Dumas was a largely self-educated French novelist and dramatist. He delighted many generations of readers with his highly romantic novels immortalizing the adventures of the Three Musketeers and the Count of Monte Cristo. These historical novels, written with the aid of collaborators, are scorned by critics, who find them lacking in style and characterization, but they have had enormous popularity and have been translated into many languages. Dumas was involved in what 1860 military expedition?
E. M. Forster
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The Lusitania was an ocean liner that was sunk off the Irish coast by a German submarine, killing 1,198 people, including almost 100 children. Although the crisis subsided, the event played a role in the US's entry into WWI, with recruitment posters urging potential enlistees to "Remember the Lusitania!" In July 1920, a life jacket bearing the name 'Lusitania' was found washed up in Philadelphia's Delaware River. Are any of the survivors of the sinking still alive today?
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Eva Peron was an actress who became a political and cultural icon as the wife of President Juan Peron and had an enormous impact on the life of Argentina during the 1940s-50s. Commonly known by the affectionate diminutive Evita, she presided over the creation of the Eva Peron Foundation, a charitable organization that built homes and schools for women and the poor and ensured that all citizens had equal access to healthcare. What sector of government blocked her 1951 bid for vice president?