History of the United States

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Asked in History of the United States, US Presidents, Gerald Ford

What US President was not elected either President or Vice President?

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Gerald R. Ford. Ford was selected and confirmed as the vice President on December 6, 1973, while he was a US Congressman, after the resignation of Vice president Spiro T. Agnew. Ford then became President on August 9, 1974 with the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. (Ford ran for reelection but was defeated by Jimmy Carter in 1976, so he was never elected President or vice president.)
Asked in History of the United States, Colonial America

Did the New Englanders settle the cape fear region?

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The Pilgrims settled the Cap Cod region in Massachusetts. Cape Fear is in North Carolina.
Asked in History of the United States

What is Custer's historical significance?

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There were TWO catagories of Frontier fighting during the westward movement days of America's westward expansion. The East and the West. The Eastern wars fought during the 1600's and 1700's and early 1800's against the Blackhawks, Seminoles, Mohawks, Mohicans were FAR BLOODIER than the war's fought in the west, especially after the US Civil War (1861-1865). The western frontier wars against the Sioux, Cheyanne, Blackfoot, Commanche, and Apache, began in the 1800's and steadily picked up steam as the movement west accelerated. But fighting in the open regions of the plains resulted in a war of manuever, and smaller casualties for both combatants; when compared to fighting in the thick forests of the east. Thick forests forced combatants to group up into massed targets, and allowed massed firings of weapons at extremely CLOSE RANGE, and close hand to hand fighting in the shaded darkness of the forests. LTC Custer's (US Army) command suffered the highest casualties during the war in the West, and his whole "Command" with him in it, was destroyed in 1876. His regiment was NOT destroyed, only his COMMAND GROUP (all of the officers of the 7th Regiment, minus his XO's command (Major Reno), CPT Benteen's command re-united with MAJ Reno's-establishing ONE command under MAJ Reno). Dime novels, the Wild West Shows under Buffalo Bill, and later Hollywood would be responsible for raising "Custer's Last Stand" or, for the term used today, "The Battle of the Little Big Horn" to popular status.
Asked in History of the United States, US Presidents, US Constitution

Who elects the US president?

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The election of the president and the vice president of the United States is an indirect election in which citizens of the United States who are registered to vote in one of the fifty U.S. states or in Washington, D.C., cast ballots not directly for those offices, but instead for members of the U.S. Electoral College, known as electors.[note 1] These electors then in turn cast direct votes, known as electoral votes, for president, and for vice president. The candidate who receives an absolute majority of electoral votes (at least 270 out of a total of 538, since the Twenty-Third Amendment granted voting rights to citizens of D.C.) is then elected to that office. If no candidate receives an absolute majority of the votes for president, the House of Representatives chooses the winner; if no one receives an absolute majority of the votes for vice president, then the Senate chooses the winner. en.wikipedia.org
Asked in History of the United States, US Presidents

Who was the first President of the United States?

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General George Washington (1732-1799) was the first President of the United States of America under the US Constitution. He was elected in 1787 and again in 1792 and served as President from April 30,1789 until March 4, 1797. The Hanson argument-- Sometimes, John Hanson is referred to as the first US president due to his ancestors' success of convincing the Maryland Legislature that he was the first President to serve under the articles of Confederation--- but that is NOT the same as the elected President of the US. The Hanson Family's lobbying effort was so complete that in 1903 Maryland included his statue, as one of two, allocated for each state in the US Capitol's Statuary Hall. Although Hanson served as President of the United States Congress Assembled, under the Articles of Confederation, , this was very different from that of a modern-day U.S. Presidency. Moreover, Hanson was actually the third President of the United States in Congress Assembled. The Articles of Confederation Presidency lineage as follows: Samuel Huntington was the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled. This was under the Articles of Confederation, March 1, 1781 to July 6, 1781. Thomas McKean was the second President of the United States in Congress Assembled elected on July 10th, 1781 and served until November 4th, 1781. John Hanson was the third President of the United States in Congress Assembled. He was elected by the United States in Congress Assembled Delegates on November 5, 1781 to November 4, 1782. He was the first President to serve a full one year term under the Articles of Confederation. The position of President of the United States Congress Assembled would be more closely analogous to the Prime Minister of a country with a parliament or the current position of Speaker of the House in the USA .
Asked in History of the United States, Flags, Flag of the United States

What do the stripes on the US flag represent?

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Meaning of Red and White Stripes on US Flag There was an act that said that the flag of the thirteen United States would have thirteen stripes, alternated with red and white, and the union would be thirteen stars, white in a field of blue, representing a new constellation. Attributed to George Washington was that it takes the stars from the heavens, and the red from our mother country, separated by white stripes, and the white stripes would mean liberty. More input from Wikifriendus Contributors: The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. The colors have a different meaning. White represents courage and red represents the blood shed. The number of the stripes - 13 - signifies the 13 colonies of the time. The red, historically, represents the British while the white stripes cutting through the red is a political statement against Great Britain and its rule over the colonies. You will find that many flags of the time, including the flag of George Rogers Clark carried the tradition of intersected red fields. What I have found about what do the "colors" represent, are: Red-Hardiness, courage, White-Purity, innocence, Blue-Vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The web page ushistory.org gave me information about the Flag. It is said that the stars were taken from the sky, the red was inspired by the British colors, and the white stripes indicate secession from the home country. Yet, there is no official meaning for the colors of the flag. The red, white, and blue colors on the American flag represent philosophical values. Red: Blood, war, and courage. Blue: Justice and Freedom. White: Purity. The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. The colors have different meanings. White means courage and red means bloodshed. Well, the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies of the U.S.A.. It used to be 1 stripe and star for each state, but with each new state that joined, another stripe and star had to be added. Eventually, there were so many stripes, it was decided that there would be only 13 stripes to honor the first 13 colonies and just a star for each state. June 14, 1777, congress declares the flag should have thirteen white stars in a blue background and thirteen alternate red and white stripes. The red means hardiness and valor. White signifies purity and innocence. Blue is the color of the Chief. The star symbolizes heaven and the goal all man have been striving for. The stripe is a ray of light from the sun.
Asked in History of the United States, Mount Rushmore

Whose faces are carved on Mount Rushmore?

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George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are depicted on Mount Rushmore in that order from left to right. George Washington, (1st president) led the early colonial army in the American Revolutionary War to win independence from Great Britain. Because of his importance and his role in creating the United States, Washington is the most prominent figure on the mountain. (1732-1799) Thomas Jefferson, (3rd president) he was the author of the Declaration of Independence, a document which inspires democracies around the world. He also purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 which doubled the size of our country, adding all or part of fifteen present-day states. (1743-1826) Theodore Roosevelt, (26th president) provided leadership when America experienced rapid economic growth as it entered the 20th Century. He was instrumental in negotiating the construction of the Panama Canal, linking the east and the west. He was known as the "trust buster" for his work to end large corporate monopolies and ensure the rights of the common working man. He is also the leading land conservationist in world history, setting aside over 230 million acres for conservation purposes. (1858-1919) Abraham Lincoln, (16th president) held the nation together during its greatest trial, the Civil War. Lincoln believed his most sacred duty was the preservation of the union. His efforts put an end to slavery. (1809-1865).
Asked in History of the United States, Flags, Flag of the United States

What do the stripes represent on the US flag?

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The 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies that formed the US. The original act of Congress said that the flag of the thirteen United States would have thirteen stripes, alternated with red and white, and the union would be thirteen stars, white in a field of blue, representing a new constellation. The stripes represented the 13 states of the Union. Attributed to George Washington was that it takes the stars from the heavens, and the red from our mother country, separated by white stripes, and the white stripes would mean liberty. As new states were added, a stripe and star was added for each state, But when the flag reached 15 stars and stripes, it was reverted so that the stripes remain at 13 to honor the first 13 colonies and a star is added for each state. More input from Wikifriendus Contributors: The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. The colors have a different meaning. White represents courage and red represents the blood shed. The number of the stripes - 13 - signifies the 13 colonies of the time. The red, historically, represents the British while the white stripes cutting through the red is a political statement against Great Britain and its rule over the colonies. You will find that many flags of the time, including the flag of George Rogers Clark carried the tradition of intersected red fields. What I have found about what do the "colors" represent, are: Red-Hardiness, courage, White-Purity, innocence, Blue-Vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The web page ushistory.org gave me information about the Flag. It is said that the stars were taken from the sky, the red was inspired by the British colors, and the white stripes indicate secession from the home country. Yet, there is no official meaning for the colors of the flag. The red, white, and blue colors on the American flag represent philosophical values. Red: Blood, war, and courage. Blue: Justice and Freedom. White: Purity. The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. The colors have different meanings. White means courage and red means bloodshed. June 14, 1777, congress declares the flag should have thirteen white stars in a blue background and thirteen alternate red and white stripes. The red means hardiness and valor. White signifies purity and innocence. Blue is the color of the Chief. The star symbolizes heaven and the goal all man have been striving for. The stripe is a ray of light from the sun.
Asked in History of the United States, US Civil War, The Great Depression

How did the role of the federal government in US citizens lives change during the period of Reconstruction?

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The major effect of the Great Depression and the New Deal on America was expanded government intervention into new areas of social and economic affairs and the creation of more social assistance agencies at the national level. The relationship between the national government and the people changed drastically. The government took on a greater role in the everyday social and economic lives of the people. The New Deal programs of FDR also created a liberal political alliance made up of labor unions, blacks and other ethnic and religious minorities, intellectuals, the poor, and some farmers. These groups became the backbone of the Democratic Party for decades following the Depression. As the federal government grew with new agencies and reform attempts, the cost of government increased. The grow of the government continued following the New Deal. The Great Depression and the New Deal measure led to the domestic programs of JFK's New Frontier, and LBJ's Great Society and War on Poverty. The New Deal measures have also an influence on the current Obama administration, in its attempts to stimulate the economy. The reconstruction took power away from the States and put them in the hands of s central government. The Nation was based on the States rights and having sovereignty FROM the Federal Government. The Federal Government was initially formed to act as a meeting place and body for the States to come together and make law. That has all changed. States Rights no longer supersede Federal rights. In our country today, Federal Law is the law of the land. This country can only be run by the citizens of the individual states, That was why the Senate and Congress were set up, So each state was represented in the Federal Government. When new federal programs took the lead, the state became the pawns of Big Government and now, if a State does not comply with Federal Law or recommendations, they are penalized by the Federal Government.
Asked in World War 2, History of the United States

How did World War 2 affect the US economy?

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WWII and the US Economy World War 2 was one of the reasons the Great Depression ended. World War 2 gave jobs to thousands, if not millions, of people in the U.S. Soldiers were paid and some sent money home, men too old to be in the army replaced the men that were at war, and women worked in factories to build aeroplane's, ships, tanks, etc. WW2 created much needed jobs in factories involving the production of war supplies. It jump started us out of the Great Depression and boosted the stock market. The second world war helped us become the strongest country we are today. By mobilizing the unemployed, we aided our economy. Although war is a time of hardships and usually poverty, World War 2 had many positive effects for America. One point of prosper was economy. Some said that the Second World War put an end to the Great Depression. Many of America's products went overseas and by 1943, half of the country's production went overseas. Americans were then forced to buy less of such products, but soon spent there money on things such as newspapers, movies, and promotion toward the war because of the shortage of supplies. From 1941-1944 newspapers sold daily increased four folds. Hollywood made over 2,500 motion pictures during the war also. In 1942, the War Advertising Council was formed. It conducted more than 100 campaigns to sell war bonds, secure blood donations, conserve food, and inspire enlistments. And with the change of spending money also came the change of earning money. Farmers made $20 billion in 1944 unlike the late 1930s, which had an average of only $8 billion. The war also caused a shortage of employees. This raised the annual earnings to $44 billion compared to 1939's $13 billion. With the men gone at war, women would soon fill in those empty jobs to support their families. Government propaganda encouraged women to do their patriotic duty by leaving their homes and entering the workplace. At the wartime peak in July 1944, 19 million women were employed. But women workers weren't the only group that enlarged during the war, but also child labor increased over two folds. Because of these factors, the average family income rose over 25% from 1941-1945. In the beginning of the war, 1941, the national income was around $95 billion dollars, but by 1944 it rose to $150 billion. World War 2 greatly improved our economy. Women got the taste of working outside the home, the stock market was on the uprising again. People were starting to make money and become prosperous. The government used ads to help boost liberty bonds, blood donations, reserving supplies for the troops and the entertainment industry. America proved to other nations that we are a strong country. Germany was really on the back hand of the USA 's stock market plunge. After the hyperinflation in Germany the USA gave out billions of marks worth of loans to help rebuild the economy. When the stock markets fell in the US the US demanded all there loans payed back ASAP. then Germany was back to were it started. They could not spend it due to rationing, one sees the raise of excessive buying. This increase in purchasing lead to more factory jobs, etc... Also now more and more women were joining the work force - again increasing production. Furthermore the idea of the shopping mall spread from eight at the end of the WWII to 3,840 but 1960. The U.S. was in large part lifted out of the great depression by selling strategic goods and materials like tools, machinery, petroleum, metals, and grain to both sides since we were neutral at first. Once we were sucked in by the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the economy shifted into overdrive and measures had to be taken to keep inflation from soaring out of control. After the war was over, the seeds of our modern "Consumer based" economy had been sown and grew like wildfire. Technology had taken great leaps forward. Before the war women rarely worked outside the home and only in limited professions. Afterwards the women who had worked to support the war and replace men in the Services liked the money and independence their own jobs gave them and they stayed in the workforce. Finally, we shifted in a massive way from mostly farming to mostly manufacturing jobs and services. Europe was devastated by the war but the U.S. emerged more militarily and economically powerful than ever. Economists of the Keynesian school propagated this idea that World War 2 was good for the US economy. In particular, a government economist who did central planning and price fixing during the war named Paul Samuelson wrote economics textbooks that became widely used in schools. Most modern economists these days are not Keynesian. Destruction is never productive. War does not boost an economy. The benefits are short lived and shallow. Many economists believed that FDR prolonged the depression for many years with his "New Deal" policies and therefore the depression lasted into World War 2. The war did not end the depression. The end of the war ended the depression. Going into World War II, the US was in one of the worst economic downturns of the country's history. Money was allocated for the wartime effort and some of the "New Deal" promises were dropped to the wayside. As the US entered the war, job demand began to increase on the home front as people were needed to manufacture war supplies. The need was so great, not only men were being hired but also women. By the mid 1940s, the pre-wartime unemployment rate dropped over 10%.
Asked in History of the United States, Texas, Battle of the Alamo

Did the defenders of the Alamo use Gatling guns?

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No, the Gatling Gun was not invented until almost thirty years after the fall of the Alamo.
Asked in History of the United States, Hawaii

When did Hawaii become a US State?

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Hawaii was annexed as a territory in June of 1898 by an Act of Congress, and became a state on 21 August 1959, becoming the 50th state to join the union.
Asked in Founding Fathers, History of the United States, US Constitution

What state did not send delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787?

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Rhode Island. The State's leaders refused to participate in the Constitutional Convention because they believed it was a conspiracy to overthrow the current government, which was operating under the Articles of Convention. Patrick Henry, who would have been their delegate, declared he "smelt a rat," and didn't want to participate in a project that threatened state sovereignty.
Asked in Founding Fathers, History of the United States, US Constitution

Which Founding Fathers signed the Constitution?

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George WASHINGTON, President New Hampshire: JOHN LANGDON, NICHOLAS GILMAN Massachusetts: NATHANIEL GORHAM, RUFUS KING Connecticut: WM. SAML. JOHNSON, ROGER SHERMAN New York: ALEXANDER HAMILTON New Jersey: WIL. LIVINGSTON, DAVID BREARLEY, WM. PATERSON, JONA. DAYTON Pennsylvania: B. FRANKLIN, THOMAS MIFFLIN, ROBT MORRIS, GEO. CLYMER, THOS. FITZSIMONS, JARED INGERSOLL, JAMES WILSON, GOUV MORRIS Delaware: GEO. READ, GUNNING BEDFORD jun, JOHN DICKINSON, RICHARD BASSETT, JACO. BROOM Maryland: JAMES MCHENRY, DAN OF ST THOS. JENIFER, DANL CARROLL Virginia: JOHN BLAIR, JAMES MADISON jr North Carolina: WM. BLOUNT, RICHD. DOBBS SPAIGHT, HU WILLIAMSON South Carolina: J. RUTLEDGE, CHARLES COTESWORTH PINCKNEY, CHARLES PINCKNEY, PIERCE BUTLER Georgia: WILLIAM FEW, ABR BALDWIN
Asked in History of the United States, Conspiracy Theories, John F. Kennedy

Who assassinated John F. Kennedy?

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There have been thousands of books, most have theories of thier own, as to how President Kennedy died and who fired the fatal bullet. Theory 1) The fatal bulet was fired from the Grassy Knoll Theory 2) Leee Harvey Oswald did it. Theory 3) Jack Ruby did it, and the next day killed Oswald* *Nothing was ever conclusive except the Warren Commission Report, and some of that was speculation. Oswald, when in The Marines, was an expert marksman. At the Texas schoolbook depository, on the 6th floor, Oswald had 2 vantage points; 1 was watching the President & Mrs. Kennedy approach the Plaza, and the other vantage point gave a tough view of President & Mrs. Kennedy. Oswald was not a fan of Kennedy, nor Connelly, or even the United States. He was in Russia after the Marines and, though he had not sworn allegience, he was happy there. Meanwhile Jack Ruby was in Chicago, supposedly. He heard of the assassination and to to make it correct. So he flew out of O'Hare and landed at DFW. Or did he? Now if you were alive in November 1963, you saw Lee harvey Oswald get shot by Jack Ruby who was able to just wander into the Texas Rangers' parking garage. I think Oswald had zero to do with the assassination, and Ruby pulled the trigger and killed the President, and later Oswald, to make it look as though Oswald had actually beenguilty the entire time.
Asked in India, History of the United States, Native American History, History of India

What is the difference between American freedom struggle and Indian freedom struggle?

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American freedom struggle is through wars and bloodshed killing the Native Indians whereas the Indian struggle was a peaceful one - though with the blood of the sacrifices of martyrs..
Asked in History of the United States, US Presidents

What US president was elected four times?

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was the only U.S. President elected to four terms: 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944. He died on April 12, 1945, only three months into his fourth term, and was succeeded by his Vice President, Harry Truman. On February 27, 1951, almost 7 years after FDR's death, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified essentially limiting the term of the U.S. President to two 4-year terms.* Prior to the 22nd Amendment, there was no limit on the number of terms a President could service. Prior to FDR, Presidents followed a precedent set by George Washington to only serve two terms, even though they were not required to limit themselves. *The 22nd Amendment actually allows an individual to serve a maximum of 10 years as President, but they can only be elected as President for 2 terms. In order for an individual to serve as President for 10 years, they would have to first be Vice President and assume the Presidency with less than 2 years remaining of the outgoing President's term, and then win 2 terms as President.
Asked in History of the United States, China and Chinese Territories, US Government

Is China better than the United States?

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The Debate The most commonly debated ideas between the two: Society and Demographics Pointing out the obvious, China's 1.34 billion population far outsizes the 314 million people in the United States (US). However, in terms of total geographical area, China and the US are on par at around 9,700,000 km2. As a result, China has a population density more than 4 times that of the US. The US has a much higher human development index (HDI), which it ranks 4th compared to China which ranks 101st. However, prevalence of HIV/AIDS and obesity among adults in the US is 6 times and 12 times more than of that in China respectively. The average life expectancy in China stands at 74.8 years, slightly lower than 78.4 years in the US, which can be attributed to higher incomes and better healthcare in the US. The US is one of the world's most ethnically-diverse and multicultural nations due to large-scale immigration from countries all over the world. Migration rates in the US stand at 3.62/1000 people, in stark contrast to China's which is -0.33/1000 people. And even though China has a lower urbanization percentage at 51.3% as compared to 82.0% in the US, it has a higher urbanization rate of 2.3% to 1.2% of the US'. China's literacy rate of 95.9% is also sightly lower than the US' 99.0%. In the 2009 international PISA test taken by 15-years-old students, Chinese students have shocked the world by topping the scores in all reading, math and science subjects, while the Americans ranked in the middle range, a position they have held for a long time. This can be attributed to the hardworking attitudes of the Chinese. Due to the one-child policy that has been implemented in China since 1970 to prevent its population from exerting huge strains on the country's limited resources, the population growth rate in China is at a shockingly low figure of 0.481% as compared to 0.899% in the US. A social mindset which favours males over females has also resulted in an imbalanced sex ratio of 1.17 males for every female under the age of 15 in China as compared to 1.05 males per female in the US. Forced abortions of female foetuses occur comparatively frequently, especially in rural areas of China where people still hold on to outdated thinkings like favouritism for males. Government Even though China's main political party is called 'The Communist Party of China (CPC)', China's model is one of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and has embraced capitalism fervently. This has no doubt caused much misconceptions about the Chinese social and political model, with many retaining the thinking that China is communist or even a dictatorship. The CPC is the world's largest political party comprising of approximately 80 million members nationwide. Leaders are replaced and the cabinet is reshuffled once in a decade, with the President and Premier and other members of the Politburo Standing Committee being elected internally by top party members instead of the citizens. China has vowed to bring about political reforms, but stated that its priority is currently economic reforms. Small democratic experiments have been made at the local level, with elections for the village committee members being held. One notable example would be the southern Chinese fishing village of Wukan in Guangdong Province. The CPC has also dedicated Shenzhen, a miracle of economic reform, as the first mainland city to hold democratic elections in a bid for political reform. On the other hand, the US is one of the world's most democratic nations, with the two main political parties being the Republican and the Democratic Parties. The President of the United States is being elected by the people every term, which lasts four years. This model of governance is being exported and encouraged in other developing nations, especially in the wake of the Arab Spring. This sometimes-intrusive replication of the democratic model without regard for local historical and cultural contexts results in many conflicts between locals and Americans, which partly explains the hostile sentiments of muslims in the Middle Eastern states towards Americans. Military Power By manpower and active personnel, China far outranks the United States. In reference to technology and military advancement, the United States currently places ahead, although China is making a quick comeback. The United States is far more superior when concerning nuclear weapons and has a much higher budget for military. China is raising its military expenditure year-on-year in a bid to catch up with the US' superiority in military technology. The result of war pitched between these two superpowers remains inconclusive, though many agree that both could completely wipe out every other country on Earth with a snap of their fingers due to their huge nuclear arsenal. In this, they are usually considered to be equal. Economic Power From the fall of the Qing Dynasty to the Mao era, China underwent a series of industrial revolutions in an attempt to catch up with western powers. However, there were many obstacles and failed policies that did not result in the emergence of a strong economy during that time, for example, the Japanese invasion during World War II and Mao Zedong's 'Great Leap Forward'. After the Mao era, Deng Xiaoping, Mao's successor, initiated a series of economic reforms in the 1980s, introducing a free market system and abolishing government control on the matter. This vastly improved the standards of living in China. In the US, economic freedom had always been in place, allowing it to prosper and advance dramatically. In comparison to China, the United States only had one industrial revolution. However, it was enough to push it to a superpower level next to Great Britain in the 1800s. The gross domestic product (GDP) of the United States, both total and per capita, remains substantially higher than China's. However, the labor force, growth rate, and rate of unemployment in China is significantly better than in the United States. The United States also has a substantially higher national debt than China. Its federal reserves of gold are also lower than China and it tends to import more than it exports, resulting in an unfavorable trade balance. In contrast, China exports more than it imports, has little national debt, and has lower government expenditures. However, the United States outranks China in all energy resource productions. China also holds the world's largest foreign-exchange reserves, standing at US$3.24 trillion as of Jun 2012. This is in stark contrast to the US' US$150 billion. On the individual level, the US far outstrips China in terms of the number of High Net Worth Individuals (HWNIs). The US has 412 billionaires and 3,068,000 millionaires while China has only 95 billionaires and 562,000 millionaires in 2011. However, due to macroeconomic effects of both countries, the growth rate of number of HWNIs in China races ahead, with a 5.0% growth from 2010 to 2011, while the US suffered a decline in number of HWNIs during the same period. The United States has a much higher GDP per capita as compared to China. Due to the fact that the US has less than 25% of China's population and a little less than 3 times of China's GDP, the US has a GDP per capita of more than 10 times that of China. As such, for China to overtake the US in terms of GDP per capita, it would have to raise its GDP to more than 4 times that of the US. As a result, it would most likely experience an unusual phenomenon: It will exist as both a developed and developing country at the same time, based on total GDP and GDP per capita respectively. Environment There are various discussions on the environmental impacts due to industrialization. In 2007, China overtook the US to become the world's largest emitter of all greenhouse gases, also in top place for emissions of sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, CFCs and other ozone depleting substances. China has also overtaken the US to become the world's largest oil consumer in 2010. According to the World Bank, China is home to 20 of the 30 most polluted cities in the world, due to unhealthily large amounts of emissions by factories, motor vehicles and coal mining, with the most polluted city, Linfen, located in China. Loose environmental laws and regulations are also to blame. However, China has been investing heavily in green technology. In 2010, China overtook the US in terms of green investment. Its green investment expands in all fields. It currently has the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest dam in terms of energy production, and Dabancheng Wind Farm, the largest wind farm in Asia. It is planning the world's largest solar farm in Qinghai, made significant improvements in green vehicles and came up with tight transport regulations such as the one on car usage in Beijing. It must also be noted that China has a population of more than 4 times that of the US, so in terms of emissions per capita, such as carbon dioxide, the US, although not top in the world, is about 4 times that of China's. Moreover, China, dubbed the factory of the world, houses factories from all around the world. This means that emissions are exported to China from developed countries in the form of factories, and it is reported to make up about 40% of all emissions.
Asked in History of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon Bonaparte

What influenced Napoleon Bonaparte to sell the Louisiana territory?

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Napoleon Bonaparte was rebuilding the power of France in Europe and attempting to regain much of its colonial empire. In a secret treaty between and Spain, Napoleon regained the vast amount of territory it had years ago ceded to Spain. The territory covered what is now the US State of Louisiana, and expanded to areas northwest of the Mississippi River. The territory was about 828,000 square miles.US President Thomas Jefferson understood the importance of not having a strong French presence in the city of New Orleans. At the same time, he also wanted to prevent the British Empire from gaining more territory in North America should the British seize New Orleans in event of a war between the two European superpowers. The world was unsure of Napoleon's specific plans for French expansion. Jefferson was surprised when he learned from his minister in France, David Livingston, that Napoleon offered to sell to the US the entire territory of Louisiana. Because of the strength of the British navy, and the uncertainty in French Haiti, Napoleon believed he could not hold New Orleans from a British assault. Additionally, there was always the prospect of the US taking control of New Orleans and the Louisiana Territory. There was considerable opposition in the US for making a deal with France. Some, including Alexander Hamilton, believed that Napoleon would never sell New Orleans. Others believed that the US should take the City by force. It became known that the British did not want the US in New Orleans and that Napoleon's brothers were also against the sale. Nevertheless the deal was struck and with the help of James Madison, Jefferson made the deal. As an aside, opposition to the Purchase came from a variety of places. One was from the editors of the Alexander Hamilton owned New York Post and from the president of Harvard, Josiah Quincy.
Asked in History of the United States, Jewelry

Is bailey banks and biddle closing?

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Yes it did close, but it has reopened in five locations currently and online! They are looking to expand in the next 5 years. A link to their web site is below.
Asked in History of the United States

Who was Ah-Jon-Jon?

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Assiniboine Indian chief who was also known as "The Light" and depicted in pictures painted by the artist George Catlin in the 1830's
Asked in History of the United States, War and Military History, Mexico, Mexican-American War

What lands did the US acquire from Mexico after the Mexican War?

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The whole states of California, Nevada, Utah and Texas, as well as parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas. The original US-Mexico border was defined by the Sabine River north from the Gulf of Mexico to the 32nd parallel north (32°N), then due north to the Red River, west along the Red River to the 100th meridian west (100°W), due north to the Arkansas River, west to its headwaters, north to the 42nd parallel north (42°N), and finally west along that parallel to the Pacific Ocean. Texas was lost during the Texas Revolution (1835-1836). Territory of Texas at the time included present-day Texas, as well as those parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming described above. During the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) Mexico lost all the remaining territories, including present-day California, Nevada, Utah and the rest of Colorado as well as most of northern New Mexico and Arizona. Also at the end of the war Mexico was forced to cease any attempt on reclaiming Texas. This is also known as the Mexican Cession (1848). During the Gadsden Purchase (1853), Mexico sold parts of southern Arizona and New Mexico to the United States. This was the only peaceful purchase of land made from Mexico.