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American History

Amid Calls for Changes to Constitution, Understanding How They Work

August 1, 2022

Calls to action for amending the U.S. Constitution are everywhere. As a controversial Supreme Court drafts opinions on several issues, clamor for a new amendment to the Constitution has gained momentum. In the United States, constitutional amendments can be proposed two ways. […]

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History

What Led to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962?

August 1, 2022

The Soviets made every effort to recruit and keep Cuba as their socialist ally. To counter US threat, they stationed missiles in Cuba resulting in the crisis famously referred to as the Cuban missile crisis. […]

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History

Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution

August 1, 2022

When Fidel Castro came to power, he redistributed wealth and resources, introducing agriculture reforms. He also promoted local industries to counter dependence on t US. […]

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History

Che Guevara and the Guatemalan Coup

July 31, 2022

The CIA in Guatemala toppled the democratically elected Arbenz government via a military coup. It was all to do with safeguarding the economic interests of an American business, the United Fruit Company. […]

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History

Superstitious Pirate Crews and Their Rituals

July 28, 2022

Living among pirates involved a culture of closeness since members of the crew were from different cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. Various rituals helped to obscure these differences. […]

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History

What Did Pirates Eat on Ships?

July 28, 2022

There was profit and greater freedom in private life. But, one of the least appealing aspects of pirate life was food. Survival on long naval voyages with limited food is not an easy task. […]

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History

The Death of Volsung and a Plot for Vengeance

July 26, 2022

After Siggeir killed his father-in-law, Volsung, he also took his ten sons captive. His wife, Signy, who was also Volsung’s daughter, pleaded that he let them live for as long as possible. But, she had revenge in her mind. […]

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