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Malcolm X was the person the Panthers admired most, plain and simple. He was the inspiration for the Black Power Movement.


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TL/ DR The figure of 60,000 fatalities due to malaria seems ridiculously high. The figures published by the Medical Departments of the various United States armed services in the years after the war provide a figure in the hundreds, rather than in the tens of thousands. US Army - 302 deaths due to malaria between 1942 and 1945 US Navy & US Marine ...


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Plenty of answers but I am not sure if any address the terms of OP's question, so I'll had my own: The question is, AFAI Understand: How did the Americans managed to design good tanks, even before entering the ground campaign with their own troops, while their British allies, failed?. SHORT ANSWER: British medium and heavy tanks lacked firepower and ...


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The answer is related to the map you posted about rainfall. The population of the eastern third of the continental US is denser because of settlement patterns that reflect the local availability of water resources. This quirk of human geography occurs because of the need for irrigation. As detailed by Harvey Leifert in "Dividing line: The past, present and ...


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Not really; Martin Luthor King by his own admission encountered Gandhian ideas very early on in his political formation; he was inspired by his philosophy when he first heard of them during his studies at Crozer Theological Seminary: In a talk prepared for George Davis’ class, Christian Theology for Today, King included Gandhi among “individuals who ...


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Malcolm X died in 1965 and the Black Panther Party was founded by Bobby Seale & Huey Newton in late October 1966: They had actually met in 1962 when they were both students at Merritt College where they joined Donald Warden's Afro-American Association. There they read widely, debated, and organized in an emergent black nationalist tradition inspired ...


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T.E.D.'s answer (+1) is complete with regard to the human history of the Americas, but the rich soil in the "cotton belt" or "black belt" has a geological explanation as well. The article "How presidential elections are impacted by a 100 million year old coastline" by Craig McClain, "Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium", describes ...


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I'll answer this question assuming it has one implication: was an average Soviet person aware, that the equipment had come to the USSR as virtually free aid, as people in the West think of it (and which it may well be)? Certainly operators, maintenance technicians of aircraft, trucks, tanks, engines knew it came from the US or Britain. I consider it to be ...


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You are describing part of what is referred to as the Black Belt in the American South. It can be seen here in a map of majority-black US counties. Your suspicions for the reason for this are quite correct. This corresponds to the interior of the old cotton belt. This area was historically the richest river-fed southern soil, with the largest plantations, ...


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The comment was made in a private meeting with the historian Nicholas Murray Butler. Butler recounted the anecdote, and the context in which it was made in his book Across the busy years: recollections and reflections, Volume 1, published in 1935 (more than a decade after Warren Harding's death). Butler prefaced the story with some opinions about Harding's ...


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With regards to your one pissed off customer scenario, you have to bear in mind these bars were run by the mob. Landlords who decided they did not want to buy from a criminal gang would face violent retribution. An individual customer would be much more easily intimidated. If an individual bar was reported to the police the person complaining, if their ...


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If you are interested in some of the actual political blaming being discussed by that quote, you'll probably want to take a look at the writings of the US' first political hatchet-man, James Callender. However, he didn't actually seem to have much compunction against saying nasty things about Washington. He wrote this when Washington left office: If ...


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The law was not universally loved by the Americans. Some stats I've seen showed that as many as 25% of the adult population were drinking illegal alcohol in some form. Several politicians (including perhaps the President of the USA) plus many police liked their occasional drink and the law was an inconvenience to them. They were not fanatically motivated to ...


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I've always been baffled and fascinated by this "prohibition" era in the USA between 1920 and 1933. That's 13 years! Let us remind ourselves that we are talking about the 1920s and this is over a century ago; and let us also remind ourselves that the Americas had only been colonised by the West for - what - three centuries by then. Alcoholism was likely to ...


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Prohibition was enacted largely at the behest of pressure groups. This was a very new political tactic in the US where a group uses an emotional issue to create themselves a sizable cadre of single-issue voters, who they can deploy surgically to unseat any politician who isn't in a completely safe district who opposes them. Arguably this tactic had been ...


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British Responses to the threat of Soviet Collapse. The Grand Alliance After the beginning of Operation Barbarossa on 22nd June 1941, the British were well aware of the strategic importance to themselves of keeping the Soviet Union fighting for as long as possible. Churchill announced to the world on the day of the invasion the British government's ...


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"Most" officers in the Navy (and Army and Marines) get two promotions if they stay long enough. In the Navy, that would be from Ensign (ENS.) to Lieutenant Junior grade (LTJG.) and then to Lieutenant (LT - the equivalent of an Army or Air Force Captain). That's because the first two officer ranks are basically "trainee" positions, and the last one mentioned ...


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This is a complex question. I will provide you with a very generalized macro answer of one aspect of how this phenomenon came to be, but realize there are many factors in play, and that this is not a unique situation to America. The United States has experienced several notable immigration waves, the bulk of each comprised of individuals from particular ...


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The first United States census began on August 2, 1790. Unlike modern census questions, the early versions usually were limited to 6 questions: name of the head of the family and the number of persons in each household of the following descriptions: Free White males of 16 years and upward (to assess the country’s industrial and military potential), free ...


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Those are typically worn to designate mourning in Western culture. However, its very rare to see them on anyone other than a man who has just or is just about to attend a funeral, usually as one of the pallbearers. Additionally, its only worn if the person in question doesn't have an appropriately black or dark suit coat (or dress) to wear, which is ...


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