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Take This U.S. History Quiz

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U.S. History Quiz

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The first black baseball player in the Major Leagues was Jackie Robinson.

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Ponce de Leon went to Florida to seek the mythical fountain of youth.

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George Wallace was considered racist for saying, "I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is a physical difference between the two which . . . will probably forever forbid their living together, . . . and I am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position."

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White Americans forced roaming Indians to settle down and farm.

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Who Said the Following Quotation: "Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."

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Who Said the Following Quotation: "It is above all to be remembered that the war did not originate with the North, but with the South. The North finds itself on the defensive."

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Who Said the Following Quotation: "Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth, to see it like it is and to tell it like it is, to find the truth, to speak the truth and live with the truth."

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Who were the first non-Native settlers in what is now the United States?

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Who were the first "pilgrims" (escaping religious persecution in Europe) in what is now the United States?

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When was the term "Pilgrims" first used for the early British settlers of Massachusetts?

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What was the population of the Americas in 1492?

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What percentage of the Native Americans of coastal New England was killed by a disease transmitted by Europeans and Africans three years before the Pilgrims landed?

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Which of these wars cost the most American lives in combat, as a proportion of the total population?

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Which war cost the most lives in total numbers?

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Which war gets the least coverage in American history textbooks?

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What western hemisphere people were quick to aid George Washington's forces in the American Revolution?

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Who segregated the federal government?

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Woodrow Wilson sent American troops into which of the following countries?

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Which one statement about Christopher Columbus is true?

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For how many years did the Norse visit North America?

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Which of these Americans could be considered a communist?

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Why did the Wilson Administration prosecute Robert Goldstein (and get him ten years in prison)?

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How did Squanto learn English?

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