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A. J. Muste

A. J. Muste  

(1885–1967), minister, labor organizer, antiwar activist.Born in the Netherlands, Muste studied at theological seminaries in the United States and became a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church ...
Abe Fortas

Abe Fortas  

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Associate Justice, 1965–69• Born: June 19, 1910, Memphis, Tenn.• Education: Southwestern College, B.A., 1930; Yale Law School, LL.B., 1933• Previous government service: assistant director, corporate ...
AC-47

AC-47  

The first aerial gunship developed for combat support. It grew out of specific needs for a more effective weapon system to defend the strategic hamlets and small forts throughout the ...
Agent Orange

Agent Orange  

A defoliant chemical used by the US in the Vietnam War.
Air America

Air America  

A proprietary airline of the CIA acting as an ordinary civilian air transport firm in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Air America supported the U.S. Air Force in dangerous ...
Air Force, U.S.

Air Force, U.S.  

USAF the part of the U.S. armed forces with primary responsibility for air warfare, military space research, and air defense. It also provides air services to other branches of the ...
Albert C. Wedemeyer

Albert C. Wedemeyer  

(1896–1989), World War II general and diplomat.A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Wedemeyer graduated from West Point in 1919. His service in the regular army included tours in the Philippines ...
Alexander Meigs Haig

Alexander Meigs Haig  

(b Philadelphia, 2 Dec. 1924; d Baltimore, 20 Feb. 2010)US; General US army 1973–9, Supreme Allied Commander Europe 1974–9, White House Chief of Staff 1973–4, Secretary of State 1981–2 Haig was ...
ALP (principles and practice)

ALP (principles and practice)  

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The Australian Labor Party (ALP) was established ‘to create a better, fairer life for working people’. From this foundation Labor's values, policy, and practice have evolved in response to national ...
American Civil Liberties Union

American Civil Liberties Union  

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(‘ACLU’)The ACLU is a non‐profit, non‐partisan organization dedicated to defending the United States Bill of Rights. The organization boasts over 500,000 members and maintains a fifty‐state network ...
American Legion

American Legion  

An organization of U.S. war veterans, founded in Paris on March 15–17, 1919, by delegates from the combat and service units of the American Expeditionary Forces, and given a national ...
amphibious Ships and Landing Craft

amphibious Ships and Landing Craft  

Ships designed to carry, land, and support assault forces and capable of being loaded or unloaded in the objective area by Navy personnel without external assistance.
Armed Forces Radio and Television Service

Armed Forces Radio and Television Service  

AFRTS a Department of Defense activity, the successor to the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) formed in August 1942 to provide information, education, and entertainment to U.S. military forces ...
arms race

arms race  

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A competition between nations for superiority in the development and accumulation of weapons, especially between the U.S. and the former USSR during the Cold War.
Army Rangers

Army Rangers  

Small groups of soldiers trained to make surprise raids behind enemy lines. Although units called “Rangers” were operating in the U.S. West as early as 1670, and the Rangers commanded ...
ARVN

ARVN  

An English acronym for the army of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, abbreviating Army of the Republic of Vietnam. See also National Liberation Front, Vietcong.
Asian Americans

Asian Americans  

[This entry contains seven subentries: Overview; Practice Interventions; Chinese; Japanese, Koreans; South Asians; Southeast Asians.]The term Asian Americans encompasses the immigrants coming from ...
Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Association of Southeast Asian Nations  

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An intergovernmental organisation established in 1967 to accelerate economic growth and promote social progress and regional peace and stability in the region. www.aseansec.org
Australia Party

Australia Party  

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The Australia Party (AP) was a significant minor party in the 1960s and 1970s. Its second preferences were important for the Australian Labor Party (see ALP) in several seats in ...
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation  

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ASIO is Australia's domestic national security and intelligence agency under the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 (Cth). ASIO has no law enforcement powers but investigates and ...

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