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A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

(b. 25 February 1928; d. 14 December 1998),

legal scholar, author, historian, civil rights advocate, and prominent federal judge. Brought up in humble circumstances in Trenton, New...

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A. Philip Randolph

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

(1889–1979), union head and civil rights leader.

A socialist, Asa Philip Randolph saw economic empowerment as the key to African-American advancement, a philosophy he espoused in...

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Aaron Henry

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

(b. 2 July 1922; d. 19 May 1997),

civil rights activist and politician. Born in Dublin, Mississippi, to sharecroppers who encouraged him to get an education, Aaron Henry joined the...

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Aaron McGruder

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

Since its creation by Aaron McGruder (b. 29 May 1974), The Boondocks has filled mailbags of newspaper editors across the country with congratulatory and condemning letters. Taking on racial...

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Abby Kelley Foster

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

(b. 15 January 1810; d. 14 January 1887), reformer, abolitionist, lecturer, and women's rights activist.

Abby Kelley was born in Pelham, Massachusetts, to parents of Irish-Quaker...

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abdication Crisis

Overview page. Subjects: British History — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

The constitutional crisis, resulting from the king of England's determination to marry a divorced woman, Wallis Simpson, which culminated in the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936.

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Abdul Rahaman

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

(b. c. 1762; d. 6 July 1829),

perhaps the most well-known African in America in the 1820s. Ibrahima Abdul Rahaman was born in Timbo, Futa Jallon, Guinea, to King Suri ...

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Abercorn

Overview page. Subjects: European History.

The family's Irish history began when James Hamilton of Linlithgow (d. 1618), created ist earl of Abercorn in the Scottish peerage in 1606, was granted lands in Co. Tyrone. His...

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Aberdeen, cathedrals

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

St Machar's cathedral, built on the site of a church founded by one of St Columba's disciples (c.580), was rebuilt in granite after destruction by Edward III in 1336. Alternately under...

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Aberfan disaster

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

On 21 October 1966 an avalanche of sludge from a coal tip buried the primary school of this south Wales village, causing the loss of 144 lives, mostly young children. The subsequent inquiry...

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