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Thomas Wolfe

Thomas Wolfe’s novel “Look Homeward, Angel” contained thinly disguised portrayals of many local people from his hometown


Wovoka, also known as Jack Wilson, was a Paiute shaman who received a vision of peace and instructions on how to perform the Ghost Dance


For the Plains Indians, the tipi was more than just a home—it was a sacred space.


Nineveh was the largest city in the world prior to its destruction in 612 B.C.E.


In the wild, horse societies are matriarchal. At the center of the herd is the alpha or dominant mare (female horse).

Freedom of religion

In 1948 the United Nations defined freedom of religion as a universal human right


In some jurisdictions if the victim survived longer than "one year and a day" the perpetrator could not be tried for murder

Prisoner of war

To be entitled to prisoner of war status, the captured service member must have conducted operations according to the laws of war

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela served 27 years in prison for protesting Apartheid before becoming president of South Africa

Pyramids of Giza

The Great Pyramid at Giza is the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence

Robert E. Lee

General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, is commonly viewed as signifying the end of the American Civil War


The British Empire was known as "the empire on which the sun never sets"

Indigenous peoples of the Americas

There was no definitive culture for the Indigenous peoples of the Americas although cultural practices were shared within geographical zones among otherwise unrelated peoples


The "Arthashastra" has been compared to Machiavelli's "The Prince" because of its brutal methods and unscrupulous ethics

Cape Breton Island

The residents of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in Canada, can be grouped into five main cultures: Scottish, Mi'kmaq, Acadian, Irish, and English

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of children's stories such as 'The Secret Garden' in which the characters suffer hardships before finding happiness, herself suffered great hardship and loss in her own life leading her to a spiritual quest for healing

John Michael Wright

John Michael Wright was commissioned to paint several royal portraits and paintings of aristocracy, but did not receive the title "King's Painter" nor did he receive a knighthood

Manhattan Center

The Manhattan Center was originally built by Oscar Hammerstein I as an alternative venue to the Metropolitan Opera House

Westminster Abbey

Since 1066, the coronations of English and British monarchs have been held in Westminster Abbey

Hermann Rorschach

Hermann Rorschach, inventor of the Rorschach inkblot personality test, was nicknamed "Klecks," meaning “inkblot,” because of his childhood interest in Klecksography, the making of fanciful inkblot pictures

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work to end racial segregation through nonviolent means; at the time he was the award's youngest recipient

Native Americans in the United States

The first Native American group encountered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, were the Island Arawaks (more properly called the Taino)


The igloo, if correctly built, will support the weight of a person standing on the roof

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson broke the color barrier by becoming the first African-American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1955


The Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, is a sacramental reenactment of the Last Supper between Jesus and his disciples, in which Christians partake in the "body" and "blood" of Christ

Barbershop music

Barbershop music is a four-part a cappella style of singing famous for its "ringing" chords in which an overtone is produced that sounds like a fifth note


Alimony has deep roots in history, going back thousands of years to the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi

Phoenix (mythology)

Diverse cultures include variations on the phoenix, a bird with the ability to be reborn


The earliest booksellers were scribes who copied books as they were demanded

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter became an author of children's books after the scientific community rejected her because she was a woman

Mongol Empire

The Mongol Empire, established by Genghis Khan in 1206, was the largest contiguous land empire in human history

Augustus Caesar

Augustus Caesar ended a century of civil wars and gave Rome an era of peace, prosperity, and imperial greatness, known as the Pax Romana, "Roman peace"

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The geographical and historical isolation of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands has resulted in the development an ecosystem with unique floral and faunal habitats

Florida Keys

Key West, located in the Florida Keys, is the southernmost city of the continental United States and only 94 miles from Cuba

Amos Alonzo Stagg

Amos Alonzo Stagg was an end on the first All-America team selected in 1889 and he was elected to both the charter class of the College Football Hall of Fame (1951) and the charter class of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959.


Tlingit spirituality is expressed through art, especially in the form of detailed carvings on totem poles

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park in Maine was the first National Park established east of the Mississippi River


Many of the stories from Genesis are retold in the Qur'an

Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham, jurist, philosopher, legal and social reformer, and English gentleman, is regarded as the founder of modern Utilitarianism


Abrahamic religions do not consider Satan to be a wholly evil being, but rather one who became the adversary of his creator, God

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