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Kwanzaa: 7 Principles to Honor African Heritage
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Kwanzaa: 7 Principles to Honor African Heritage

Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of life observed for seven days from December 26 to January 1 by people of African descent to honor their heritage. The week-long celebration may include songs, dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large feast on December 31, called a Karamu. A candle on the Kinara (candleholder) representing one of the seven principles on which Kwanzaa is founded, called the Nguzo Saba, is lit every one of the seven nights.

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Rufus Stokes: Champion of Cleaner Air

Rufus Stokes was an inventor born in Alabama in 1924. He later moved to Illinois, where he worked as a machinist for an incinerator company. Rufus Stokes' Air-Purification Device In 1968, Rufus Stokes was granted a patent on an air-purification device to reduce the gas and ash emissions of furnace and power plant smokestack emissions.
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The Global Impacts of the Black Death

The Black Death was one of the worst pandemics in human history. In the 14th century, at least 75 million people on three continents perished due to the painful, highly contagious disease. Originating from fleas on rodents in China, the “Great Pestilence” spread westward and spared few regions. In Europe's cities, hundreds died daily and their bodies were usually thrown into mass graves.
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Oglethorpe University Admissions

Oglethorpe University Admissions Overview: Oglethorpe University is an accessible school, admitting around eight out of every ten applicants each year. Students with high test scores and a strong academic record have a good chance of being accepted to Oglethorpe. Those wishing to attend the school will need to send in an application, transcripts, and scores from the SAT or ACT.
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Country Profile: Malaysia Facts and History

For centuries, port cities on the Malay Archipelago served as important stops for spice and silk traders plying the Indian Ocean. Although the region has an ancient culture and a rich history, the nation of Malaysia is only about 50 years old. Capital and Major Cities: Capital: Kuala Lumpur, pop. 1,810,000 Major Cities: Subang Jaya, 1,553,000 Johor Baru, 1,370,700 Klang, 1,055,000 Ipoh, 711,000 Kota Kinabalu, 618,000 Shah Alam, 584,340 Kota Baru, 577,000 Government: Malaysia's government is a constitutional monarchy.
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Arguments About Animal Rights

Supporters of the animal rights movement and their opponents often use quotes to bolster their arguments. Unfortunately, some of these quotes are taken out of context, misattributed, or otherwise incorrectly used. Famous quotes about animal rights, from Paul McCartney to the Bible, are explored and explained here.
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William Hazlitt's 'On Going a Journey'

It's fortunate that William Hazlitt enjoyed his own company, for this talented British essayist was not, by his own admission, a very pleasant companion: I am not, in the ordinary acceptation of the term, a good-natured man; that is, many things annoy me besides what interferes with my own ease and interest.
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Did 300 Spartans Hold Thermopylae?

One of the all-time great stories of ancient history involved the defense of Thermopylae, when a narrow pass was held for three days against a vast Persian army by just 300 Spartans, 299 of whom perished. The lone survivor took the story back to his people. This legend flourished in the twenty-first century when a film spread the iconic image of six-pack-bearing men in red cloaks fighting a fantastical force.
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Site and Situation in Urban Geography

The study of settlement patterns is one of the most important subjects of urban geography. Settlements can range in size from a small village with a few hundred residents to a metropolitan city of over one million people. Geographers often study the reasons why cities develop where they do and what factors lead to a settlement becoming a large city over time or remaining as a small village.
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The Lost Generation and the Writers Who Described Their World

The term “Lost Generation” refers to the generation of people who reached adulthood during or immediately following World War I. Demographers generally consider 1883 to 1900 as the birth year range of the generation. Key Takeaways: The Lost Generation The “Lost Generation” reached adulthood during or shortly after World War I.
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Lee v. Weisman (1992) - Prayers at School Graduation

How far can a school go when it comes to accommodating the religious beliefs of students and parents? Many schools have traditionally had someone offer prayers at important school events like graduations, but critics argue that such prayers violate the separation of church and state because they mean that the government is endorsing particular religious beliefs.
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Pakistan | Facts and History

The nation of Pakistan is still young, but human history in the area reaches back for tens of thousands of years. In recent history, Pakistan has been inextricably linked in the world's view with the extremist movement of al Qaeda and with the Taliban, based in neighboring Afghanistan. The Pakistani government is in a delicate position, caught between various factions within the country, as well as policy pressures from without.
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The History of Alcatraz

Once considered the prison of American prisons, the island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay has been an asset to the U.S. Army, the federal prison system, jailhouse folklore, and the historical evolution of the West Coast. Despite its reputation as a cold and unforgiving penitentiary, Alcatraz is now one of the most prominent tourist magnets in San Francisco.
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"Speed-the-Plow" Plot Summary and Study Guide

Speed-the-Plow is a play written by David Mamet. It is comprised of three lengthy scenes involving the corporate dreams and strategies of Hollywood executives. The original Broadway production of Speed-the-Plow opened on May 3rd, 1988. It starred Joe Mantegna as Bobby Gould, Ron Silver as Charlie Fox, and (making her Broadway debut) pop-icon Madonna as Karen.
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What 250 Years of Excavation Have Taught Us About Pompeii

Pompeii is arguably the most famous archaeological site in the world. There has never been a site as well preserved, as evocative, or as memorable as that of Pompeii, the luxurious resort for the Roman Empire, which was buried along with its sister cities of Stabiae and Herculaneum under the ash and lava erupted from Mount Vesuvius during the fall of 79 AD.
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Dwight Eisenhower Fast Facts

Dwight Eisenhower (1890 - 1969) was elected to the White House in 1952. He had served as the Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and was a hugely popular figure in the United States. He was able to carry 83% of the electoral vote. Ironically, he never saw active combat despite his many years in the military.
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Learn 600 of the Most Important English Nouns

The 600 nouns in this list are part of Charles K. Ogden's compilation of 850 words, which he released in 1930 with the book "Basic English: A General Introduction with Rules and Grammar." This list is an excellent starting point for building up vocabulary to converse fluently in English. While this list is helpful for a strong beginning, more advanced vocabulary building will help you improve your English.
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Color Field Painting: Art History 101 Basics

Color Field Painting is part of the Abstract Expressionist family of artists (a.k.a., the New York School). They are the quieter siblings, the introverts. The Action Painters (for example, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning) are the loud siblings, the extroverts. Color Field Painting was called "Post-Painterly Abstraction" by Clement Greenberg.
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Hip Hop Culture Timeline: 1970 to 1983

This timeline of hip hop culture traces the beginning of the movement in the 1970s to the early 1980s. This 13-year journey begins with The Last Poets and ends with Run-DMC. 1970 The Last Poets, a collective of spoken word artists release their debut album. Their work is considered a predecessor to rap music as it is part of the Black Arts Movement.
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How to Calculate Percent Error

Percent error or percentage error expresses as a percentage the difference between an approximate or measured value and an exact or known value. It is used in science to report the difference between a measured or experimental value and a true or exact value. Here is how to calculate percent error, with an example calculation.
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Rehearsal Activities to Keep Your Whole Drama Class Engaged

Recently, we received a message in our Plays/Drama forum. We thought we would share it with you because it touches upon an issue many directors and drama teachers deal with. Here it is: "I am currently working on my major production that my drama class is putting on at the end of next month. There are 17 students in the cast, but obviously some have bigger parts than others.
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