" Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow - You are not wrong who deem, That my days have been a dream; Yet if hope has flown away In a night, or in a day, In a vision, or in none, Is it therefore the less gone? All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream. "
Edgar Allan Poe

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Mussolini Forms the Italian Fascist Party

Used informally as a slur throughout the political spectrum after WWII, the word "fascism," in more technical terms, refers to a political ideology that combines corporatism, nationalism, and totalitarianism. Other key concepts are the total subordination of the individual to the state, social Darwinism, and elitism. The seminal essay The Doctrine of Fascism, which was signed by Mussolini, defines fascism as a right-wing collectivistic ideology in opposition to what?



Sidney Poitier

Poitier is a Miami-born American actor who was raised in the Bahamas and returned to the US at 15. The first African-American actor to achieve leading man status in Hollywood films, Poitier combines attractiveness and poise with an innate projection of dignity and self-assurance. Many of his plays and films have directly addressed issues of race, including such films as the pioneering No Way Out (1950), his movie debut. What title is he entitled to use that he chooses not to use?

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W.E.B. DuBois

DuBois was an early African-American civil rights leader and scholar and the first non-white person to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. He was an outspoken critic of the social inequalities that existed in the US during the early part of the 20th century, and he helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Under what circumstances did he become a citizen of Ghana at the age of 95?

Last updated on Friday, 23rd February 2007

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