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I prevented civil war as the 'Great Compromiser'.
I am 'Old Hickory', the hero of the Battle of New Orleans.
I vowed to return to the Philippines.
I issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
I ran for president as a Bull Moose.
I flew across the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis.
I gave the US a 'New Deal'.
I am a 'Berliner'.
I told Gorbachev to 'Tear down this wall'.
I was the influential Chief Justice in Marbury v Madison.
I had victories at Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Appomattox.
I ordered Pickett's Charge.
I led a 'March to the Sea'.
I took on the Barbary pirates and pushed for the purchase of the Louisiana Territory.
I made some 'Midnight' appointments.
I died in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
I tried to lead the Nez Perce to Canada.
I ordered the atomic bomb be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
I inspired people with my Common Sense.
I had a dream.
I pardoned Vietnam War draft dodgers.
I resigned due to the Watergate Scandal.
I greatly shaped the US as its first Secretary of the Treasury.
I took a 'giant leap for mankind'.
I made a fortune as a bootlegger during the prohibition.
I fought William Henry Harrison in the War of 1812.
I went from a poor Scottish immigrant to a wealthy steel owner.
I founded the mighty Standard Oil Company.
I added the southwest to the US through the Mexican-American War.
I pushed for a League of Nations in my 14 Points.
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Sep 16th, 2012 at 19:12 GMT
I knew Jefferson was crucial to the Louisiana purchase, but not so much with the pirates.
Sep 16th, 2012 at 19:25 GMT
Interesting selection of figures. Where are the women?
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Sep 16th, 2012 at 19:38 GMT
I led the "March to the Sea" Um, Mahatma Gandhi?
Sep 16th, 2012 at 19:55 GMT
Just a trivial note: it's actually incorrect to write "Harry S Truman" with no period after the middle initial. See here: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/speriod.htm
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Sep 16th, 2012 at 21:25 GMT
Also with Jefferson, he didnt believe that prsident had the right to buy land because it wasn't in the constitution. So he actually didnt push fo rthe Louisiana Purchase he was pressured into it.
Sep 16th, 2012 at 22:42 GMT
Fun quiz but the answers should be organized by last name rather than first.
Sep 16th, 2012 at 22:59 GMT
I wish there were more women. Or, you know, any.
Sep 16th, 2012 at 23:56 GMT
How could you downvote fnurt? Read the link he posted.
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Sep 17th, 2012 at 00:28 GMT
Most of the questions were WAY too easy for anyone with more than an elementary school education. "I had a dream." "I issued the Emancipation Proclamation." "I gave the US a 'New Deal.'" Really challenging.
Sep 17th, 2012 at 00:48 GMT
Once again I have proven I did not pay attention in history class EVER.
Sep 17th, 2012 at 02:59 GMT
Wouldn't "I had a dream" be accurate for all of them?
Sep 17th, 2012 at 13:33 GMT
I vote for a sequel quiz of famous women in American history. This one was good, but needed women.
Sep 17th, 2012 at 14:17 GMT
Agree that there could be (should be) some women in the game. I finished in about 2 minutes - I think you could shave a couple of minutes off the time.
Sep 17th, 2012 at 14:53 GMT
Thanks Ron and Clap for your comments. When I take note of the lack of women in quizzes they usually receive all negative votes.
Sep 17th, 2012 at 19:40 GMT
Nice, by why all men?
Sep 17th, 2012 at 21:20 GMT
Admittedly I'm not American, but I would struggle to name any woman who played a major role in US history. Before anyone cries foul at supposed sexism in that remark, I will emphasise that I'm not trying to suggest that no women have played such major roles, only that I haven't heard of them - probably at least in part because history books tend to be written by men and they often try to downplay the role of women as much as possible. I can remember that it was a woman who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and another who started the Montgomery bus boycott, but can't remember the name of either.
Sep 17th, 2012 at 21:35 GMT
There wasn't a battle at appomaddox courthouse. . . .
Sep 18th, 2012 at 00:49 GMT
"Draft dodgers" is a pretty politically loaded term.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 02:04 GMT
@chilenosejam The Montgomery bus boycott was Rosa Parks. As for women in U.S. history, if people are actually having trouble coming up with some, I'd say to look up Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Dolly Madison, Sacajawea, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Carrie Nation, Sandra Day O'Connor, Clara Barton, Sally Ride, Ethel Rosenberg, and Amelia Earhart, for starters. Heck, give Lizzie Borden a whack.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 04:50 GMT
"give Lizzie Borden a whack" -- awesome! Also to add to the list: Pocahontas, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dolores Huerta, Belle Boyd, Annie Oakley, Frances Perkins, Dorothea Dix, Margaret Sanger, Betty Friedan, Hillary Clinton, Margaret Mitchell, Emily Dickinson, Catharine Beecher, Jane Addams, Harper Lee, Ida B. Wells, Rachel Carson, Babe Didrikson, Mary Edwards Walker, and Victoria Woodhull.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 17:31 GMT
@kuestar: Technically, you are correct, as there was never a battle at a place called "appomaddox courthouse." There was, however, a battle at Appomattox Courthouse: http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/appomattox-courthouse.html
Sep 20th, 2012 at 00:50 GMT
Fortunately I had done a school project on Tecumseh in 2nd grade. Fun times.
Sep 20th, 2012 at 13:41 GMT
I would suggest avoiding contemporary figures for this kind of list. What proof is there that someone like Hillary Clinton, for instance, will ever be considered as important a historical figure as Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony or Sandra Day O'Connor?
Sep 21st, 2012 at 07:24 GMT
@grendelsbayne: Hillary Clinton was First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State. I assure you she is an important historical figure, and will not recede into the mists of history in the manner of a Lou Hoover or a Lucy Hayes.
Sep 22nd, 2012 at 09:51 GMT
Lots of people of have been senators and a large portion of them have held various other important positions in gov. throughout their lifetimes. The majority of them are no longer remembered, and most of the rest only barely so unless they made it all the way to the oval office or were involved in an extremely famous event. Granted, she may be the only one who was first lady as well, but the vast majority of the first ladies are also no longer remembered.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 23:10 GMT
Outstanding quiz. Loved it.
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