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Embarrassing Chapters in US History

Guess these people, places, and things in American history that the country would probably rather forget.
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First submittedMay 3, 2018
Last updatedSeptember 10, 2018
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The U.S. goes to war with this country, ostensibly over "WMDs" which are never found
Iraq
The CIA-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion fails in this country
Cuba
The federal government botches the response to this 2005 natural disaster
Hurricane Katrina
Congress and the American public develop an unhealthy obsession with Bill Clinton's sex life,
particularly his affair with this intern
Monica Lewinsky
The U.S. starts a war with this country in 1898, provoked mostly by yellow journalism
Spain
This 1925 trial in Tennessee sees a high school teacher charged with teaching human evolution
Scopes Trial
Nearly 300 Lakota Indians are victims of this massacre in 1890
Wounded Knee
Photos of detainee abuse at this prison are released in 2006
Abu Ghraib
From 1692 to 1693, 20 people are executed for witchcraft in this Massachusetts town
Salem
Nathan Bedford Forrest and others form this organization in 1865 to promote white supremacy
Ku Klux Klan
At the height of the Red Scare, this senator leads sensationalist
attacks against alleged Communists
Joseph McCarthy
In 1857, this slave sues for his freedom but is told by the Supreme Court that he
can not be a US citizen due to his race and status as property
Dred Scott
After appearing to win the Tour de France multiple times, this man is found guilty of cheating
Lance Armstrong
This city is captured and burned by British troops in 1814 following the Battle of Bladensburg
Washington D.C.
In response to French opposition to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Congress renames
the french fries served in its cafeterias to this
Freedom Fries
After a bungled intervention by the federal government, followers of cult leader David Koresh
burn to death near this city in Texas
Waco
Over 58,000 Americans die in this war which ultimately ends in failure
Vietnam War
In 1830 this president signs the Indian Removal Act
Andrew Jackson
As a result of the above, near 50,000 people are forcibly relocated west. Thousands perish
en route. Their journey becomes known as this.
Trail of Tears
Racist laws passed from 1876 to 1965 in various states establish segregation,
prohibit miscegenation, and restrict voting rights. Collectively, these laws are known as this
Jim Crow Laws
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level 57
May 3, 2018
I got all twenty correct and I am extremely ashamed of my county. Should be called Shameful Chapters in US History.
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level 83
May 3, 2018
What happened in your particular county that was shameful?
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level 66
Sep 27, 2018
Nothing interesting there but covered bridges.
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level 77
May 3, 2018
Is there a significant difference between shame and embarrassment?
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level 73
May 3, 2018
This notion is silly. There is no such thing as a perfect country. Every nation has chapters that are embarrassing. Some more than others, but you learn from them and move forward. Can you be embarrassed that your country engaged in slavery way later than most other civilized nations? Yep. Can you be embarrassed that segregation laws were on the books way later than they should have been? Absolutely. Should you be ashamed of America as a whole? No way. It's become very trendy to be ashamed of America. Like if you don't show shame in your country that somehow you approve of it's checkered past. America is still one of the greatest countries on the planet. I'm proud to be American not BECAUSE of it's past, but in spite of it. And even with its checkered past, we have made amazing strides since the 1960s.
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level 49
Sep 27, 2018
Excellent balance, sir.
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level 50
Oct 4, 2018
But it hasn't improved since the 1960s. You'd have to be deliberately ignorant of pretty much the entire history of the USA not to be embarrassed by it.
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level 77
Oct 4, 2018
Canada Dry... you trolling? Or is your entire understanding of US history what you learned in African American Studies at Evergreen State?
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level 77
May 3, 2018
Are you saying the quiz is silly or the fact that Josh is extremely ashamed of his country is silly? Fwiw I made the quizzes that this was based on and I do not feel shame or embarrassment personally. It's my opinion that to feel shame (or pride) due to one's nationality, place of birth, or "race" is, in fact, incredibly silly. I'd also concede that by any reasonable metric ever used by historians, America obviously is the greatest country in the world presently and has been for a while. On the quizzes I published before, I found that people commenting all assumed there was some kind of message inherent to the quiz that wasn't actually intended. The USA is not the Great Satan. They're not the cause of all the world's problems. And they don't deserve even half the amount of criticism they receive. But they're also not perfect. You could make a quiz like this for any great power in history. A quiz on the British could easily be 10x as long. I understand QM went and made some of those.
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level 45
May 25, 2018
Depends what you mean by "greatest"
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level 77
May 25, 2018
I'm using the term the way any historian would. The US, from the end of WW2 through the present, has enjoyed a militaristic, political, cultural, and technological hegemony that parallels the British of the late 19th/early 20th centuries, the Romans of the 2nd century, the Umayyads around the end of the first millenium, the Greeks under Alexander, or any other great power in history. Their level of hegemony is currently waning, but there's no denying their dominance and influence during the past many decades.
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level 73
Jun 18, 2018
I'm not sure about "any historian", but apparently it's in the similar way that Alexander the Great got his title, even though it wasn't a very pleasant experience for most people affected.
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level 77
Jun 18, 2018
Sure Alexander did a lot of good for the world and can also be blamed for a lot of suffering. But never was he called "Great" because 100% of the children in Macedonia scored 3 points higher on average than the junior high schoolers in the Persian Empire. Find me one historian who thinks like this and I'll retract my "any" statement. I think even cranks like Howard Zinn are more realistic than that.
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level 77
Aug 3, 2018
And.. predictably... many are missing the point. Honing in with laser focus on the one sentence that inflames their insecurities, even if that sentence is written by the author of a quiz meant to showcase the opposite point.
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level 50
Oct 4, 2018
I'll grant that it's obviously the greatest mass murderer.
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level 77
Oct 4, 2018
Obvious troll is obvious.
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level 77
May 3, 2018
All that being said the original quizzes honestly had no hidden motive or message behind them. It's just a quiz. Not a celebration nor an indictment.
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level 76
May 3, 2018
1) Is the American public's obsession with Trump's relationship with Stormy Daniels healthier than its obsession with Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinski? 2) Is there more evidence of Russian collusion with persons in the current U.S. government than of Soviet collusion with persons in the 1950s U.S. government? 3) The U.S. acquiesced in the forced relocation of over 12 million ethnic German civilians after WWII, during which over 500,000 died. (See R.M. Douglas's _Orderly and Humane_.) Was the Indian Removal Act more embarrassing than that?
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level 77
May 3, 2018
1. probably not. though there are a hundred other scandals going on simultaneously with Trump so it's hard to really be "obsessed" with just one of them; and though I'm not in the United States now I feel like the level of attention focused on Stormy is nowhere near what it was on Monica.
Additionally, the original quizzes I authored that QM took the questions from for this one are years old and predate the Trump presidency. If they weren't, then, rest assured I could have added many more questions.
2. There's ample evidence of Russian collusion with the current president and his aides. There were also Americans in the 1950s that colluded with the Soviets; though, not as many as were persecuted by their own government. I guess you're trying to compare Robert Mueller with Joseph McCarthy. I humbly submit that this is insane.
3. Neither this quiz nor the series that it was based on are meant to be comprehensive or a "best of" list. It's random.
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level 61
Sep 28, 2018
You have first-hand access to this "evidence", or are you just talking about what you hear on TV? You have no clue what evidence does or doesn't exist.
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level 77
Sep 28, 2018
If you don't think the general public already has access to *mountains* of evidence clearly and incontrovertibly establishing this fact, then you are not paying attention.
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level 61
Sep 28, 2018
So I myself have access to the smoking gun that will reveal Trump's collusion with the Russians? Where do I go to see this physical evidence?
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level 77
Sep 28, 2018
The smoking gun? You are standing in the middle of the Tulsa Arms Show and the place is on fire. Trump said on broadcast television that he invited Russian hackers to try and hack DNC and Clinton e-mail servers, which they did later that day. He stood next to Putin, after meeting in secret with him, again on television, and announced that he trusted the dictator of America's greatest enemy more than every single US intelligence agency. The Mueller probe so far has made more than 200 criminal charges against members of the Trump administration/campaign or Russian nationals with whom they were collaborating. Multiple senior members of the Trump campaign/administration have been indicted. Many have plead guilty. Trump's own son voluntarily released e-mails proving collaboration with Russia, spelled out clearly in black and white. Indictments include conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and conspiracy to obstruct justice. I could go on for pages.
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level 61
Oct 2, 2018
Still no evidence proving Trump himself colluded with Russians. The Mueller probe made "charges" against the Trump administration. Charges are not evidence. They are accusations. Trump's advisors and his son are other people, not him. There is a strong movement to do "anything" to remove Trump from office. Whether you like the guy or not, this is a scary time for our country. If you have concrete evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians, I would glad to hear about it. So far you have not brought up anything that would count as evidence. This is all circumstantial.
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level 77
Oct 2, 2018
I provided the evidence for you. Black and white. Concrete. Unambiguous. Could not be any more clear. And there is more. You are refusing to accept reality.
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level 77
Oct 2, 2018
Do you not even know what the word collude means?
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level 77
Oct 2, 2018
It would be like if I killed a man, and you walked in on me doing it, and I said hey I killed this guy. And you said oh yeah what's your evidence? And I said I just admitted to it, directly, to you. I killed him. I did it. And you say but where is your evidence that you did it yourself? And I point and say.. look.. this guy right here. His heart is not beating. And you say that's circumstantial. And I say look at my arm, it's attached to a hand, in my hand is a knife. See the knife going in to the man's chest? And you don't even look and start rambling on about how you'd love to know if I really did kill the guy, just show you something concrete. Then I sigh and stop talking.
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level 61
Oct 2, 2018
Trump jokingly said “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” That is the quote from the broadcast you referred to. That is not evidence that he colluded with the Russians. If you really think that was an official invitation for the Russians to hack Hillary's email servers, then you have no sense of humor.
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level 77
Oct 2, 2018
It's more serious than that and there's more than that. I encourage you to look in to it more, from some unfriendly sources, just to see what all is out there.
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level 77
May 24, 2019
So.... did you read the Mueller report? Yes, Trump's campaign was actively colluding with Russia. Though he decided there wasn't *enough* evidence to charge the president with criminal conspiracy (though many members of his campaign and administration *have* been charged). Mueller goes out of his way to say that this does *not* mean that there was no evidence of conspiracy, which is harder to prove than collusion. He doesn't attempt to prove collusion as this isn't a legal term, but using by general consensus of what the word means, Trump (in addition to many members of his campaign) is guilty as sin. In addition, though Mueller felt that DOJ policy made it impossible for him to personally charge the president with criminal obstruction of justice, he also could not exonerate him. In other words, he's even more guilty of that and would absolutely be charged but for DOJ policy, and the evidence for it is overwhelming.
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level 73
May 3, 2018
Never heard of the prison in question. I'll have to look this one up.
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level ∞
May 3, 2018
It was in Iraq
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level 77
May 4, 2018
I knew what it was about but to know the name of the prison... it's a nice quiz, but some questions are hardly accessible to non-Americans (namely Jim Crow, Scopes, Dred Scott, Abu Ghraib). It's good to learn a few things though.
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level 77
May 4, 2018
Abu Graib definitely made the headlines in Saudi Arabia.
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level 77
May 4, 2018
I trust you on that one, and I guess arabic-speakers can memorize it easily...
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level 70
May 4, 2018
I had the impression that Abu Ghraib was a big deal in international media around that time. I tried "Monkey Trial" for Scopes, learned about it from the movie Inherit the Wind. Jim Crow pops up here and there if you learn a bit about US history or racism. Never heard of Dred Scott either. But then, why should this quiz be easily accessible to non-Americans?
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level 77
May 5, 2018
It's colloquially known as the "Scopes Monkey Trial" so that's pretty close.
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level 85
May 6, 2018
If you call it the "Scopes Trial" or the "Monkey Trial", it references the same event, as well as if you use either descriptor in any order. Typing "Monkey" should, therefore, be an acceptable type-in.
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level 77
May 6, 2018
I added monkey as a type-in pending approval.
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level 63
May 6, 2018
Abu Ghraib was definitely all over European media at the time.
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level 67
May 6, 2018
I had heard of Abu Ghraib, the others I didn't know. But as @Camus says, this quiz is specifically about American history and possibly the bits that us non Americans don't get taught at school or pick up as part of our general knowledge. It was trickier than I thought it was going to be, and I did try "monkey" for the sixth question, more as an educated guess than anything, without any luck. The approval must still be pending. All in though, I thought it was a good quiz.
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level 65
May 6, 2018
Knowing about the Scopes Monkey Trial or Dred Scott specifically might be beyond most Americans (and sadly not known by even some Americans), but I would not say the same about Jim Crow. That is equivalent to having a bare bones knowledge of South African Aparthied or the caste system of India. If you've heard of MLK, knowing something about Jim Crow should follow.
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level 77
May 8, 2018
The Supreme Court cases I can recall learning about in grade school include the Dred Scott decision, Plessy v Ferguson, Brown v Board of Education, Marbury v Madison... maybe Roe v Wade or Loving v Virginia... and since then the most important ones were probably Citizens United, Bush v Palm Beach County... Burwell v Hobby Lobby? or the decision regarding gay marriage but I had to look up what that one was called (Obergefell v Hodges). Anyway the point is the Scott decision is definitely up there. If you can name even five important USSC cases that's probably one of them.
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level 77
Aug 23, 2018
also Miranda v Arizona
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level 76
Sep 27, 2018
Scopes and Dred Scott are beyond most Americans? What are they teaching in high school these days??? They were impressed so deeply in our minds in American history class that I still remember them many decades later, despite the fact that I sometimes can't remember what I had for breakfast.
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level 59
Sep 27, 2018
I'm Canadian and knew the prison's name. It was pretty notorious at the time worldwide
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level 59
Sep 27, 2018
I "knew" the prison, too, but had to cheat via google to spell it correctly. I kept putting the H in various locations but the right one.
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level 77
Sep 27, 2018
I've found a good strategy for JetPunk when in doubt about "h"s is just to omit them.
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level 52
Sep 29, 2018
i think the title was a bit of a giveaway...... if your knowledge of US history is sparse, then learn as you go... don't whinge because you scored poorly
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level 45
Feb 19, 2019
I'm not American, and I knew all those except Dred Scott. And I have not studied any of those, just picked up the information over time. I think the quiz is good.
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level 76
Sep 27, 2018
I should have gotten the prison but all I could think of was Abu Dhabi, and I knew they weren't quite the same. :)
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level 77
Sep 27, 2018
That Garfield and Friends song where Garfield was singing about wanting to send the kitten Nermal away would have been much darker if he was trying to send him to Abu Graib.
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level 77
May 3, 2018
I'm disappointed that my question about Michael Bay didn't make it on to this version.
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level 54
May 5, 2018
the war which failed and which has more than 58,000 dead could be the Korean too
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level 77
May 6, 2018
There were not that many American casualties in the Korean War, and how did it end in failure? South Korea remains a strong, independent, democratic country and ally of the United States to this day. Very different from the outcome of the Vietnam War.
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level 77
Jun 18, 2018
I made this comment before Trump's meet up with Kim Jong Un. Check back in a couple years I might have to revise my position.
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level 61
Sep 28, 2018
I guess Trump's meet up with Kim Jong Un wasn't so bad after all. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/world/asia/north-south-korea-liaison-office.html Of course, you will probably have a different excuse as to what has spurred the improvement in relations. After all, we can't give any credit to evil Trump.
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level 77
Sep 28, 2018
Why on Earth would you give credit to Trump for this? The only time Trump is mentioned in this article is in the paragraph where it says that the opening of this office was delayed because of him. You know that South Korea has its own government, right?
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level 61
Oct 2, 2018
Why on earth would you not consider it? South Korea does have its own government. That doesn't mean they have the means to change the mind of a loony dictator. Are you unwilling to attribute anything positive to Trump, even if the circumstances suggest so? I think your opinion of the man gets in the way of your objectivity.
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level 77
Oct 2, 2018
Because Trump had nothing to do with it, even according to the article that you link he only slowed down the process. Can you not read?
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level 61
Oct 2, 2018
Just like I can't prove he did have something to do with it, neither can you prove that he didn't. Trump visited Kim Jong Un, and after that relations have gotten better. It doesn't mean he fixed things, but it is foolish to say that he didn't have an affect. You say "...Trump had nothing to do with it..." You can't say that with conviction, because the only person that can answer that as fact is Kim Jong Un himself.
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level 77
Oct 4, 2018
Trump is so incompetent we didn't even have an ambassador to South Korea until July of this year. The position was vacant for a year and a half.
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level 45
Feb 19, 2019
@ctleng76. The reason relations between North Korea and the USA have improved somewhat is because North Korea and South Korea have improved relations. This is due mostly to the South Korean government.
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level 77
May 24, 2019
Well if your position is that Trump might have helped because we can't definitely prove that he didn't (sort of like your argument for the existence of a deity), then why cite as your only evidence an article that states the opposite (that Trump slowed the process down and just got in the way)?
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level 62
May 7, 2018
I have never heard of the Scopes trial. That is ridiculous.
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level 71
May 11, 2018
Surely the big question here is: where's the quiz on embarrassing chapters in Belgian history?
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level 68
Sep 27, 2018
Start with Brussels sprouts.
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level 69
Sep 27, 2018
Belgiums' rule over the Congo was very 'embarrassing' indeed.
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level 77
Sep 27, 2018
And quite a few other things, honestly^ I'm surprised Quizmaster passed on the opportunity to make that one, actually. Maybe I'll slap one together myself.
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level 61
May 18, 2018
This was a fun quiz. You could also include the Espionage Act during WWI and the Japanese internment camps during WWII.
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level 77
May 18, 2018
The internment of Americans with Japanese heritage showed up in the original series, I think on part 3 or 4.
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level 71
Jun 18, 2018
Calling US "greatest" country is questionable. Strongest, maybe; most influential, maybe. But compare nearly any stat -- life expectancy, health care, maternal deaths, murder rate, incarceration rate, etc. -- nowhere does US come out on top.
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level 77
Jun 18, 2018
When historians say the Roman Empire was the greatest empire in the ancient world, do they mean that it had the lowest rate of incarceration?
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level 77
Jun 18, 2018
1000 years from now if they are still writing and reading history books they will talk about the United States of the 20th and 21st centuries in very similar fashion- as a great power that influenced global political discourse, culture, and technological development more than any other. Iceland's 0.3% lower infant mortality rate will not even warrant a mention. That's just something people have to bring up now to try and avoid feeling insignificant.
Obviously the country isn't perfect, as the 5 quizzes on the site under my name attest to. But getting hung up on the "greatest" point is silly.
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level 77
Jun 18, 2018
*6 quizzes, now
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level 72
Sep 6, 2018
Should add: the entire presidency of Donald J. Trump
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level 77
Sep 6, 2018
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level 72
Sep 6, 2018
Thanks, man!!
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level 50
Sep 27, 2018
“Look at me: ‘Orange Man Bad’”
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level 77
Sep 27, 2018
Indeed, he is.
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level 49
Sep 27, 2018
Yeah, I know my American embarrassment. And I'm not ashamed to say that.
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level 50
Sep 27, 2018
The fault during Katrina isn’t on Bush, it’s on the governor of Louisiana. That’s how the federal response works. McCarthy was right. And Waco was the fault of an insane cult leader.
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level 77
Sep 27, 2018
I don't necessarily agree on the first two points, but whether you're right or not, both Louisiana and David Koresh are American, so including them on the quiz seems fine. As for McCarthy, I guess you must really hate Donald Trump then, since he's got far cozier ties to America's enemies, Russia included and especially, than Owen Lattimore, Val Lorwin, Dalton Trumbo, Charlie Chaplin or any of the others smeared and persecuted during the Red Scare.
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level 48
Sep 27, 2018
Is it weird for trail of tears the first thing I typed in was tear of trails?
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level 63
Sep 27, 2018
I've seen renewed support for McCarthy and his methods elsewhere - and now we also get it on JetPunk pages. Wow! And blaming Katrina all on Blanco (governor of Louisiana) and none on Bush, New Orleans city government or FEMA is simply rewriting history.
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level 46
Sep 27, 2018
I'd say folks were a little more obsessed with Clinton lying about the situation to congress, but that doesn't obviously doesn't fit with your narrative
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level 77
Sep 27, 2018
You could say that but I'm sure you would be wrong, according to my narrative, assuming that by "my narrative" you mean objective reality.
Clinton was impeached on two counts: perjury and obstruction of justice, but the public obsession was not on this.
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level 46
Sep 27, 2018
Also relevant is the blatant lie to the American people on national tv, but just go ahead and make it our fault too.
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level 77
Sep 27, 2018
Who hurt you?
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level 61
Sep 28, 2018
Actually, for many Americans (myself included), we WERE more concerned about his lying under oath than what he did with other women. We wanted him impeached for lying to the American public, not because he could control himself around women. It was the media that was obsessed with his sexual escapades.
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level 77
Sep 28, 2018
^ yeah, I was partially brainwashed by Rush Limbaugh at the time, too, and I'm sure you earnestly believe that. But I eventually recovered.
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level 61
Oct 2, 2018
Like many Christians, I wasn't happy about his lack of integrity to his marriage. However, I never saw that as a reason to impeach the guy. Having an affair is not against the law. Lying under oath however it very much against the law. The president should have been impeached for that. That is the opinion I have always held. By the way, I have only listened to Rush Limbaugh's broadcast one time. I agree that he is not a credible source for information, and is extremely biased to the right. I myself am a conservative, but I don't blindly follow every right wing talking head just because they claim to be conservative.
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level 77
Oct 2, 2018
I'm just saying you were obviously influenced by the conservative narrative being peddled at the time, as was I. Nobody sincerely gave a crap about any of Clintons lies. It was all political. It's truly amazing that you can give Trump a pass for treason but not Clinton for trying to save his marriage. And you see the very urgent, vital mission of Mueller right now as a witch hunt but you think Congress going after Clinton for getting a bj (and lying about it) was worth our time.

Yeah, I used to think that, too. Then I recovered from my biases.
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level 61
Oct 2, 2018
Read my last comment again.. I stated that it wasn't illegal for Clinton to have "sexual relations" with anyone. I was disappointed about it, but whatever. I was more bent out of shape for the way he lied straight into the camera. It was a bold faced lie, directly to the American people. That is what i had a problem with. And then he said the exact opposite when he confessed later. So no, I don't think Congress should have gone after Clinton for his sexual escapades. I thought they should have gone after him for lying under oath.
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level 77
Mar 18, 2019
*bald-faced

okay, then, if what you are most concerned about is the lying, then it's still odd that you would be defending Trump anywhere. The man lies more than any politician in history and that's not even an exaggeration.
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level 67
Sep 27, 2018
Koresh was a cult leading wack-o and no matter what the government did or did not do, those people were not coming out alive. He killed them just the same as if he had taken a gun and shot those who died. He was no different than Jim Jones.
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level 77
Sep 27, 2018
I put Jones on one of the other chapters of this series. Were Koresh or his followers not Americans?
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level 27
Sep 27, 2018
Canada is equally to blame on this one, so I am not pointing fingers South of the border...but I would add the refusal to allow Jewish refugees on the MS St Louis entry to the US/Canada. Over 900 refugees fleeing Germany in 1939 were turned away, and over a 1/4 of them died in concentration camps. Here is a link about what I am talking about. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis
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level 77
Sep 27, 2018
That's a good one and I didn't put it on any of the four previous quizzes.
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level 27
Sep 29, 2018
Like I said in my comment, Canada is equally to blame in that story. Being Canadian, I am consistently amazed at some of the deplorable stuff that has happened in our past.
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level 38
Jun 30, 2019
It was my understanding that the Jewish refugees who were denied entry into the US, were redirected to the Dutch Caribean at the behest of first Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (The Dutch Caribbean was under US protection at the time, as the Netherlands had been invaded by Germany).
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level 38
Sep 27, 2018
Excellent quiz! - Thank you.
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level 47
Sep 27, 2018
Electing Trump. It has literally become an international embarrassment, following the laughter at his comments made at the U.N.
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level 77
Sep 27, 2018
It's on part 5. Series is linked to on the right side of the page if you scroll up.
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level 53
Sep 27, 2018
I watched the clip and President Trump made a joke before they all laughed, I do believe
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level 77
Sep 27, 2018
The "joke" that he made was stating that his administration had accomplished more in less than 2 years than almost any administration in US history. That's what prompted the entire assembly to bust out laughing. Intentional or not, yeah, that's a real knee slapper.
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level 70
Sep 27, 2018
Haven't we learned a couple of months ago that it was Canada that burned down the White House in the War of 1812?
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level 77
Sep 27, 2018
Canada in 1812 was part of the British Empire and while there were Canadians who served in the British military, it was still the British military.
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level 45
Sep 27, 2018
I tried pretty much every possible combination of Abu Ghraib except the correct one....
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level 58
Sep 28, 2018
Abu Graib got it for me
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level 58
Sep 28, 2018
It feels like you're just a "little bit" left of Jesse Jackson. Tone it down.
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level 61
Sep 28, 2018
Sorry reality hurts your feelings. All of these things happened, and they were all embarrassing. And the quizmaker included Bay of Pigs, which was approved by one of the liberals' favorite icons. The only clue that maaaaybe deserves reconsideration is that the quizmaker chose, out of many embarrassing options relating to the whole fiasco, to focus on the public's obsession with Bill Clinton's sex life rather than Clinton lying to Congress. But the public was indeed obsessed in a juvenile way with the sexual aspect, and it was indeed very embarrassing that the public acted that way, so the clue is legitimate. Nothing else here could be viewed as "left" except by those with an axe to grind. The Bush administration had a lot of embarrassing moments. Not because it was Republican, but because it was a largely inept administration. Just accept it and move on.
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level 77
Sep 28, 2018
Jackson was a Democrat, as were most of those originally in the KKK. Other installments of the series include these (among other) things embraced by Democrats or that happened while they were in office: Japanese internment; the bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Dresden and Tokyo; Snowden; Manning; the Cuban missile crisis; Slavery; My Lai; Tonkin; etc etc etc
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level 77
Sep 28, 2018
^ I mean Andrew Jackson, not Jesse Jackson.
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level 77
Sep 28, 2018
I'm not. I'm a committed non-partisan. But biased people of every political extreme often label me as an extremist on the opposite end of the spectrum, so...
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level 61
Sep 28, 2018
You may be non-partisan, as you don't identify as a Democrat or Republican, but you are most certainly biased to one side. Maybe not entirely, as I, believe it or not, actually do agree with some of what you say.
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level 77
Sep 28, 2018
Prove it.
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level 61
Oct 2, 2018
So, if I asked you about the following topics, you would give a centrist point of view? 1. Separation of church and state 2. Healthcare reform 3. Abortion 4. Gun control 5. Tax reform 6. Hate speech (more specifically the definition of) I would be very surprised to see how you approach these. I think you are more left leaning than you believe you are.
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level 77
Oct 2, 2018
1. I agree with all of the founding fathers that this is vital and important. I side with them against Democrats and Republicans, none of whom would today say anything against religion and very few of whom would say anything about the encroachment of religion into politics. So I'd get painted as an extremist by both. I didn't say I was centrist I said I was non-partisan. I am a realist and skeptic who believes in things based on evidence.
2. I don't think going with Republican Bob Dole's healthcare plan (Obamacare) was a good idea. A single payer system would be better. I don't think healthcare should be a privilege for the wealthy.
3. I fully understand the arguments of those who believe life begins at conception and respect those. I don't think there's a war on women or that pro-lifers wish to attack or take away the rights of women. They are trying to protect the rights of the unborn. That said, I'm pro-choice, though I'd be willing to accept some restrictions.
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level 77
Oct 2, 2018
4. Despite what partisans wish to believe there is no strong correlation between rates of gun ownership and gun deaths or mass shootings, in either direction. I'm not a fan of guns and wouldn't mind seeing them all banned, but I also understand it's a complex issue and solving the problem of gun violence isn't as simple as gun control. But we should investigate the problem using non-partisan facts, not cynical arguments supplied to us by organizations that make and sell firearms.
5. Horse and sparrow economics is proven to not work. Short-term gains for oligarchs should never be prioritized over the general health of the economy, which is driven mostly by having a large and healthy middle class. But I'm fiscally conservative and not a fan of government waste.
6. Free speech is a sacred value and vital part of a functioning democracy and free society. Being protected from hurt feelings is not a right. Everyone has a right to an opinion, even unpopular or hateful ones.
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level 77
Oct 2, 2018
I'm sure that I am less biased than you. If my opinions are labeled as "left" or "right" that's because the "left" or "right" have decided, on those issues, to favor a more realistic and honest opinion. Like I said I routinely get labeled as an extremist on the other side of the political spectrum by people who ARE biased, like you. Or like any far-left liberal who I've talked to about... #metoo, or Intersectional Feminism, or Hillary Clinton, or social justice, or the wage gap, or white privilege, or cultural appropriation, or Bradley Manning, or pronouns, or European socialism, or American foreign policy, or Iran, or Israel, or male privilege, etc.

How many times have *you* been accused of being a raging liberal, I wonder? Or do you line up almost perfectly with the political right and therefore only ever get accused of being on one side? Because I get accused of being on both. Which means I'm not on either.
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level 61
Oct 2, 2018
Bob Dole was an idiot. That is a perfect example of a time when I voted against a Republican even though I am a conservative. I feared he would be bad for the US. At the time I voted for Ross Perot which probably helped Clinton win re-election. But I was only 20 years old then and didn't think it through.
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level 61
Oct 2, 2018
I must say Kal, that these posts intrigued me. I appreciate the well thought out responses. You have obviously thought these through without letting the media do the thinking for you. I applaud you for that. I will concede that you are not automatically biased toward a liberal viewpoint.
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level 77
Feb 20, 2019
I also was rooting for Perot that year. and Nader in 2000.
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level 75
Jul 28, 2019
Do you teach or write kal? it would be something of a shame if you didn't
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level 77
Jul 28, 2019
both. Though I haven't taught since the end of 2015 and I've never written much professionally or publicly.
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level 57
Sep 28, 2018
The Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears weren't embarrassing. Those savages had it coming. I'm not sure the KKK was all that embarrassing either. Thurmond and MacArthur never having been presidents is more embarrassing.
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level 77
Sep 28, 2018
Poe's Law?
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level 45
Feb 19, 2019
I really hope you're joking.
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level 47
Sep 30, 2018
If we're going US history then the question about the 1692-1693 shouldn't be there considering it was only the US since 1776...
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level 77
Sep 30, 2018
It's American (US) history in the same way that they will teach you about Clovis in French history and Qin Shi Huang in Chinese history. The history of the land and peoples that would eventually come to form the modern state.
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level 77
Sep 30, 2018
But American history would probably have been a better title for the quiz.
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level 55
Dec 31, 2018
Surprised there is no MKUltra.
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level 77
Feb 16, 2019
We are part of the cover up.
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level 77
Sep 8, 2019
Just recently learned about the relationship of this program to the Unabomber and his time as a teenager at Harvard. That's really screwed up. Ethics seems to have been a completely foreign concept to researchers in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
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level 61
Apr 9, 2019
You missed some, the rest of US history, *grabs popcorn* *stirs the pot with the other hand*
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level 77
Apr 9, 2019
brilliant
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level 38
Apr 9, 2019
19/20. Missed Lance Armstrong.
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level 63
Sep 9, 2019
First thing I tried typing was "Trump"... He has got to be the most embarrassing thing to have ever happened to that country..