 27, 2011 10:05AM

435 I suspect it's two of the American Dreams
1) to be rich and famous without having to do anything.
2) to not actually being the people responsible for paying to keep these people rich.
Royal Wedding??? (12 new)
Apr 26, 2011 10:39AM

435 It's covered way too much here in the USA.
(is that strong enough? )
Nov 15, 2010 04:09PM

435 Oh for sure, Slavery was economic - it made some folks filthy rich, and encouraged others to try large scale industrial farming to become rich. The south had some industries (indeed SC had the first clothing mill, and Georgia had several pre-war; and Georgia even had early mill villages)*, but large industrial farming with slave labor was much more promising for profits. Since in most cases, neither slaves nor free blacks could legally travel, there was not much moving up north (and the North traditionally used young unmarried white women as factory workers).

*I'm researching the church at Troup Factory, Georgia, in case anyone knows anything....
Nov 09, 2010 06:09AM

435 another good place to get history books to read without buying them, is the local library.
Sep 30, 2010 05:08PM

435 Manuel - oddly enough, we down here in Dixie weren't that thrilled by the ending - no doubt why some of us keep saying the North cheated. ;-)
My grandmother's family lived near where Sherman's troops ended. I grew up 200 miles southeast, near where Sherman's troops walked. I now live another 200 miles southeast, and Sherman's troops walked near by here as well. I grew up hearing stories from those who talked to folks who were there.
Sep 30, 2010 01:57PM

435 Marion: It was Preston Brooks who beat Charles Sumner with his cane in 1856. John C. Calhoun died in 1850.
The 1860 Republican platform did not call for the abolition of slavery, but the non-expansion of slavery into territories (I didn't actually read the platform which is on the web, but a summary), you could be right about returning slave-free in 1861, is there a source on the web (I prefer primary to secondary).
Sep 29, 2010 09:19AM

435 You missed the big point of a Lincoln comprise (which I feel sure the author did not). Most of the southern States had already declared their independence prior to Lincoln taking office - so the comprise to avoid the war was to recognize the new country.
Mythbusters... (165 new)
Mar 03, 2010 09:05AM

435 not true, it's a misunderstanding of a one vote miss in Virginia in the late 1700s to have some laws printed and circulated in German.
source: well if you believe the US government, you can
go with
Nov 28, 2009 04:10AM

435 we already have a huge tangle of difficult to understand rules - ask anyone who works for a doctors office.
Aug 13, 2009 12:27PM

435 Victor Davis - champion swimmer
Aug 12, 2009 03:36PM

435 Ogden Nash - poet of light verse
Aug 12, 2009 10:29AM

435 isadora duncan - dancer
Aug 11, 2009 06:50PM

435 Nathan Hale - failed spy in the american revoluntion
Aug 11, 2009 11:30AM

435 Rudolph Valentino, silent film star and sheik
Aug 11, 2009 04:06AM

435 Frank Loyd Wright - building desinger
Aug 08, 2009 07:07PM

435 Ok, she does have her own wikipedia page
Aug 08, 2009 05:36PM

435 i was wondering the same thing,,,, can't be THAT easy when you don't know who the person is when you hear the name.
Aug 06, 2009 03:24PM

435 could we just have someone else go?
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