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Liberia Gains Independence

The Republic of Liberia, a country on the west coast of Africa, has recently endured two civil wars that have displaced hundreds of thousands of its citizens and destroyed the Liberian economy. The roots of modern Liberia lie in the American Colonization Society, which helped fund the return of freed slaves to the region from 1817 to 1867 and formed the first Liberian government in the style of Western democracy. What momentous political event occurred in Liberia in 2006?



The Iroquois Confederacy

The Iroquois Confederacy is a North American confederacy of indigenous peoples founded by the prophet Deganawidah and his disciple Hiawatha around 1570. In the early 17th c, it inhabited New York State from the Hudson River north to the St Lawrence River and west to the Genesee River. Once their confederacy, complete with a constitution known as the Gayanashagowa, ceased infighting, the Iroquois rapidly became the one of the strongest forces in N America. What are wampum and how are they used?

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Mick Jagger

As lead singer of the British rock band the Rolling Stones, Jagger became one of rock music's biggest icons in the 1960s and 70s. Borrowing from earlier American blues artists, he helped redefine rock music and co-authored some of the genre's greatest anthems, including "Satisfaction," "Sympathy for the Devil," and "You Can't Always Get What You Want." How did Jagger meet Stones guitarist Keith Richards?

Last updated on Thursday, 26th July 2007

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