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Adolf Hitler: Pure Evil In The Flesh
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... that which causes harm, pain, or misery." The author, Gerald Parshall, wrote of the terror Hitler brought not only to Europe, but to civilization as a whole. "This was madness- the enslaving, torture, and murder of unarmed men, women, and children in the shadow of verdant hills and postcard-perfect castles." (p. 53) The genocide that took place throughout Europe was the Devil at work. Assuming, of course, that the Devil is the epitome of evil, Hitler could easily be called Satan in human form. The immense torture that Hitler inflicted cannot even begin to be expressed in words. This evil and hatred was the seed of all slaughter, rape, and injustice in the Ho ...

All Good Things
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... and said, "If you say one more word, I am going to tape your mouth shut!" It wasn't ten seconds later when Chuck blurted out, "Mark is talking again." I hadn't asked any of the students to help me watch Mark, but since I had stated the punishment in front of the class, I had to act on it. I remember the scene as if it had occurred this morning. I walked to my desk, very deliberately opened by drawer and took out a roll of masking tape. Without saying a word, I proceeded to Mark's desk, tore off two pieces of tape and made a big X with them over his mouth. I then returned to the front of the room. As I glanced at Mark to see how he was doing, he winked a ...

Martin Luther King: Civil Rights Patriot
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... of nonviolent protest. He moved to Alabama to become pastor for a Baptist church. Just after he received his Ph.D. in 1955, King was asked to lead a bus boycott in Montgomery. It had been formed after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give her seat to a white passenger. Throughout the 381 days which the boycott lasted, he was arrested and jailed, repeatedly threatened, and his home was bombed. The boycott ended later that year when the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public transportation. This was his first victory and alone made Dr. King a highly respected leader. When he went to India in 1959, he studied Gandhi's principle of "Satyagraha" or nonviolen ...

Aldous Huxley
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... the granddaughter of Thomas Arnold, a famous educator and headmaster of Rugby school (-Biography). When Huxley was fourteen years old, his mother died of cancer. He said his mother’s death “gave him a sense of the transience of human happiness” and “he felt that heredity made each individual unique, and uniqueness of the individual was essential to freedom” (-Biography). From 1908 until 1913, Huxley studied at Eton College (Aldous (Leonard) Huxley). While at Eton, Huxley developed a condition of near blindness that plagued him until his death (Philosopher’s Corner Presents: ). After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English at Balliol College, Oxford, Huxley wo ...

Malcom X
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... interested in the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, the leader of the Black Muslims, also called the Nation of Islam. Malcolm spent his time in jail educating himself and learning more about the Black Muslims, who advocated racial separation (Islam itself does not encourge or accept racism or racial separation but the Black Muslims group of that time did). When Malcolm was released in 1952, he joined a Black Muslim temple in Detroit, and took the well known name of Malcolm X. In 1958 he married Betty Shabazz, and together they had six daughters. By the early 1960s, the Nation of Islam had become well known and Malcolm was their most known and popular speake ...

Florence D. Griffith
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... seven, she liked chasing jack rabbits. She won most if the little games she played with the rabbits. When she decided that she really liked running. She joined the Sugar Ray Robinson Youth Foundation. This time she ran against children her age.S he beat them all. But in high school she did set reacords in the sprint and the long jump. But there was one girl she just couldn't beat. Her name was Valerie Brisco. Bobby Kersee became her coach. Later, Valerie Brisco joined them both at the University of southern Calirfoina. Bobby coached her throughout college. She was invited to the United States Olympic Trials in 1980. She came up just short of gaining a spot on the t ...

Elie Wiesel
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... for a year. A friend convinced him to apply for U.S. citizenship, and he eventually decided to remain in America. Elie has written more than thirty-five books, including Night, The Accident, A Beggar in Jerusalem, The Forgotten and From the Kingdom of Memory. His wife, Marion, has translated most of his books into English. His books have won numerous awards, including the Prix Medicis for A Beggar in Jerusalem, the Prix Livre Inter for The Testament and the Grand Prize for Literature from the City of Paris for The Fifth Son. Wiesel's most recent books published in the United States are A Passover Haggadah, Sages and Dreamers. The first volume of his memoirs, "All ...

Charles Dickens
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... Ellis and Blackmore Firm. · 1832 - Started to work as a Parliamentary reporter at the True Sun for eight months. · 1833 - First publication of sketches called Dinner at Poplar in Monthly Magazine. · 1834 - Went to work for Morning Chronicle. · 1836 - Sketches by Boz are published in volumes. First Installment of Pickwick Papers published. Charles marries Catherine Hogarth, daughter of the editor in Morning Chronicle. In November, Charles begins editing job at Bentley’s Magazine. · 1837 - Edits a magazine called Master Humphrey’s Clock. First sketch of The Old Curiosity Shop published. · 1842 - First installment of Barnaby Rudge in Master Humphrey’s Clock. V ...

Robinson Crusoe
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... escape drowning. But once safe on shore he found his old longing resurfacing, and Robinson took sail aboard another ship Alas, the ill-fated vessel was captured by Turkish pirates. Crusoe managed to avoid capture and made off in a small craft. Together, he and a young companion navigated along the coast of Africa, where they were pursued by both wild beasts and natives. A Portuguese ship finally rescued them and they sailed for Brazil. In the new land Crusoe established a prosperous sugar plantation. But again a feeling of lonely dissatisfaction overcame him: "I lived just like a man cast away upon some desolate island, that had nobody there but himself." Then cam ...

Frederic Douglass
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... America was going above and beyond the call of duty to give its citizens these freedoms and rights. The country was founded with a main focus on freedom from Tyranny. This is shown by the following excerpt from the Declaration of Independence: "The history of the present King of Great Britian is a history of repeated injuries and ununsurpations, all having direct object the establishment of Tyranny over these states." When the Constitution was written the first ten amendments were a bill of rights. The amendement the was most powerful was the ninth. "The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others re ...

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