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Jul. 15th, 2005 10:57 am
teabiting: (icaruslaughing black)
These are the answers to yesterday's poll.

1.) 94.1% of people got the answer to the first question, "What were the Japanese Internment Camps?" right. They were camps used to confine people of Japanese ancestry in the US, during WWII. Between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were confined to these camps. 60% of the people were US citizens. Military officials considered that these people were "threats" to the US, based on the possibility of their loyalty resting with Japanese interests (and not American interests) in WWII. If you're curious about other countries that have had internment/concentration camps, here's an article that explains it more in-depth.

2.) Only 45.5% of you knew that the American Revolutionary War ended in 1783. Please understand this is different from the American Revolution, since the Revolution started and ended before the official years of the War, 1775-1783. However, the War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, though the last battle in the war took place at Yorktown, which ended on October 19, 1781.

3.) 55.9% of you answered correctly, that Paul Revere sought to warn the cities of Concord and Lexington when the British army was on the march. He wasn't alone, as many people might suppose, but traveled with William Dawes. They were joined by Samuel Prescott, but all three were detained on their way to Concord. Prescott escaped and was able to warn Concord, but Paul Revere was detained longer, and his horse was confiscated. He walked back to Lexington.

4.) 85.3% of people answered correctly, that Francis Scott Key was inspired by the Bombardment of Ford McHenry in 1814, in the War of 1812. As many of you also know, the "Star Spangled Banner" was set to the tune of an English drinking song, "To Anacreon in Heaven". The song was quickly popular with Americans, but not adopted as the national anthem until 1931. The lyrics to the whole anthem can be found here. Supposedly, the second and third verse are omitted from performances because they are considered "bloody".

5.) 57.6% of you knew that British-Canadians burned the White House (the first time), during the War of 1812. Officially, of course, they weren't "Canadians", because "Canada" didn't come into existance officially until later, but more than half of the British troops were made up of Canadian militia. It was a bit of a blow to the morale to the relatively new republic, which had the "President's Mansion" finished less than a decade and a half earlier (at the expense of $232,371.83, or about $2.4 million today).
I'm trusting yous not to open up an encyclopaedia for the answer, and instead go from your memory. I'll post the answers tomorrow.

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