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Need help sourcing a quote

I could have sworn I read Ta-Nehisi Coates write somewhere on the internet something along the lines of - "The North didn't win the Civil War, America did." The thinking behind this was that the war shouldn't be framed as "North vs. South" - but rather, "America vs. the CSA" or "America vs. some traitors." Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on May 23, 2014 - 5 answers

American Presidential Quote: "Of all the imperfect forms of government"

Having a little trouble finding the source for this quote. Believe it was Reagan. who said "Of all the imperfect forms of government, our is the best man has so far come up with."
posted by Nicholas Geary on Apr 14, 2014 - 4 answers

What was the last major racially-segregated event in the US?

Does anyone know what the last segregated event was in the US ? I'm curious about "major events", say around 10,000 people. [more inside]
posted by dubold on Feb 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Are we there yet? 17th Century Version.

How long did it take to sail from the Americas to England in 1609? And vice versa? [more inside]
posted by Big_B on Nov 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Questions about the 1970s phase of the Vietnam War

My knowledge of the Vietnam War is not as complete as I would like it to be. My own internal representation of its 1960s period is fairly strong but it fades a little at the 1970s/Vietnamization phase of the war. So I'm posing the following questions: [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Non-anti-communist Cold War books

I'm looking for int'l relations and/or history books about the Cold War which don't depict the Communist world as a highly organised, monolithic organisation intentionally seeking world domination and which discuss the failures of American intervention/rollback/containment/etc. (I am not looking for propaganda from the other side; scholarly works would be best.) Thanks in advance ^_^
posted by myitkyina on Sep 3, 2013 - 6 answers

What are the best American historic sites east of the Mississippi

My husband and I want to carefully plan a series of American History field trips for our family, to take place over the next 3-6 years. We live in Northern New England and are, ourselves, pretty conversant in US History. Can you help us plan what we should see and -- most importantly -- what order we should see it in? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Aug 16, 2013 - 36 answers

I'm looking for a quote from a founding father about leaving government

I remember reading something, somewhere from one of the founding fathers about the original intent of legislators to NOT be a political class. To serve a term or two and go home so that people from outside could contribute and people inside didn't get too jaded. Though maybe I'm adding a lot of subtext. Is there anything from any of the FF's on this that rings a bell? Do you have a quote or two?
posted by rileyray3000 on May 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Typical life in the 1840s?

Looking for recommendations of books that illustrate typical American life in the 1840s-- not Wild West-type stuff. Ideally New England-area. Fiction or non-fiction, either way. Thanks!
posted by shakespeherian on Nov 19, 2012 - 13 answers

Can you recommend some good books about the Civil War to me?

I'm doing some research on the nineteenth century in the U.S. and I've realized I need to understand the Civil War better. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jun 26, 2012 - 15 answers

I don't know anything about their race, history, or culture, but I'm sure they stand for everything we stand against.

Oddball American history question: Who was the worst Secretary of State? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Apr 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Cultural values affecting foreign policy?

To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Feb 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Why didn't those crazy kids get together earlier?

If the flat earth theory was unpopular in Europe, why did so few of them try to sail west before 1492? [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Nov 27, 2011 - 40 answers

When was the apex of American power?

When was the apex of American power? [Or: When did American power begin to decline?] [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Feb 22, 2011 - 32 answers

The Times They Are a-Changin'

In order to prepare a competitive examination, I've got to delve deep into North American counterculture history. What should I read ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Feb 8, 2011 - 26 answers

A child's history of racism in the US

Looking for a young adult reader that focused on the history of racism/oppression in America published in the 1990's. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore on Feb 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Why do they call you Red?... It must be because I am Irish.

Why do many Americans seem reluctant to define themselves as "American"? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor on Sep 26, 2010 - 128 answers

Have Americans evolved their speaking style/accent significantly in the past 50 years?

Have Americans evolved their speaking style/accent significantly in the past 50 years? I'm not talking about de-regionalizing of an accent. I'm talking about normal conversations, let's say with a midwestern, suburban accent. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Jun 2, 2010 - 27 answers

What did the blind slaves do?

In the U.S. slavery system, how did blind slaves work?
posted by coizero on Feb 15, 2010 - 10 answers

USA: A People's History

Is there an american series of documentary that tells the story of how USA came to be what it is? [more inside]
posted by PowerCat on Jan 21, 2010 - 6 answers

What were the liberals wrong about?

I socialize almost exclusively with friends who are politically liberal, spanning the spectrum from left-of-center progressive to the more radical fringe. Frequently, among ourselves, political conversation drifts inevitably toward variations on this theme:
"The history of our country has always proven liberalism correct and conservatism incorrect. The principles of those on the left have been validated over and over again, while those on the right have been proven wrong by the progress of history."
While I admit that this hypothesis is selfishly pleasing (I'm a liberal too, after all), it seems to me that it can't be completely true. But I don't have a strong enough grasp of American history to prove it wrong. So what am I missing? What have liberals been proven wrong about? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy on Dec 24, 2009 - 63 answers

Help me understand America.

Americans: if you had to represent the USA with only three things, what would they be? [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong on Oct 22, 2009 - 96 answers

There better not be an obvious google query for this.

I'm too ignorant to properly evaluate a historical claim that I just read. [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Mar 28, 2009 - 34 answers

What was a "Modern European Hotel" in the US in 1920?

What was a "Modern European Hotel" in the US in 1920? [more inside]
posted by tnygard on Mar 2, 2009 - 6 answers

Looking for a historical US atlas

Can you recommend a good historical atlas of the United States? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Nov 3, 2008 - 1 answer

Freemasons and early america?

Freemasons and the Founding Fathers of America/ links to early American history?! [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Oct 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Stories about WWI/WWII home fronts

Please recommend me some great books about the home front during WWI or WWII. [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Jul 21, 2008 - 26 answers

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details.

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jul 16, 2008 - 14 answers

American History via DVD

Seeking DVDs for a European to learn American history. Learning Company comes to mind, but your minds are more varied than mine. Any advice greatly appreciated.
posted by IndigoJones on Jun 13, 2008 - 12 answers

Presidential Speech Terms Cloud

Does anyone know the link to a website that displays a list of terms that are used by the president at speeches as a sort of cloud? For example: blah blah blah blah blah WAR blah blah TERROR blah blah TAX I've seen it before, I just can seem to find the link. The website also archives terms used in past speeches. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Dec 10, 2007 - 5 answers

American history in fifteen books or less

Help me create a comprehensive reading list on American history [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jul 17, 2006 - 37 answers

Help me understand Honduras.

Help me understand Honduras. [more inside]
posted by airguitar on Jan 25, 2006 - 7 answers

Good books to read before wandering about Central and South America

Good books to read before wandering about Central and South America for a few months? [more inside]
posted by airguitar on Nov 11, 2005 - 19 answers

Religious Conviction History

Has data ever been assembled showing the religous convictions of Americans over time, starting at the countries conception? A sort of compendium of the religious history of the United States... It seems as though such a thing should certainly exist, but I've yet to find it.
posted by phrontist on Feb 23, 2005 - 8 answers

What are some good sources for American political history reading?

AskMefi provided some great answers a few weeks ago to my solicitation for book recommendations. Now for a similar but unrelated question. I have a friend at law school who is an exchange student from Europe. He has had none of the mandated high school U.S. history curriculum that had been drilled into the heads of the rest of us years ago. As such, he would like some background on American political history to supplement our constitutional law lectures and McCloskey and Levinson's The American Supreme Court, which has been assigned for the class. Any suggestions?
posted by PrinceValium on Feb 5, 2004 - 5 answers

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