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The Presidency Of Gerald Rudolph Ford
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... toward healing the wounds of Watergate. Inheriting a crippled economy ravaged by inflation and unemployment, Ford pursed cautious policies that achieved a partial recovery. He sought accommodations with the Soviet Union and China, and he helped preserve a tenuous Middle Eastern peace. But public desire for more vigorous leadership led to his defeat in the 1976 presidential election. During World War II, Ford served four years in the Navy as an aviation operations officer, including two years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Monterey. He was discharged as a lieutenant commander. After practicing law again, Ford ran for congress in 1948 with the support of Sen. Arthur ...

William Richardson Davie
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... a charge at Stono, near Charleston, on June 20, 1779. Early in 1780 he raised another troop and operated mainly in western North Carolina. In January 1781 Davie was appointed commissary-general for the Carolina campaign. In this capacity he oversaw the collection of arms and supplies to Gen. Nathanael Greene's army and the state militia. After the war, Davie embarked on his career as a lawyer, traveling the circuit in North Carolina. In 1782 he married Sarah Jones, the daughter of his former commander, Gen. Allen Jones, and settled in Halifax. His legal knowledge and ability won him great respect, and his presentation of arguments was admired. Between 1786 an ...

Thomas Jefferson
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... Small taught him mathematics and introduced him to science. He associated intimately with the liberal-minded Lt. Gov. Francis Fauquier, and read law (1762-1767) with George Wythe, the greatest law teacher of his generation in Virginia. Jefferson became unusually good at law. He was admitted to the bar in 1767 and practiced until 1774, when the courts were closed by the American Revolution. He was a successful lawyer, though professional income was only a supplement. He had inherited a considerable landed estate from his father, and doubled it by a happy marriage on Jan. 1, 1772, to Martha Wayles Skelton However, his father-in-law's estate imposed a burdensome debt ...

Ray Bradbury
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... moved from Waukegan, Illinois to Tucson, Arizona, only to return to Waukegan again in May 1927. By 1931 he began writing his own stories on butcher paper. His childhood was very important to him because it was a constant source of intense sensations, feelings, and images that generate great stories. As a child he was first inspired by seeing "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". "His childhood was that of a pleasant memory of a half-forgotten dream" (Person I). In 1932, after his father was laid off his job as a electrical lineman, the Bradbury family again moved to Tucson and again returned to Waukegan the following year. In 1934 the Bradbury family moved to Los Ange ...

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... the other obvious education is the exposer to either the Geneva Bible or the Bishopsí Bible or King James. It also brings him to the influence of The Book of Common Prayer. No one knows exactly how long William remained at the Stratford Grammar School but it is believed that an assistant of John forced him to withdraw William from thence. His later education must be the ways of business he would have learned around his fatherís shop. Spectators said they have seen William give speeches to the calf before slaughtering them for his fatherís leather work. William married Ann Hathwey in 1582. She was also from Stratford where William was born. Even though she was ei ...

Ozzy Osbourne
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... the fact that Ozzy had a little too much to drink that evening as usual. Another thing that Ozzy has done because of the fact that it just made him mad is that one day Ozzyís wife Sharon came home one day and found Ozzy on the floor underneath the piano with a shotgun in one hand and a bloody knife in the other with seventeen dead cats all around him. What happened is Ozzy had drank and smoked and done all kinds of drugs and he didnít like the cats to begin with so he shot and stabbed every one of them. He just didnít care if they died or not. If thatís not enough for you to realize that Ozzy doesnít care about what people think then listen to this. One day Ozzy w ...

Herman Melville
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... After another year at sea he returned to America in the fall of 1844. Although he had never before attempted serious writing, in 1846 he published Typee an account of his life in the Marquesas. The book was a great success, for Melville had visited a part of the world almost unknown to Americans, and his descriptions of his bizarre experiences suited the taste of a romantic age. As he wrote Melville became conscious of deeper powers. In 1849 he began a systematic study of Shakespeare, pondering the bard's intuitive grasp of human nature. Like Hawthorne, Melville could not accept the prevailing optimism of his generation. Unlike his friend, he admired Emer ...

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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... for the rest of her life. Doctors began treating her with morphine, which she would use until she died. While riding a pony when she was fifteen, Elizabeth also suffered a spinal injury. Throughout her teenage years, Elizabeth taught herself Hebrew so that she could read the Old Testament. Her interests then later turned to Greek studies. Accompanying her appetite for the classics was a passionate enthusiasm for her Christian faith. She became active in the Bible and Missionary Societies of her church. In 1826 Elizabeth then anonymously published her collection An Essay on Mind and Other Poems. Two years after that her mother passed away. The slow abolition of slave ...

The Life And Work Of Frederick Douglass
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... works, and also through activities such as the Underground Railroad, and also his role in organizing a regiment of former slaves to fight in the Civil War for the Union army. Due to the Fugitive Slave Laws, Douglass became in danger of being captured and returned to slavery. He left America, and stayed in the British Isles. There he lectured on slavery, and gained the respect of many people, who raised money to purchase his freedom. In 1847, Douglass relocated to Rochester, New York, and became the person in charge of the Underground Railroad. Here he also began the abolitionist newspaper North Star, which he edited until 1860. In this time period, Doug ...

Constitutionalism: The Tyranny
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... let alone, there every day lives. He held up the American system as a successful model of what aristocratic European systems would inevitably become, systems of democracy and social equality. Although he held the American democratic system in high regards, he did have his concerns about the systems shortcomings. Tocqueville feared that the virtues he honored, such as creativity, freedom, civic participation, and taste, would be endangered by "the tyranny of the majority." In the United States the majority rules, but whose their to rule the majority. Tocqueville believed that the majority, with its unlimited power, would unavoidably turn into a tyranny. He felt that ...

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