Miles and pounds are here to stay — in the United States, at least. Its measurement system survived an abortive federal metric initiative in the s and s and, writer John Bemelmans Marciano reveals in this digressive history, a much earlier attempt. In Thomas Jefferson hoped to follow up his decimal currency with a decimal system of weights and measures. Instead, it was US ally post-revolutionary France, burdened with a hideously complicated system of weights and measures, that authored the metric system.
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