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abridgements of Dickens's works

abridgements of Dickens's works  

Were made by the author himself when preparing his public readings. Since then most have been made either to introduce the novels to persons unfamiliar with them, or to make ...
Alliance for Progress

Alliance for Progress  

A US initiative under President John F. Kennedy, formalized in August 1961 when the countries of Latin America (bar Cuba) and the USA signed a Charter at Punta del Este in Uruguay. Its aim was ‘the ...
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater  

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, is an internationally renowned modern dance company emphasizing Western and Afrocentric concert dance. Ailey was born in Rogers ...
Alvin Schwartz

Alvin Schwartz  

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(1927–1992), best-selling author, known for his collections of humorous and scary folk tales. Born in Brooklyn, he briefly attended City College in New York, served in the U.S. Navy, then ...
amateur theatricals of Dickens

amateur theatricals of Dickens  

Dickens's first piece of writing, Misnar, Sultan of India, was a drama based very closely on his favourite childhood reading, The Arabian Nights. Fairly certainly, its 9-year-old author wrote it not ...
American Century

American Century  

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The phrase “the American Century”—now ubiquitous shorthand for the military, technological, cultural, and economic dominance of the United States during the twentieth century—entered the popular ...
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 Israel Public Affairs Committee

American Israel Public Affairs Committee  

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The organizational origins of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) began with the formation of the American Zionist Council (AZC) in January 1951 as an organization to lobby Congress ...
American Literature

American Literature  

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This entry contains two subentries: An Overview, Sea FictionAmerican sea literature has roots in Greek, Roman, Irish, and Norse mythology, the Bible, and the English Renaissance, whenever humans have ...
American Notes for General Circulation

American Notes for General Circulation  

Travel account by Dickens, published in 1842. Dickens visited the U.S. (Jan.–May 1842) in a tour that took him from Boston and New York to Canada and as far west as St. Louis. His book is almost ...
Anti-Americanism

Anti-Americanism  

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Rather than a unified ideology or movement, anti-Americanism encompasses loose, sometimes vague misgivings, economic and political rivalries, philosophical and ideological oppositions, and violent ...
Anzio

Anzio  

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After the Salerno landings had been mounted in September 1943, the Allies planned a second landing on the west coast of Italy during the battle for the Mediterranean to try ...
ANZUS

ANZUS  

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An acronym given to a tripartite Pacific security treaty between Australia, New Zealand, and the USA, signed at San Francisco in 1951. Known also as the Pacific Security Treaty, it recognizes that an ...
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
(Benjamin) Sumner Welles

(Benjamin) Sumner Welles  

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(1892–1961),US under-secretary of state from 1937 until his resignation in September 1943. He was highly thought of by Roosevelt who liked to deal with him direct. He represented the ...
Betsy James

Betsy James  

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(1948–), American writer and illustrator of more than a dozen picture books and two young adult fantasy novels, Long Night Dance (1989) and Dark Heart (1992). James has illustrated several ...
Black Crook

Black Crook  

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A 19th-century theatrical extravaganza, which had an enormous impact on the development of American music hall and vaudeville. First produced on 12 Sept. 1866 at Niblo's Garden in New York, it was ...
Boz

Boz  

The pseudonym used by Charles Dickens in his Pickwick Papers and contributions to the Morning Chronicle; in his preface to the Pickwick Papers (1847), Dickens explained that he had taken the name ...
British Security Co-ordination

British Security Co-ordination  

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Intelligence organization established in New York in August 1940 by the Canadian-born William Stephenson. In its early days it represented MI6 and SOE in the western hemisphere, and, until 1943 ...
Burns clubs

Burns clubs  

Are societies devoted to the life and work of Robert Burns. The earliest meeting of devotees of Burns took place in the summer of 1801, only five years after the ...

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