If anyone here knows anything about American history, I'd like you to help me by answering some questions for me. In my novels there are some flashbacks that are quite important for the story and every information is valuable. I don't want to write something and then get weird glances if someone reads it. I want it to be as occurate as possible. So, the year is 1798 and all the questions are about the life in that year. Here they are: 1) Were there any Japanese people in America? If yes, how was their status? I mean, were they treated with respect like any other person, or was there racism towards them? Were they able to be one of the richer people in an american town or something, or were they poor and had to work hard? 2) Were there slaves back then? 3) Was a black person allowed to be someone's maid? 4) Were black people allowed to have their family treasure or something like that? This question is important because one of my character's ancestor owned a ruby jewel (called Ruby heart) which gave her her powers. If they were not, was there a way for them to save that treasure? 5) What was people's view or magic? Was it 'allowed' or were people still considered evil and burned at the stake? 6) Was being a hooker illegal? I saw in some movies that whores worked at bars and such. Was it like that back then? 7) Were poor people treated with respect, or were they considered not worthy being treated with respect? 8) Were arranged marriages allowed? 9) What did people think or supernatural beings? Vampires, werewolves, mermaids, succubus' and such. 10) How did people brush their teeth? 11) My main character finds her ancestor's diary from 1798. What would that diary look like? Like a book or something alike notebook? Would pages be all yellow? 12) What did people back then use to write? 13) How did children treat their parents and how did parents treat their children? 14) This might sound weird, but... When girls had periods, I know they didn't have sanitary napkins, so what did they use instead? 15) Did people even have underwear? 16) Were schools only for rich people? 17) What did people think of religion? Were some people allowed not to be religious, or did they have to be by law? 18) Let's just say there's this rich guy, the main guy in a town. Did he have the right to pick any girl he wants to marry? Like, was he allowed to pick some poor, village girl just because he was rich? 19) Did rich people back then have big egos? Okay, those are the questions for history. Now one more question for something related: 20) Let's just say I live in a house that used to be owned by a rich, famous guy. He's mentioned in history books and he's my ancestor and I live in the house because he was my family and my family lived in that house for long. Do I have to give that house to the government because a famous historical person lived there? That's all for now. If I have any more questions, I'll post. I hope someone can answer. Just answer what you know, it doesn't have to be everything. Any (truthful) information is wellcome.