" But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart.
Stephen Crane

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Revolution in Texas

The Texas Revolution was a war fought between Mexico and the Tejas, or Texas, portion of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. Much of Mexico, including the American settlers in Texas, revolted soon after President Antonio López de Santa Anna appointed himself dictator and abolished the Constitution of 1824, which had established Mexico as a federal republic. What famous battle during the Texas Revolution saw the deaths of William B. Travis, James Bowie, and Davy Crockett?



Johann Sebastian Bach

One of the most influential composers of the Western world, Bach was a counterpoint virtuoso. His compositions are masterful baroque works that enrich the existing German style with polyphonic mastery. There are over 1,000 known compositions by Bach, including his Brandenburg Concertos, which are recognized as the best concerti grossi ever composed. Bach's family had produced musicians for 200 years, and Bach's violinist father was also his teacher. How old was Bach when his father died?

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Mohandas Gandhi

Gandhi is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century for his success in securing India's independence from British rule through non-violent civil disobedience. After India's independence, Gandhi focused on promoting Hindu-Muslim peace and unity, but he was assassinated in 1948 by a Hindu fanatic. His methods have inspired notable civil rights leaders throughout the world, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela. What is satyagraha?

Last updated on Tuesday, 2nd October 2007

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