Gregory Luther History Thesis 10/15/01 "Triumph in battle offers twin trophies to the victors. Their writers can impose on history their version of the war they won, while their statesmen can impose the terms of peace." --Winston Churchill "The first law of history is not to dare to utter falsehood; the second is not to fear to speak the truth." --Pope Leo XIII "We should not forget that in the long run the Pope in Rome is a greater enemy of National Socialism than Churchill or Roosevelt." --Reinhard Heydrich In 1901, Winston Churchill ominously predicted that the wars of men would be far bloodier and more costly than the wars of kings. How prophetically accurate this proved to be for the Twentieth Century--by far, and by all standards and accounts, the bloodiest century mankind has ever seen. Tens of millions of innocent civilians were deported, tortured, and murdered. Millions more were left homeless; and millions never learned the fate of their loved ones. The world was consumed by the madness of war, and many of its leaders were no longer controlling events, but rather being controlled by them. Europe, the birthplace of western civilization, found itself suddenly an amorphous battlefield where the boundaries did less to separate good from evil, and Christianity from neo-paganism and atheism, than it served to distinguish one totalitarian regime from another. To many, humanity, indeed God, must have seemed dead. Perhaps one of history's most difficult tasks is to place oneself in the historical context of a time, or an ethos, or an individual, and to see that very world as someone living then saw it. This is difficult when one considers that we have the comfort and perspective of knowing how events unfolded, or, what Belloc called, "the distorting medium of our later knowledge."(The Great Heresies.) To a Pole in 1939, to an Englishman...
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In the 15th century when Christopher Columbus departed from Spain in the exploration where the Americas' were discovered. One of his crewmembers was African his name was "Pedro Alonso Niño" he was brought for exploration and not to serve as slave. Slavery was no common in those days, even though it was not new. It is known that Catholics and Muslims would enslave each other centuries before. So, enslavement was not a new thing among the europeans. When the America's were discovered some Africans came with the Europeans to the new land. Many of these people came with the intention of exploration. When in Europe the fashion of slavery started to flourish many Europeans already believed that African were less than white peopled but did not know that slavery would be a good business. Soon Africans would start to arrive to the Americas' causing a big impact on this continent culture. The Spanish were the firsts to export slaves from Africa to work in tobacco plantations and other labors. Rapidly this new commerce was extended over the continent and finally arriving to the North American colonies. Soon, many African slaves were brought to the New World against their will and this caused a strong impact on the European and colonist economy. In the mid 1700's about a 40 percent of the population in the Southern colonies was represented by Africans. In addition, in South Carolina after 1710 enslaved Africans outnumbered the white colonists. That shows how cruel were the Americans with Africans, and how these were unwillingly brought to America....
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Paul Robeson was a man who was never given credit for what he did. He starred in many plays and sang in many concerts, and he was also an outstanding athlete. He was even in the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. On top of all of this, he was a civil rights activist. On April 9th, 1898, Paul Leroy Robeson was born in Princeton, New Jersey. He was the youngest of five children. His father had escaped from slavery and became a Presbyterian minister. His mother was from a distinguished Philadelphian family. She burned to death in a stove fire accident, in 1904. For schooling, young Robeson went to a segregated school. For college, he won a scholarship to Rutgers when he was 17 years old. After that year of high school, Robeson immediately went to college. He began to speak out about racism in college. He played four varsity sports in college (baseball, basketball, football, track and field). He was the star running back on the football team and the star catcher on the baseball team. He won 15 sport letters for his efforts. He was also elected twice to the Collegiate All-American Football Team. He also supported himself in the course of his college career by playing professional football on the weekends. During college, Robeson became a member of "The Cap and Skull Honor Society" due to the fact that he studied Latin, Greek, Physics, Math, and History. He was doing very well in all of these classes. Robeson used his power in the honor society to get the word out about racism in America and the rest of the World. As all college students, Robeson had to write a senior thesis. "His senior thesis entitled 'The Fourteenth Amendment, the Sleeping Giant of the American Constitution.' was a scholarly yet passionate examination...
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Aristotle was born in 384 BC.; with him came the birth of Western realism. He was a student of Plato and a tutor to Alexander the Great (Founders 1). It is difficult to discuss the philosophies of Aristotle without bringing up those of his former tutor, Plato. Aristotle's philosophies diverted from Plato's, and led to Aristotle forming his own school, the Lyceum (Wheelwright 1). The Lyceum was a philosophical school that dealt in matters such as metaphysics, logic, ethics, and natural sciences. When teaching at the Lyceum, Aristotle had a habit of walking about as he discoursed. It was in connection with this that his followers became known in later years as the peripatetics, meaning "to walk about" (Owens 1). For the next thirteen years he devoted his life to his teaching and composing his philosophical treatises. Aristotle's contributions and theories in metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology are greatly appreciated today and still used in recent developments. Aristotle's editors gave the name "Metaphysics" to his works on first philosophy, either because they went beyond or followed after his physical investigations (Adler 1). Metaphysics are the theories of the nature of reality. Aristotle broke down Plato's dualism and replaced it with a hierarchy. He stated that both things and ideas are real, but ideas are better. Actually all things are a combination of matter and idea. For example: A chair may be wood, but it is more than just a block of wood. It is wood shaped by an idea. By looking at the chair we can know something of the concept which gives it meaning. The physical chair is real, but the concept which gives it meaning is higher in the matter hierarchy (Wheelwright 2). Aristotle also believed in mind-body dualism, like Plato, which asserts that the mind and body exist on separate planes. Realist metaphysics assumes the existence of objects independently of the human experience of those objects; cognition involves...
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from the Empire Online This Year's Love Opens: 19/02/1999 UK Starring: Kathy Burke, Ian Hart, Catherine McCormack, Dougray Scott Director: David Kane Screenwriter: David Kane Details: 1 hr. 58 mins. Cert. 18 (tbc) UK A six-way couple-swapping romp set in London's trendy Camden Town. The early word on this David Kane-helmed Britflick has been favourable, pitching it as a rival to Notting Hill (the Julia Roberts-Hugh Grant romancer from the Four Weddings And A Funeral team) as this year's Full Monty. Not that it's hard for home-generated fare to stand out just now amid filmic carbuncles such as The Acid House. The action in This Year's Love centres around a group of late 20s/early 30s drifter types each having a stab at happiness in contemporary London. On the girls' side there's airport cleaner Marey (Burke), a no-nonsense barrel-shaped funny "bird"; Sophie (Ehle) a twitchy, self-loathing well-bred trustafarian; and clothes designer Hannah (McCormack), a girl who shags her fiancŽ's best mate days before their wedding. The boys team includes Men Behaving Badly-style chancers (Douglas Henshall and Scott) and a dysfunctional nerd called Liam (Hart). Inevitably, Burke stands out but the entire ensemble is convincing. TYL is a pleasing testimony as to what can be realised from relatively slim pickings - charting the ups and downs of loves lost and found is predictable stuff. Thin though this is (few will buy the unconvincing coincidences that lead the pack of six to shag one another), the plotlines succeed because they are backed up with a gratifyingly gritty script. Comparisons might be made with Four Weddings (although this is smarter) but in the end Four Weddings knew when to end and this film doesn't. Stretched over three one-year segments, the film is unable to sustain the full two hours and ends up indulging itself where brevity would have been prudent. Jennifer Ehle has been successfully cast...
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House Divided A House Divided The seventeenth century proved to be a century of change as men and women crossed the Atlantic for various reasons. Some moved to escape bad marriages, some moved from poverty, and others moved from troubling royal policies. Whatever their reasons were, the colonists had one common goal--- to strive for a better life. Sharing this common bond, Americans banded together and fought for independence during the Revolution. As the Revolution ended, Americans felt overjoyed and united. They managed to overlook some of the differences between them that would eventually lead to an intense conflict in the years to come. Social, economical, and political differences between the two regions would eventually become so intense that they would cause one of the bloodiest battles of all time--- the Civil War. Differences began as early as the years of the colonial period. To begin, the Northern and Southern colonies developed vastly different economies. The Chesapeake colonies' most important staple crop became tobacco. Tobacco affected nearly every aspect of their lives. The colonies were able to collect many duties on tobacco. Harvesting tobacco called for a great deal of work. However, the colonists were unprepared for this work. They were lazy and greedy. Whenever possible, planters in Virginia and the Southern colonies purchased able-bodied workers who were capable of getting the job done. In all of the Southern colonies, white planters forced African slaves to produce staple crops for the world market. In Virginia and Georgia, colonists were granted land for each additional servant they transported to their colony. Along with tobacco, wood, naval stores, and rice were also strong factors in the economic success of Southern colonies such as Georgia and the Carolinas. In contrast to the Southern colonies, the Northern colonies relied heavily upon different exports. Their major...
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Advanced Search | FAQ Home > Free Study Aids > Message Boards Geometry Message Board You are not logged in! | Log in here | Rules & Key | Awards | Board Index | Full Thread View advanced search 83% of 6 votes For Help On Flatland, Here's A Little Bit Of Help! posted by CrippleEverette on 5/17 2:05 AM This was an assignment we got. It includes the questions, not a summary but it'll help in some way hopefully: 1. When was Flatland originally published? Flatland was originally published in London in 1884. 2. What did Edwin A. Abbott do for a living and what was his avocation? Edwin A. Abbott was an English clergyman and author. His avocation was his love for mathematics. 3. Why did Abbott publish Flatland under a pseudonym? Edwin A. Abbott published Flatland under a pseudonym because he was afraid that it might besmirch the dignity of his formal writings. 4. What is the name of the narrator of Flatland? A. Square is the narrator of Flatland. 5. Describe the narrator"'"s parents. The narrator, A. Square, had a line for a mother and a triangle for a father. 6. What is the narrator"'"s profession? The narrator, A. Square, is a lawyer. 7. Describe the plot of the second half of Flatland. In a dream, A. Square finds himself in Lineland. He chats with the king, who is trapped inside a one dimensional body. A. Square encounters the same problem when he dreams of Pointland. Ironically, a stranger comes to visit him later in the story. The creature, a sphere, claims he has something for A. Square. He has trouble understanding the concept past his two dimensional world, just as the those in Lineland and Pointland could not understand past their one-dimensional world. But unlike the king, A. Square is able to go to Shapeland. The sphere then begins to reveal the mysteries of Spaceland. He then orders A. Square to...
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On February 20, 2003, Mr. Lacy Ward, an administrator at Tuskegee University, came to Alabama State University to give to speak at a program sponsored by the English Honor Society. He spoke about the Tuskegee Airmen, the only black airmen in World War II. Mr. Ward's speech was based the knowledge he has obtained from an extensive study of history. His presentation was very educational, inspirational, and intriguing. The Tuskegee Airmen were the best fighter pilots in World War II. There were 1000 pilots and 14000 members of the ground crew, both men and women. They had the best statistics of any other fighter pilots in the war. The airmen escorted 200 allied bombers. All of them returned. They ended many myths about the abilities of African Americans. Before these great African Americans took to the sky, it was believed that African Americans were mentally inferior because of their brain size. This inhibited African Americans from flying planes. There were African Americans, Booker T. Washington, George W. Carver, Robert Moten, and CDT Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., who refused to believe this. These individuals' actions lead to the Tuskegee Experiment. These men opened a school to teach African American to fly planes. Young men and women came from all parts of the United States to be apart of this experiment. The experiment was successful. From it came the best fighter pilots of World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen. The issue that Mr. Ward stressed was that these brave young African Americans were victorious in two fights. It is obvious that they were victorious in WWII. However, many fail that they were in another battle. This battle was against white America, a battle for equality. They over came the obstacles that led to the Civil Rights Movement. The Tuskegee Airmen won too battles in one...
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1. About the Russian Civil War? Russian communist leader Leon Trotsky (1879–1940) was a fanatical supporter of Marxism and Darwinism. In the Russian Civil War of 1918–20, he used the force of the Red Army to stamp out whoever he decided were enemies of the Soviet State. He confiscated food from peasants, brutalized the Ukrainian army of insurgent peasants, and killed its guerrilla leader, N. I. Makhno. He inflicted torture and violence against Christians, mercilessly trashed churches, and led the Society of the Godless to get rid of religion. 2. The Versailles Treaty? Why did the Germans dislike it? The final peace settlement of Paris consisted of 5 separate treaties with the defeated nations-Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey. The Germans were unhappy with Art 231, the so called "War Guilt Clause" which declared Germany and Austria responsible for starting war, and ordering Germany to pay reparations for all damages to which the allied governments and their people were subjected as a result of the war. 3. Which nations were created by the Paris Peace Conference in 1919? Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Hungary. 4. Concept of the Mandate? System that was established after WWI whereby a nation was administered a territory (mandate) on behalf of the League of Nations, France administered Lebanon and Syria as mandates. Great Britain administered Iraq, Transjordan and Palestine. League of Nations? US, Great Britain, France and Italy joined to promote international cooperation and achieve international peace and security by accepting obligations not to resort to war. 5. The Great Depression. What caused it? What was the outcome? A downturn in domestic economics and international financial crisis created by the collapse of the American Stock Market in 1929, over production of basic commodities, impose tariffs, withdrawals from banks this caused trade to slow down, production was cut back, unemployment increased. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's...
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The setting of a spring day, and C shop are somewhat the life of the two Mr. Parson with different attitude towards life. The Mr. Parson back then had no desire and working a dead end job, as if the accident didn¡¦t happen to him, he might still be working at C shop. However, when the terrible handicap struck him, it led to the turning point of his life. He struggled, became motivated and hard working, thus turning into the man he is today, well respected, successful, and he¡¦s done it unaided. Spring is a pleasant season, the air is rich and the sun is warm, and it also symbolizes hope. So if you always have desire for life, and struggle to achieve your goals, there will always be a lovely spring day ahead of you. In China, computer is known as the ¡§electrical brain¡¨. The reason it got this name is because, it¡¦s very similar to a human brain, functions like memorizing, calculating and much of other thing is all a human brain can do. But is computer a real brain? Computer can do a lot thing that our brain cannot do. Today there are about 2 billion computers in the world and millions of computers are made in each year. Computers are already very popular in some countries and I believe soon every family will own a computer. Along with the development of computer, it can be read like a book, watched like a television, and chatted like a telephone. The international computer network linked offices, schools, libraries, and stores together, so the world will be at your fingertips if you own a computer....
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"A Model of Christian Charity" "A Model of Christian Charity" was a sermon that was delivered to the passengers on the Arbella. The sermon was about how a Puritan should obey God and behave. The Puritans believed they were included in the covenant God had with Israel(God would protect them if they obeyed God's laws) and they believed they were God's chosen people. In the sermon John Winthrop said "Now if the Lord shall please to hear us and bring us in peace to the place we desire, then hath he ratified this covenant and sealed our commission...." He was talking about how they have obeyed God's law and should get to the place they are going safely because of the covenant. His main point was giving all the glory to God. In whatever they did to keep it in God's name and always obey God. God is the almighty power and had to be obeyed. "But if we neglect the observation of these articles which are the ends we have propounded, and dissembling with our God, shall fall to embrace this present world and prosecute our carnal intentions, seeking great things for ourselves and our posterity, the Lord will surely break out in wrath against us, be revenged of such a perjured people, and make us know the price of the breach of such a covenant." They truly believed that everything just said would happen to them if they did not obey God's laws. In conclusion the sermon was about the Puritans obeying God's laws and if they did God would protect them by getting them safely to America and "the Lord make it like that of New England"....
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My name is Richard Pryor and today I'm leaving for my first trip towards space exploration. This is the first time I am attempting to keep a journal and have decided to because it will be kind of like a souvenir from my travels to "the unknown". And it is also something I can show my children one day and be able to say "See this is what Daddy does, this is want goes on while flying up by the stars." I have decided to write down my experiences, my feelings, and the things I see while in space. I am extremely nervous and every excited for today's flight. Nervous because I am only the sixth person to attempt to any type of space exploration and because of how many things may go wrong, I am scared that although I have extremely intensive training under my belt that I will freeze and forget everything. But I'm sure I'm just freaking out and that everything will come to me like second nature. I am very excited to see everything from a different point of view, to experience things that not many people get to. I also feel extremely privileged to have been chosen for this flight, it is an amazing honor. Well it's three hours till launch time I should go prepare. Well take off could not have gone smoother, everything went perfect. My crew is amazing. couldn't ask for a better group of guys. Now we are orbiting the Earth for the first time. It's beautiful up here, extremely tranquil. I wish I could stay here forever. What a gorgeous planet we have! How incredible the view is from up here the stars, the moon, the planets it's all amazing. But I'm anxious to get back home I to see my wife,...
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Trevor Heekin Mrs. Niechayev Adv. Am. Lit. 23February2003 A Nation Battles The 1860's were a decade mostly occupied by one nation battling against each other for one thing. They were fighting for slavery, whether it was right or wrong. The American Dream was affected in the 1860's by the Civil War where members of the same country went to war over a topic of freedom in slavery for the people in the South. A war that tore our country to pieces, the Civil War was one that changed our country forever. The Civil War went on from 1861 to 1865. Over 3 million Americans went to battle with 600,000 people dying for their country. A man by the name of Jefferson Davis decided to construct his own country this was known as the secession of the southern states in 1861. These new states would be known as the confederate states. " The confederacy would soon embrace 11 states with a population one-third that of the whole Union-5 ½ million whites and 3 ½ million black slaves" (Life, the 100 events that shaped America). On April 12, 1861 the Civil War officially began when General Pierre Beauregard open fire on Fort Sumter with 50 cannons. Major Battles: 1st Bull Run: July 21, 1861, the first major battle of the Civil War. This was a battle, which resulted in 4,700 estimated casualties. This battle took major impact on both sides. The Confederates were mangled and disorganized, and this showed to President Lincoln that this war would not be over any time soon, it would be long and costly to him. (http://www.civilwar.com) Shiloh: April 6-7, 1861, the Confederates were planning to attack on the 4th but they had minor delays and were put back to the sixth. That still caught the Union army off guard. The Union Army that was led by Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was a bunch of raw recruits who had little experience. After...
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"A New Horizon" It was a bright summer day, when my mother reunion my sibling and I in the living room. "A big change in our lives will occur in a couple of months, " She said with a smile on her face. Looking at her face with that big smile, the first thing that went in trough my mind was: something excited is about to happen. Mom, with her long black curly hair, sitting down with her legs crossed said: " We are moving!" she said. "Where mama, where?" I said anxiously, "Which part of the city, mama?" I lived in Morelia Mexico, three hour away from Mexico City. It is a beautiful city. The average weather is from 65 to 75 degrees; it is always sunny and warm. All my friends lived near me; I walked to school with friends, school was two blocks from the house. It was very important for me to know to what part of the city we were moving to. "Where, mama, where?" I insisted. "A los Estados Unidos" she said, which mean to the United States. My brother, Seb, was so happy to hear that. He got up from the couch, started running, jumping, screaming with glory. "Calm down, calm down" mom said, "You'll be attending to school there, and I'm sure you will like it". My sister, Yanni, with her big eyes fully opened, just stayed sitting down like if nothing had happen or said. I, of course, did not like the news, exclusive I was begging mom to stay were we were at. But I knew this day was going to arrive. My parents' married in Chicago. And most of my relatives live in the northeast part of the United States. After having my brother and lived eleven year in Madison Chicago, I figure they sometime...
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A New Life in the Colonies: A Comparison of Migration to America Aaron Fogleman's Hopeful Journeys and Virginia Anderson's New England Generation provide comprehensive factual accounts of immigration to America during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The authors give vivid details and provide actual immigrant testimonials to depict the struggles and successes of those who made the journey from Europe. Both books reveal intricate details that make a distinction between the immigration of the Germans and the Great Migration. In the following paragraphs, I will discuss and contrast the factors that brought German and English immigrants to America, make a comparison between how and where they chose to settle, and demonstrate the similarities and differences in the social structure as illustrated by Fogleman and Anderson. One could say that the reasons why emigrants moved to the colonies are indicative of who they are and had a direct result on what they became in America. There were three key reasons why settlers migrated to the United States: desire for religious freedom, poor economic circumstances, and encouragement by propaganda. For many, religion was a key aspect in their decision to come to Colonial America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. However, Fogleman believes that religious freedom has been overemphasized as a motivation for German emigrants. While many emigrants believed that they would be escaping religious persecution, Fogleman points out that many European countries were actually far more tolerant than the British, who still ruled Colonial America during this time period. Catholicism was publicly banned in the colonies, whereas general religious tolerance was promised in many eastern European countries. In sharp contrast to Fogleman's views, in his book, Anderson states that religious freedom was a key motivator during the Great Migration. While the economic situation in New England could not be completely promising to immigrants, many...
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The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, shows how women were repressed and had to fight to gain all the freedoms we have today. It shows this through the life of Mrs. Edna Pontellier. At the beginning of the story, Edna is spending time at a summer house with her husband and children. She seems very unattached to her children at this point. Everything she does in the beginning is based on what Mr. Pontellier would like for her to do, and what he would approve of. When Edna meets and begins to spend time with Robert Lebrun she finally begins to realize that she is not treated as her husband's wife, but almost as his servant. He believed her role was only to take care of the house, watch after the children, and receive the family's guest. He was strongly against her going out of the house, especially if it broke any part of her regular schedule. It seems very odd that anytime she talks about being married she always refers to herself as "Leonce Pontellier's wife." She does not refer to him as her husband or that they are married as if they are equal, but always her as his wife as if she is below him. This is all appalling to me. I cannot imagine being told I could not go out for a walk if I wanted to, or knowing that my husband did not really love me but only kept me as a prize to show off to others. Mrs. Pontellier is an incredibly strong woman, being able to fight against her husband's will and become her own person after being under his will for so long. The actions she takes and way she thinks actually make a lot of sense to me. I can understand why she...
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THE BASIC ANNALS OF EMPEROR WUDI After ages of endless war and strife, the Han Dynasty took rest under the administrations of Han Wendi and Han Jingdi. Such solace soon disappeared after Liu Che, sixth sucessor of the Western Han Dynasty, ascended the throne at age 15. This boy became Emperor Wudi, the Martial Emperor. As fierce and as bold as the warrior Hsiang Yu, Wudi dedicated his reign to the suppression of the Huns. The Emperor unleashed three waves of attack on the tribe, driving them far north at Gobi. To hold the enemy at bay, Wudi ordered the construction of a new Great Wall, much more imposing than that of the Qin Dynasty. And the former barrier was renovated still. Before the victory, Han Wudi sent out his trusted general Zhang Qian to propose an allegiance with the Yuezhi Tribe against the Huns. After a thirteen year odyssey of capture and escape, exploration and discovery, Zhang Qian finally returned. The trail that he blazed would become known as the Silk Road, a path which led to a Chinese cultural and economic flourishment. Emperor Wudi established the teachings of Confucius as law, and simultaneously banished all opposing literature. As a ruler, cunning strategies fulfilled his grand ambitions. Upon dying in 86 B.C., he was renamed Emperor Shizong. The Han Dynasty would fall less than 100 years later. THE BIOGRAPHY OF LI LING Li Ling lived noblely as a General to Emperor Wudi and as a son to his parents. He was as fearless a warrior and as trustworthy a friend as the fabled Li Kuang. The Sixth Emperor ordered Li Ling to lead an assault on the Huns. The General pleaded with his majesty to reconsider his strategy, for the enemy would greatly outnumber them. But Wudi refused to make concessions. Li Ling bowed and prepared for sacrafice. The General...
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My very first question is, how did you come to be a Canadian General? From as long as I remember I always pictured myself to be in a General's outfit and have all these soldiers paying heed and accepting my command, however, this seemed like a distant and unrealistic dream to me at that time. At the beginning of the war I enlisted in the militia and this is which actually gave me the opportunity to work my way up the ranks to become a lieutenant colonel of the artillery. In your opinion, what should the background of a Canadian General be? "I am a good enough Canadian to believe, if my experience justifies me in believing, that Canadians are best served by Canadians." Without doubt it is my belief that no Englishman from Britain can be the commander for Canadian soldiers from Canada. An example is General Sir Douglas Haig, who had people from all of the British Empire under his command including Canada, but success was not at his reach since he could not relate as well with all those soldiers from different countries. Also, since the Canadian soldiers were under the command of a British general they probably didn't posses the great feeling that they were actually fighting for their nation. As a result they probably couldn't fight with a real passion and with all their strength and determination. Thus, I deem that the Canadian Soldiers General should definitely be Canadian himself, which will give him and the soldiers the opportunity to relate quite well with one another, and will give both the general and the soldiers the feeling that they are really fighting for a purpose which is for their very own country and their own people. What was your opinion of the Battle of Vimy Ridge? Just like all Canadians...
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A Rent-A-Center's Survival Story by Carolyn Waugh-Tandy There are several states where rent to own contracts are illegal. In those states they use the term rental agreement contract. I was totally knowledgeable of this when I walked into East Stroudsburg, PA Rent-A-Center. Unfortunately I gave into my deep desires and over one month signed four rent to own contracts. No credit check required and you could purchase optional liability insurance- what more could I ask? This all transpired in about October of 2000. I am only now trying to make some sense out of the whole humiliating experience. It became burdensome making our $139.00 weekly payments. The company was advertising in the local newspaper for Account Managers, Assistant Store Managers, and Store Managers. The company would be opening another store in Bethlehem, PA. I went in to make my weekly payment. The District Manager was there. I was introduced to Mr. Louis Hall as an interested candidate qualified to apply for the position of Account Manager. I expressed a desire to blend in with the all male less than 40 group. He was extremely charming and encouraged me to fill out an application. The company ran two adds for employment that year; one in September and one in December. I went to the newspaper later on and got photocopies of the ads. Back to my story, I made those payments for eight months. When I missed a payment we were charged $5.00 per item late charge, plus the next weeks payment. Our bill was then $298.00! Although all the contracts stated weekly as well as bi monthly bill per item, I opted to pay weekly. Yes if I made all my weekly payments I would be paying roughly $1092.31 more. I did not remember signing anything declaring I had to make weekly payments. I guess I wanted to pay weekly so I would never fall behind far enough for them to repossess our things. I really had another thing coming. Truthfully I do not know how I stayed a customer so...
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Dr. Robert Caputi America in the 20th century has tried to avoid war at all costs. The past 100 years has tested the superpower nation to the limits and won by giving America no other choice but to fight. The highly productive nation equipped with its seemingly infinite supply of natural resources makes it an important ally during wartime. America's exporting of war items such as tanks, guns and other machinery has gotten it into trouble in the second World War. Or in South Vietnam where America is policing the spread of communism also got it into the Vietnam War. But these actions were not were not aggresion, but retaliation or control of the spread of communism. The common theme of these two wars displayed by Philip Caputo in A Rumor of War and Stephen E. Ambrose in The Victors was the age of the soldiers. Both wars were fueled by the young men who, through force or patriotism, fought for their country. The boys in the early 1940's had seen their fathers and other males relitives fight in World War I and come back to the United States as heros and gods. This ignited the impressionable minds of the young boys that war was like being a movie star or famous athlete and had few negative conotations. The Veitnam War made many students and young adults question the war it self on why america was sacraficing its own lives to fight another countries conflict. This brought along many protests and intellictual views to not follow our government's commands blindly....
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