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Can you name the people who are mentioned in the wikipedia article 'History of the United States'?
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Wikipedia (as of 11/12/10)
Note: This does not include the references/sources at the bottom of the page. It also dosen't include people in pictures or captions.
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Nov 12th, 2010 at 22:13 GMT
I liked it- interesting to see what people were and included and which people were mentioned that are from other countries. How are edison, wright, and armstrong not in the article?
Nov 12th, 2010 at 23:54 GMT
Excellent quiz, but since wikipedia articles change all the time I'd add a (as of [date]) to the source
Nov 13th, 2010 at 15:50 GMT
Since I guessed "Hancock" and nothing came up, I'm considering adding him to the Wikipedia page.
Nov 13th, 2010 at 17:03 GMT
no benjamin franklin was a surprise
Nov 13th, 2010 at 17:13 GMT
I think this has made me realize that the Wikipedia page needs to be edited... Monica Lewinsky, but no Benjamin Franklin?
Nov 13th, 2010 at 17:32 GMT
There's only one S in Stephen Douglas's last name.
Nov 13th, 2010 at 18:26 GMT
@RS89: Thanks, its changed. Also, I looked again and Benjamin Franklin is there. I'm not sure if someone's just added him or whether I missed him when I was reading the article (it was quite late at night!), but anyway he's added. Thanks for the comments everyone.
Nov 13th, 2010 at 20:52 GMT
Along with the people jonesjeffum mentions, I found the lack of Jefferson Davis and Dwight D. Eisenhower particularly surprising. Rip Van Winkle is a work of literature, not a person - how can he be included but not Washington Irving?
Nov 13th, 2010 at 21:29 GMT
I'm sure some people are only mentioned in passing, and not because of their importance to the country's history. Part of the fun of the quiz was guessing who those references might be.
Nov 13th, 2010 at 22:01 GMT
@johnlk: Your right, Rip Van Winkle is a story! I was confused, since it was mentioned in the same sentence as a group of politicians. For some reason it mentions the story but not the author, so no Washington Irving.
Nov 13th, 2010 at 22:05 GMT
Great job. Please accept "Cabeza de Vaca".
Nov 13th, 2010 at 22:10 GMT
@ted: Done, and thanks ;)
Nov 14th, 2010 at 10:08 GMT
I agree there are some surprising omissions - I imagine a whole series of this type of quiz could be done. However it might be useful to take a screen capture of the wikipedia page to avoid confusion between missed and added names.
Nov 14th, 2010 at 16:27 GMT
Never any love for Chester A. Arthur...
Nov 14th, 2010 at 22:13 GMT
I went through and guesses only those who were president and got 28 hits, which included just 26 presidents as Eleanor Roosevelt and Hilary clinton are listed. Grant is probably in more for being a general, however. A bit surprised no sports or movie stars are mentioned.
Nov 14th, 2010 at 22:52 GMT
It's amazing that in the entire course of the article not one Native person is mentioned. You could make a case for King Philip and Powhatan being included, if only to get some representation on there. The article is also way too biased towards the last ~50 years of US history and poorly written. All that aside, this was a great quiz idea.
Nov 15th, 2010 at 03:12 GMT
Interesting historical biases; a huge focus on the past 50 years. So many people left out, and so many people put in somewhat randomly
Nov 15th, 2010 at 19:26 GMT
i love how pelosi is on there and eisenhower isn't....what is this world coming to?
Nov 15th, 2010 at 21:00 GMT
Great quiz! Personally, I think you should accept "King George".
Nov 15th, 2010 at 22:11 GMT
I was really surprised not to see Lewis and Clark.
Nov 16th, 2010 at 03:39 GMT
I'm not even going to the page to see why in the world Sarah Palin is on there.
Nov 16th, 2010 at 14:08 GMT
my two faves are lewinsky and lief ericson
Nov 16th, 2010 at 20:09 GMT
How'd I miss the Roosevelts, and get bin Laden and Hitler! Something's wrong with my knowledge of American history there.
Nov 17th, 2010 at 00:08 GMT
Looks like Phyllis Schlafly is hitting the glass ceiling in the quiz results.
Nov 17th, 2010 at 00:58 GMT
I find it surprising how there are a bunch of people who did nothing to contribute to history are on here while people who did a heck of a lot for this country arent.
Nov 17th, 2010 at 02:58 GMT
great idea for a quiz! like others are saying, though, it seems to be a pretty weird group of people.
Nov 17th, 2010 at 14:27 GMT
where the heck is sandra day o'connor - she certainly is a prominent part of history...or Andrew Johnson, who has the honor(!) of being the first president impeached, which is kind of important to history....lots of others, too.
Nov 19th, 2010 at 18:27 GMT
No Hoover or Eisenhower but Van Buren made it ?!! No Churchill?!! So much for Wikipedia teaching me everything I need to know about everything.
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Nov 19th, 2010 at 21:37 GMT
i agree with treehuggincowgirl what about stephen king and harrison polk taylor earheart booth oswald ruby but HITLER are you kidding me im an expert in history and im not having this screwed up because you don't put in these charaters and barton and tubman and onassis
Nov 26th, 2010 at 04:34 GMT
Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, but not W.E.B. Du Bois, Tecumseh, Samuel Gompers, Eugene V. Debs, Walter Reuther, A. Philip Randolph? George B. McClellan, Ambrose Burnside and Stonewall Jackson, but not Sherman? Gerald Ford but not Henry Ford? Any writers besides Twain, any filmmakers, playwrights, artists, musicians, industrialists besides Carnegie? I'm heavily political myself, but I'm not such a fool as to think that only politicians make history. Plus this is obviously heavily oriented towards the present (which Wikipedia editors know better and care more about), so we get John Poindexter, Timothy McVeigh, Monica Lewinsky and Sarah Palin rather than James McNeil Whistler, Jefferson Davis, John C. Fremont, John C. Calhoun or Daniel Webster. Go down there and start editing.
Aug 10th, 2011 at 17:03 GMT
Sarah Palin is on this list. Where is this country going? *sigh*
Aug 10th, 2011 at 18:30 GMT
There's still an extra S in Stephen Douglas's name.
Aug 11th, 2011 at 02:42 GMT
I'm somewhat angry that Eisenhower isn't on here.
Mar 20th, 2013 at 21:01 GMT
@demonstah: That's embarrassing. Thanks for the correction; I've definitely changed it this time!
Apr 26th, 2013 at 19:08 GMT
No Jefferson Davis? How tragic.
May 8th, 2013 at 22:06 GMT
Sarah Palin and Monica Lewinsky? Seriously?
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