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Strictly speaking, the quoted claim is most immediately one about Hans Sloane's writings. So if this is an accurate description of what Sloane wrote, Olusoga is telling the truth. Olusoga is not specific about which writings he is referring to. At least some of Sloane's writings are relatively easy to find online, but so far, I'm not able to pinpoint quotes ...


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I think the author did derive this from a real description of "candy." However, I find no support for the novel's depiction of Leningrad's books being decimated by people eating the bindings. The real "sweet dirt" or "candy" was sugar-infused dirt mixed with various types of glues available in households of the time. Judging by ...


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Was it cheaper to starve a slave to death and to replace him than it was to provide him with food? It depends on what you mean with "starve". Starve has two meanings according to Merriam-Webster: 1a : to perish from lack of food - b : to suffer extreme hunger Definition #1 If we were to take the first definition, the claim would come down to: A slave was ...


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Your starting point is the 17th century slave trade, but your actual question appears to be more general - was this ever true for slavery? In that case we have to say definitely yes. In WWII, prisoners of war were used fairly extensively as slave labour by both Germany and Japan - and a key feature of prisoners of war is that they cost nothing to acquire. ...


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False if referring to Chapter 12 Bankruptcies It's unclear what the original claim is about "Farm bankruptcies" is meant to mean. My immediate reaction is that this person is talking about Chapter 12 Bankruptcy, commonly referred to as "farmer bankruptcy," but actually includes fishermen. If this person is indeed talking about Chapter 12, ...


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As written, I'd call this mostly false. There are 3 main forces that contributed to the demand for early photos: Famous people recorded for posterity Families documenting themselves. Newspapers documenting events. Insider.com have compiled what they believe is the oldest surviving photo in each US state. It's a whole bunch of famous peoples portaits, ...


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(Partial answer: I'm leaving the third claim out for now. That one leaves the most to interpretation so I'm not sure this part is even answerable) Before we get started: 1) there are lots of images 2) Getting data from 1940 is hard and I couldn't get what I wanted for all the different claims. As such, I had to limit the period chosen to more recent years ...


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