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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Common Sense

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Willi Paul Adams

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History

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2013
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Social sciences, Politics, Law, History of Law
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...was published in February by the Philadelphia printers Melchior Steiner and Carl Cist . This wide distribution, together with newspaper excerpts, made Common Sense the single most influential pamphlet of the Revolutionary War. In rousing agitator’s rhetoric, Paine dispelled as a myth the “balanced,” liberty-protecting char- acter of the British constitution. Hereditary monarchy and aristocracy were absurd, Paine argued, and irreconcilable with the natural equality of human beings. The colonists could not seriously hope for a permanent...

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Nuclear Regulatory Commission   Reference library

J. Samuel Walker

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History

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2013
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...safety of nuclear power and other civilian applications of nuclear energy. The NRC, headed by five commissioners appointed by the president of United States , began operations in January 1975 . Most of its staff members were holdovers from the AEC, but the new agency hoped to dispel the widespread public suspicion of the AEC by demonstrating its toughness as a regulator. This proved difficult, if not impossible. As the public debate over nuclear power safety raged on, former critics of the AEC were not inclined to regard the NRC more charitably. The NRC’s...

Miranda v. Arizona

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Yale Kamisar

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History

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...has been arrested. In the “interrogation environment,” the Miranda majority concluded, a suspect typically assumed (erroneously) or was misled by the police into believing that he or she had to answer their questions. Thus, unless “adequate protective devices” were utilized to dispel the anxiety and coercion inherent in police interrogation, no statement obtained from a suspect could truly be the product of a free choice. The adequate protective devices set down by the Court (unless the government adopted other equally effective means) were the now-familiar ...

Jefferson, Thomas

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Brian D. Steele

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History

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...of power & priestcraft.” Such effusion seems confirmed somewhat less by his own close victory over Adams (and over running mate Burr) than by the majorities the Republicans gained in Congress and by his overwhelming reelection in 1804 . His first inaugural address attempted to dispel the bitterness of the partisan struggle, encouraging his “fellow-citizens” to “unite with one heart and one mind” and suggesting that “every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle… We are all republicans, we are all federalists.” True Americans were both and thus...

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