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Can you name the Historical Eras of the United States?
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The United States Library of Congress
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Historical Eras of the United States Quiz
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Apr 5th, 2010 at 23:20 GMT
The source is a little out of date as I would consider us as beyond the Modern Era, which I would end at around 1999.
Apr 6th, 2010 at 01:14 GMT
The thing is, these aren't official names for the eras; they're just a useful way to describe them. That means that it's not really fair to ask people to guess what the LoC happens to have called them.
Apr 6th, 2010 at 03:36 GMT
True, but it's about as official as I can find. There aren't really such things as official eras. There is no United Nations Panel of Era Nomenclature. ;) However, these are ones that also seem to be recognized by other sites that bother about such things. Take it for what it's worth. I don't swear to the absoluteness of it.
Apr 6th, 2010 at 12:03 GMT
As a historian, I can say: the period 1790-1815 is more typically called "the early republic," and 1815 -1861 the "Jacksonian period" or "antebellum." The last half of the 20th century is more often called "postwar America."
Apr 6th, 2010 at 12:43 GMT
Antebellum was already an alternative choice for Expansion. I had New Republic and Young Republic in there, but I've now added Early Republic. I've also added Post-war America as an alternative. Thanks for the insider tips!
Apr 6th, 2010 at 22:19 GMT
I tried "revolutionary" and it did not work. Please add as acceptable
Apr 6th, 2010 at 22:36 GMT
nice idea, but it doesn't work for sporcle. quizzes need to have definite answers, and while many of these terms are pretty generally accepted (like the "gilded age") you just can't definitively label a group of years in history with specific starting points and end points and expect people to all agree what they are called.
Apr 6th, 2010 at 23:52 GMT
@troublemaker: thanks for the heads up. Added. @bc24hoops: Yes, it's subjective, and I acknowledged up top that I'm not holding up these era names as the WORD OF GOD(thunderclap). But, it seemed to me as I was putting this together that there was a sense that these eras have been popularized, if not *universally* accepted. Further, I have allowed much leeway (e.g. Roaring Twenties works for Great War/Jazz Era, Antebellum works for Expansion/Reform, Cold War works for Modern Era, and others...), so you don't necessarily need THESE era names to be successful with the quiz. Finally, as I look at the success comparisons, it seems to me that the average skews towards more right then more wrong, which makes me think the quiz works on some level.
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