Gas Kills One-Armed Wrestler

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After decades of campaigning, the temperance movement succeeded in getting the 18th Amendment ratified by 1920.  Americans would no longer be able to manufacture, sell or transport alcohol.  Cider and wine for personal use could be made at home but beer and whiskey were banned.  Prohibition, America’s great social experiment, would make the average American a criminal. Prohibition went into

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1905 and 1917 Russian Revolutions

The focus of this essay is the comparison of the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917 using a Most Similar Systems Design.  I will discuss the Tsarist government, the Bolshevik revolutionary organization, and the Russian army-secret police in both 1905 and 1917.  In all three key components of the revolutions: the tsarist government, the Bolshevik revolutionaries, and the army-secret police,

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Andre Bazin on Eisenstein

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Andre Bazin strongly argues for film directors to utilize certain cinema techniques such as deep focus photography, longer takes and less dependence on montage to make “realistic” films.  Bazin theorizes that since film mechanically reproduces an image of reality, directors should take that reality into account, when they compose their films.  While it is debatable whether a film needs to

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George Baptiste Wins Detroit Tournament

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During March 1891, George Baptiste travelled from St. Louis to Detroit to take part in a catch-as-catch-can wrestling tournament.  While primarily a Greco-Roman wrestler, Baptiste would compete in the dominant American style of catch-as-catch-can. The 26-year-old Baptiste was an accomplished amateur and professional wrestler.  Entering the Detroit tournament, Baptiste had lost only one match as a professional.  The year prior,

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The Way to Live in Health and Strength

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For my birthday this year, I purchased one of my favorite books, The Way to Live in Health and Strength by Georg Hackenschmidt.  Georg Hackenschmidt set many weightlifitng world records before focusing on professional wrestling.  Hackenschmidt would win the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship in 1901. Hackenschmidt would reign as undefeated World Champion for 7 years until losing his title to

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Life With Blondie (1945)

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Between 1938 and 1950, Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake achieved fame and fortune as Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead.  The Blondie series followed a familiar pattern as Dagwood would find himself in a troubling situations only to be saved purpopesly or inadvertantly by Blondie. Right before Christmas 1945, Columbia Pictures released Life with Blondie (1945), one of the later films in

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Alexander Baptiste Passes at 100

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On September 15, 1919, St. Louis citizens woke up to read about the death of one of their oldest citizens, Alexander Baptiste.  Just a few months before his 101st or 102nd birthday depending on which source you believed, Alexander Baptiste passed away from intestinal disease. For years, Alexander was known as one of the fittest St. Louisans.  An early advocate

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Serfdoms Effect on Industrialization

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Serfdom is the bonding of peasants, agricultural workers, to the land, which they cultivate.  Serfdom was established in Seventeenth Century Russia to allow the Tsar (Emperor) to compensate the nobility for military service, when the government did not have other means to pay for such service.  While serfdom was a political solution to an economic problem, the solution inhibited industrialization

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