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Ada Rehan

Ada Rehan  

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(1857–1916)Irish-American actress. Born Ada Crehan in Limerick, her family emigrated to New York in 1862. In 1873 she followed several siblings into the theatre, serving a long apprenticeship in ...
African American Religion.

African American Religion.  

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The religious beliefs of so large and diverse a population cannot be unified into a single, artificial scheme. The African dispersion has now mingled with many other sources, and black ...
Al Capone

Al Capone  

(1899–1947)US gangster who built up a notoriously successful criminal empire in Chicago during the 1920s.Capone was born in Naples but grew up in Brooklyn, New York. A member of the infamous Five ...
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society  

First scientific society in America, founded at Philadelphia (1743) by Franklin, its first president. His successors were Rittenhouse and Jefferson. The Society issues Transactions, Proceedings ...
amusement arcades

amusement arcades  

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Commercial venues of light and often mechanical entertainment particularly popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially in North America. Amusement arcades have many ...
Andre Gregory

Andre Gregory  

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(1934– )American director and actor. After studying acting in New York at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio, Gregory began his directing career with a popular Off-Broadway production ...
Arch Street Theatre

Arch Street Theatre  

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Philadelphia playhouse. Opened in 1826 with William B. Wood as manager, it closed within two years due to conflicts among actors and with the owners. Reopening in 1829 under new ...
Arthur B. Carles

Arthur B. Carles  

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(b Philadephia, PA, 9 March 1882; d Philadelphia, PA, 18 June 1952),painter and teacher. As a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, between 1900 and ...
B. F. Keith

B. F. Keith  

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(1846–1914), manager.Born in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, he left his family farm to join a circus but by the early 1880s had moved into the realm of theatre management, taking ...
banking and finance

banking and finance  

Encouraged by Alexander Hamilton, Robert Morris persuaded the Continental Congress to charter the Bank of North America in 1781. It lent money to the cash-strapped Revolutionary government as well as ...
Bartley Campbell

Bartley Campbell  

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(1843–88)American playwright. Born in Pennsylvania of Irish stock, Campbell came to the theatre after a failed journalistic career. Peril (1871) attracted the actor R. M. Hooley's notice and, working ...
Bartram, John (1699–1777), botanist, father of William (1739–1823)

Bartram, John (1699–1777), botanist, father of William (1739–1823)  

Naturalist.Born on a farm near Darby, Pennsylvania, John Bartram spent most of his adult life on his farm at Kingsessing, four miles from Philadelphia. By 1730 his interest in ...
Battle of Saratoga

Battle of Saratoga  

Either of two battles fought in 1777 during the War of American Independence, near the modern city of Saratoga Springs in New York State. The British defeats are conventionally regarded as the ...
Ben Iden Payne

Ben Iden Payne  

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(1881–1976), manager and director.After a distinguished career in England, associated largely with Shakespearean productions, he came to America in 1913 and worked as artistic director for little ...
Benedict Arnold

Benedict Arnold  

(1741–1801)American soldier and traitor. He was a hero of the early stages of the War of Independence, serving with conspicuous valour at Ticonderoga, the invasion of Canada, and Saratoga Springs. ...
Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin  

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(1706–90)Although Franklin's distinction rests on his work as a scientist and statesman, his homely moral and political philosophy, particularly as expounded in Poor Richard's Almanack (1733–58), has ...
Benjamin Randolph

Benjamin Randolph  

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(b South River, NJ, 30 Jan 1721; d Wading River, NJ, Dec 1791).American joiner and cabinetmaker. By 1762 he was an established craftsman and entrepreneur in Philadelphia. He bought ...
Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush  

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(1745–1813)American physician, statesman, reformer, and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He campaigned for free education and religious tolerance and against alcohol abuse. He ...
Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party  

1773.This marked a stage on the road from resistance to insurrection in North America. The unpopular tea duty was continued after the repeal of the other Townshend duties. In 1773 the East India ...
brewing

brewing  

The process by which beer is made. Fermentation of sugars from barley grain by the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and S. uvarum (or S. carlsbergenesis) produces alcohol (ethanol). In the first stage ...

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