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American History Questions

  1. Which American abolitionist leader was executed in 1859 for leading a failed slave rebellion at Harpers Ferry?
  2. What word, originally referring to the controversial practices and policies of a U.S. Senator, is often used for the practice of making accusations of subversion and treason?
  3. Who was president at the time of the Wall Street Crash in 1929?
  4. Who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776?
  5. In 1895, which American icon was instrumental in the founding of the town of Cody, in Northwest Wyoming?

  6. What term was coined in 1850 to desribe a 1823 United States policy that opposed European colonialism in the Americas?
  7. In which city was Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in 1968?
  8. The White House was first occupied by which president?
  9. In which year did the Vietnam War end?
  10. Who led the military expedition with William Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase and the Pacific Northwest in 1804 to 1806?
  11. Which war inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner, the United States National Anthem?
  12. Before the Battle of the Little Bighorn who had a vision seeing many soldiers, "as thick as grasshoppers," falling upside down into the Lakota camp?


  1. John Brown
  2. McCarthyism
  3. Herbert Hoover
  4. John Hancock
  5. Buffalo Bill (real name: William Frederick Cody)
  6. Monroe Doctrine
  7. Memphis
  8. President John Adams (in 1800)
  9. 1975
  10. Lewis (Captain Meriwether Lewis)

  11. The War of 1812
  12. Sitting Bull

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