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Richard Wright's Social and Literary Education Continues As He Matures As a Writer in the North

During the Great Depression Richard Wright changed several other jobs. For following the Wall Street crash which ushered in the depression, the volume of mails dropped, Wright's working hours were thus cut back considerably before he finally lost his postal job. He then began work, in 1930, on a novel, Cesspool, about black life in Chicago that was published posthumously as Lawd Today! reflecting his experience in the post office. In 1931 Wright published a short story, "Superstition, " in Abbott's Monthly Magazine, a black journal. But unfortunately the journal fails before Wright collects any money from them. He was also given the opportunity to write through the Federal Writers' Project.

My Hardworking Unknown Friend

Everywhere I go I tend to meet people who are in need of emotional support. These people could be from any culture, any shape, and any belief system. I have my 9-5 job at a non-profit organization in the heart of downtown Vancouver. One of my daily routine is to walk over to a local grocery store, a couple blocks away from my work and grab a bite to eat in their deli section. I am a regular customer and I enjoy sitting in their common area, where I have my daily sandwich and coffee. As I have become a regular face here, I have some eye contacts and non-verbal greetings from the cashiers or workers. It feels good to be welcomed even implicitly and few exchanged words.

Ernest Hemingway - Beauty and Grace of the Written Word

In the dark, the old man could feel the morning coming and as he rowed he heard the trembling sound as flying fish left the water and the hissing that their stiff wings made as they soared away in the darkness. He was very fond of flying fish as they were his principal friends on the ocean. He was sorry for the birds, especially the small delicate dark terns that were always flying and looking and almost never finding... Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel? She is kind and very beautiful. But she can be so cruel and it comes so suddenly and such birds that fly, dipping and hunting, with their small sad voices are made too delicately for the sea.

Greek Fire - a Terrifying Early Medieval Weapon

Greek Fire, also known as Byzantine Fire, Greek Byzantine Fire, and Sea Fire, was a terrifying naval weapon mastered by the Greeks and the Byzantines during early Medieval times. This may be the earliest form of naval napalm, and allowed their ships to fight with fire, with some claims that there was so much fire that it seemed like they could light the water itself. The Byzantines usually used it in naval battles to great effect, and their opponents' ships generally couldn't escape it since the Greek fire would continue to burn, even on water. As the fire spread, more and more ships would be consumed by the fire. By what few surviving historical accounts we have left, Greek fire could continue burning even on water and was largely responsible for many Byzantine military victories, extending the life of the empire several centuries.

The History of Ashoka the Great

Asoka was born in 304 BC, to Mauryan Emperor Bindusara and a relatively lower ranked queen, Dharma. The legend associated with the emperor goes that his birth had been predicted by Buddha, in the story of 'The Gift of Dust'. Buddhist Emperor Ashoka had only one younger sibling, Vitthashoka, but, several elder half-brothers. Right from his childhood days Ashoka showed great promise in the field of weaponry skills as well as academics. Asoka quickly grew into an excellent warrior general and an astute statesman. His command on the Mauryan army started growing day by day and because of this, his elder brothers became suspicious of him being favored by Bindusara as the next emperor.

How the Military Saved the Scottish Kilt

The kilt in its modern form which we all know and love, would not have survived if it were not for the military. If you look at the kilt's history, you will see that the garment would have been lost to Scotland, and the rest of the world If it weren't for the Scottish regiments. For a brief look at Scottish history and how it shaped the survival of the kilt, we need to focus on the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, which was the last battle to be fought on British soil. In 1746 the British government passed into law, the Act of Proscription. This act was designed to put an end to the Clansmen's right to bear arms, so removing their ability to revolt, and was the first of several measures designed to crush the Clan system.

The Oil Paradox of Nigeria

The mystery of the Nigerian oil paradox is still a surprise to many in the international community. There is a recent saying that Nigeria is the only country in the world, which imports what she has and exports what she doesn't have. Nigeria today is the world's 6 th largest producer of crude oil and the 2 nd largest supplier to the United States of America. Yet, the price of petrol, diesel and other petroleum products continue to rise. The wealth associated with oil export continues to elude majority of the citizens. While electricity supply is dwindling drastically, infrastructure is breaking down at a fast pace, even when they are been replaced. Yet, the country continues to reap more profit from the export of crude oil, which is getting more expensive increasingly in the international market because of enormous demands from expanding economies like China and India.

The Roman Army Through the Early Period

Rome's history is vast and glorious in military terms. From the 3rd century b.c. into the 3 century a.d. the military machine of the Roman legions was almost unstoppable (yes, they had their bad defeats but overall they had successful campaigns). This article takes a look at the early Roman period in the 3rd and 2nd century b.c. The Roman army had three major unit types on the battle field with two missile troops and one main type of cavalry unit. The three foot soldiers were the Hastati, Principes, and Triarii. The Hastati were the youngest group and least experienced in the army. Their armor was not quite as good as the other two soldier types. The Hastati were the first line of attack or defense in any army.

Hereward Legendary Hero

All the countries of the world have their legendary heroes and the small group of islands that make up the United Kingdom have their fair share. One of those heroes was Hereward the Wake (wary) who led a group of resistance fighters against the forces of William the Conqueror who subjugated England in 1066. Hereward's group a mixture of Saxons and Danes and even the monks from the monastery held the island of Ely deep in the marshland swamps of the Fens. The island was a place of thick reeds, disappearing paths and drowning pools, surrounded by forested areas of land. As a youth Hereward was a bit of a hell-raiser (possibly because his father married his mother under Danelaw and as the son of a second wife he would have been considered the bastard son of a concubine in the eyes of the Christian community) and caused so much trouble that his father Earl Leofric of Mercia approached the then king, Edward the Confessor and asked him to exile his wayward son.

Passport to Heaven

Sarah smiled to herself as she filled the plastic tubs with the thick paste; Mohamed will be pleased she thought, as she clicked the lids firmly into place and carried them over to the bed. The rest of the ingredients had been double-wrapped in plastic and carefully placed amongst the clothing in her case. Now all she had to do was wrap the tubs, place them inside and make sure they were well padded against the knocks of the baggage handlers. Finally satisfied that all was secure, she zipped the case shut and closed the padlock. Carrying the case into the hall she placed it near the door ready for when the taxi arrived and for the tenth time that morning checked that she had her ticket and passport.

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