20JUL 2018
World War Two tanks

World War Two tanks

The Second World War witnessed the introduction of hundreds of cutting-edge and often bizarre weapons, many of which became quite famous. But there were plenty of others that never got the same kind of notoriety. Here are 11 weapons from WWII you probably never knew existed. Before we get started, it’s worth noting that all of the weapons listed here were put into action during…

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16JUL 2018
When was the American Revolutionary War

When was the American Revolutionary War

By William S. Price, Jr. Reprinted with permission from the Tar Heel Junior Historian . Fall 1992. Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, NC Museum of History Trouble Brewing By 1774, the year leading up to the Revolutionary War, trouble was brewing in America. Parliament (England s Congress) had been passing laws placing taxes on the colonists in America. There had been the Sugar…

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12JUL 2018
After 1945

After 1945

Please cite the original source – including the original data source – and this entry on Our World In Data. This entry can be cited as Max Roser (2015) – ‘War and Peace after 1945’. Retrieved from: [Online Resource] There are two reasons to split the presentation this way. Firstly, the availability and quality of data for wars after World War II is much better than for the time…

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08JUL 2018
Industrial Revolution Timeline of events

Industrial Revolution Timeline of events

Interior of a Cotton Gin. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection Continued from page 1 Updated . Important Inventors, Inventions, and Events of the Industrial Revolution Cotton and Cloth In 1794, Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin which made the separation of cotton seeds from fiber much faster. The South increased its cotton…

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04JUL 2018
Free Online American History Courses

Free Online American History Courses

Watch graduate-level American history courses on your own time and schedule The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Self-Paced Course series offers graduate-level courses taught by eminent historians, available to watch or listen to at your own time and pace. Courses in the series range from early American history through the end of the 20th century and feature some of…

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30JUN 2018
Effects of the Louisiana Purchase

Effects of the Louisiana Purchase

Consequences of the Louisiana Purchase The purchase of Louisiana Territory from France doubled the size of the United States and made it a continental power. However, it also created tension in Congress about the balance of slave and non-slave states, and it started talk of secession. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the Mississippi River was vital for transporting goods…

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26JUN 2018
Beginning of World War Two

Beginning of World War Two

German troops shown marching through Warsaw after their invasion of Poland in September 1939. (National Archives and Records Administration) Just over a week ago The Almanac featured The Nation ’s response to the Hitler-Stalin Pact, in which the leaders of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to divvy up Poland and, for a time, avoid direct confrontation in war. The almost-inevitable…

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21JUN 2018
African Americans role in the Civil War

African Americans role in the Civil War

The slaves of this time weren t forgotten because of the war. They were still slaves but just doing different work. The African Americans did things to benifit the war effort. They did things like keep the uniforms clean and in order, and they even were forced to fight in the war on some occasions. This could actually be okay for some of them who would rather die than be a slave…

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17JUN 2018
President after Abraham Lincoln

President after Abraham Lincoln

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from his assassin’s wounds. But if John Wilkes Booth’s plot were entirely successful, a little-known senator may have been thrust into the White House. Booth’s full plot included killing Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William Seward. General Ulysses Grant was another possible target. But only two attacks…

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