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  • Lives Of 19th Century French Coal Miners
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    Germinal, based on the landmark novel by Emile Zola, presents a startlingly authentic and powerful look into the tumultuous, tragedy-riddled lives of 19th century French coal miners. Forced to endure hellish conditions, risk death and dismemberment, and work from before dawn until after dusk, these men and women had only one alternative to mining: starvation. Germinal is not a happy story, but it is impossible not to sense the realism that pervades the project. The film opens with the arrival of...
  • Violetta's Choice
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    La Traviata A Commentary The film "La Traviata" displayed a fundamental romantic attack on conventional bourgeois morals, arguing that a good heart is more important than social acceptance, that the distinctions which split the beau monde (socially elite) from the demimonde (courtesans) are harsh and hypocritical, and that true love must triumph over all. Alfredo's father destroyed this relationship when he pays visit to Violetta and request she break off the relationship with his son. Alfredo's...
  • Six Circus Companies Including Barnum And Bailey
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    A circus is an arena for acrobatic exhibitions and animal shows. Usually circular and surrounded by tiers of seats for spectators, a circus may be in the open air but is usually housed in a permanent building or sheltered by a tent. The term circus is also applied to the performance itself and to the troupe of performers. The entertainment offered at a circus generally consists of displays of horsemanship; exhibitions by gymnasts, aerialists, wild-animal trainers, and performing animals; and com...
  • Wind Chest And Pipes Of Small Organs
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    HISTORY AND ORIGINATORS OF KEYBOARD BAROQUE PERIOD Harpsichord (Italian cembalo; French clave cin), stringed keyboard instrument in which the strings are plucked to produce sound. It was developed in Europe in the 14th or 15th century and was widely used from the 16th to the early 19th century, when it was superseded by the piano. In the 20th century the harpsichord was revived for performance of music of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, as well as for new compositions. The incisive sound qua...
  • Popularity Of Swimming
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    Swimming Swimming is the act of moving through the water by using the arms, legs, and body in motions called strokes. The most common strokes are the crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and sidestroke. Some scientists believe that human beings are born with an instinctive ability to use their arms and legs to stay afloat. That instinct, however, disappears within a few months after birth. Later in life many children and adults learn to swim in order to be safe around the water, to have f...
  • 19th Century Zoo
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    Parade of the beasts Zoo: A History of Zoological Gardens in the Westby Eric Baratay & Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier 400 pp, Reaction Books Different Nature: The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future by David Hancocks 296 pp, University of California Press The zoological garden is a European phenomenon - as well as a European invention and export. Across the continent about 150 million visitors decide to "go to the zoo" each year. And the history of that all-too-concrete metaphor of d...
  • Women From Many Jobs
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    Throughout most of history women generally have had fewer legal rights and career opportunities than men. Wifehood and motherhood were regarded as women's most significant professions. In the 20th century, however, women in most nations won the right to vote and increased their educational and job opportunities. Perhaps most important, they fought for and to a large degree accomplished a reevaluation of traditional views of their role in society. Early Attitudes Toward Women Since early times wo...
  • Mathematicians
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    The history of Algebra began in ancient Egypt and Babylon time. Diophantus of Alexandria wrote the first treatise on Algebra in the 3rd century A.D. The term derives from Arabic or literally "the reunion of broken parts". As well as its mathematical meaning, the word also means the surgical treatment of fractures. Ancient civilizations wrote out algebraic expressions using only occasional abbreviations, but by medieval times Islamic mathematicians were able to talk about arbitrarily high powers ...
  • Late 19th Century
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    During the late Nineteenth Century our country was going through an industrial change. With this change the status and contributions of women, african americans, native americans, and immigrants were also changing. Most of the changes were positive and were encouraged by most. As families became strapped for cash women were forced to work and were given jobs of somewhat decent pay and had an essential role in the emerging of factories. Most african americans were freed of slavery during this poi...

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