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This section has been created to answer some of the most popular and interesting history-related questions our users may ask. In Ask HistoryOnTheNet, we hope to provide many interesting tidbits of information that make history all the more fascinating.

If you share our passion for history and have any questions you would like to see answered, we would love to hear from you. If you have any other suggestions or think we don’t quite have our facts straight, you are also more than welcome to contact us.

What is the 13th Amendment?

The 13th Amendment is a large milestone in the history of African-Americans. This amendment to the U.S. constitution abolishes slavery and any service done involuntarily (except by court order as a punishment for a crime.) When Was the 13th Amendment Added to the...

What is Manifest Destiny?

Manifest Destiny refers to the attitude in America during the 1800’s when pioneers settled the country and believed that the U.S. was destined to stretch across the whole continent, from the one coast to the other. The phrase was used by politicians at the time...

Benjamin Franklin’s Inventions

Benjamin Franklin was not only one of the founding fathers, he was also a printer, postmaster, diplomat, leading author, scientist, swimmer and inventor. In between engineering the U.S. postal system, starting the first lending library in the U.S., running a print...

Fun Facts About George Washington

George Washington, the first president of the U.S. is a legendary figure who left a great legacy through the accomplishments in his life. Because of his fame, there are also many legends and stories about him that are doing the rounds. Let’s explore some of the fun...

What Was the Declaration of Sentiments?

The Declaration of Sentiments was read by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and signed by 32 men and 68 women during the first ever women’s rights convention in America that was organized by women. The conference took place in Seneca Falls New York in July, 1848 and was...

Jackie Robinson Facts

Jackie Robinson played an important role in the end of racial segregation in American sports. When he became the first black player to in the major baseball leagues by signing with Brooklyn Dodgers, he broke a very important, unwritten color barrier in the sports...

How Tall was Abraham Lincoln?

President Lincoln was one of the tallest presidents of the United states, along with Lyndon B. Johnson. Both presidents were 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm) tall and towered over their opponents. Some observers think that the public prefers taller candidates, which is why...

What Was The Underground Railroad?

Unlike implied by its name, the Underground Railroad did not involve trains that ran underground. It was actually a network of secret safe houses with routes in-between through which African-American slaves were helped to escape to freedom. This network was...

Famous Women in History

Women have always played an important role in society and have greatly influenced history. Since ancient times women have been leaders of groups of people, maintained peace, inspired wars, made discoveries and changed the lives of others. To come up with a...

Why Did Hitler Hate Jews?

Looking at the horrible way Jews were treated during the Holocaust, Hitler’s hate for them must have been really extreme and apparently there were enough Germans supporting his notion that Jews needed to be eradicated. But what caused all of this? Historians today...
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