When, Why, and How did the US enter WW2

When did the US enter ww2?

It’s September 3rd, 1939. The late summer sun is making one of its final descents, but the air remains heavy and warm. You’re sitting at the kitchen table, reading the Sunday Times. Your wife, Caroline, is in the kitchen, preparing the Sunday meal. Your three sons are on the street below, playing. There was a …

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The XYZ Affair: Diplomatic Intrigue and a Quasi-War with France

XYZ affair

The United States was formally born in 1776 when it declared itself independent from Great Britain. But when dealing with international diplomacy, there is no time for a learning curve — it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there.  This was something the United States learned early in its infancy when its friendly relationship with France was …

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The Great Compromise: Definition and Impact on US History

The Great Compromise

In the stifling Philadelphia heat of 1787, while most of the city’s residents were on holiday down at the shore (not really — this is 1787), a small group of wealthy, White men were deciding the fate of a nation, and in many ways, the world.  They had, knowingly or unknowingly, become the chief architects …

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The Wilmot Proviso: Definition, Date, and Purpose

The Wilmot Proviso

Throughout the 19th century, during the period known as the Antebellum Era, Congress, and American society as a whole, was tense.  Northerners and Southerners, who never really got along anyway, were engaging in a White-hot (see what we did there?) debate over the issue of slavery — specifically, whether or not it should be permitted …

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Townshend Act of 1767: Definition, Date, and Duties

Townshend Act

In 1767, the king of England, George III, found himself with a situation on his hands.  His colonies in North America — all thirteen of them — were terribly inefficient at lining his pockets. Trade had been severely deregulated for many years, taxes were not collected with consistency, and local colonial governments had been left …

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