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Unbelievable True Story About the Fox Sisters, Spiritualism, & the Biggest hoax of the 19th Century

Unbelievable True Story About the Fox Sisters, Spiritualism, & the Biggest Hoax of the 19th Century

Many may not know that the religious movement that swept the world during the nineteenth century was essentially concocted by a couple of girls playing a trick on their parents some 173 years ago in Hydesville, New York. On March 31, 1848, Margaretta and Catherine Fox were home alone sewing carpet rags and scheming about what pranks they would pull on their friends on the following All Fools’ Day while their parents…

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Finding Treasure in an Unlikely Place

Finding Treasure in an Unlikely Place

Finding a new artifact to add to one’s One-Place Study is something I think we can all agree is exciting! While some “One-Placers” may have an overabundance of civil records, church records, newspaper articles, letters, photographs, etc. at their disposal (depending on where and when they are located), others may have to dig a little deeper, look a little harder, to find even an ounce of information about their places. For those…

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Italian Jews Who Survived the Shoah: A Critical Analysis Using Elements of Thought

Italian Jews Who Survived the Shoah: A Critical Analysis Using Elements of Thought

Paul and Elder (2019) define eight elements of thoughts used in critical thinking: purpose, question at issue, information, interpretation and inference, concepts, assumptions, implications and consequences, and point of view. As these components are embedded in all reasoning, they are utilized here in deconstructing Picciotto’s 2016 “Italian Jews who survived the Shoah: Jewish self-help and Italian rescuers, 1943-1945.” This analysis begins with the matter of purpose – what was Picciotto trying to…

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On the Causes of the March Russian Revolution of 1917

On the Causes of the March Russian Revolution of 1917

The twentieth century was one filled with significant change within the European continent, including the Russian Revolution of 1917, which consisted of two pivotal rebellions in March and November of that year. [1] While the latter November Revolution led to the rise of a group of communists known as the Bolsheviks to power, it was the initial March Revolution that ended centuries of imperial rule in Russia. Though several distinct causes precipitated…

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World War II

World War II

World War II was unquestionably the largest and most significant armed conflict in human history. While it may have officially begun when Adolf Hitler’s Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, roots of conflict stemmed from the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and the resulting Treaty of Versailles. Placing the full blame for the First World War on Germany, the treaty demanded heavy war reparations from the country. Because of this, the…

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Consequences of World War I: The Paris Peace Conference & the Russian Revolutions of 1917

Consequences of World War I: The Paris Peace Conference & the Russian Revolutions of 1917

In what ways did the failures of both the treaties and the League aggravate the unresolved problems of the war? What were the primary internal causes of the Russian Revolutions (March and November), and what role did the war play in these two revolutions? Following the end of World War I in 1918, 70 delegates from the 27 victorious nations gathered in Paris at Louis XIV’s palace in January 1919. The Paris…

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