" Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this. "
Gustave Flaubert

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Restoration of Colonial Williamsburg Begins

The restoration of Colonial Williamsburg, one of the largest historic restorations ever undertaken, was championed by the Reverend Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who wanted to celebrate the early history of America. Today, Colonial Williamsburg is almost completely restored. It features shops, taverns, and open-air markets in the colonial style, and it has become a popular tourist destination. Of the approximately 500 buildings in the historic area, how many are original?



Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu, a state at the southern tip of India, has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Its history and culture are among the oldest in the world, and the region is known for its rich tradition of literature, music, and dance. Created as a state in 1969, Tamil Nadu has since become the sixth most populous state in the Indian Union and has the fifth largest economy of all the Indian states. Why do Tamils throw away and burn old clothes during the annual Pongal festival?

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James Agee

Agee was an American novelist, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and film critic who worked for Fortune, Time, and The Nation. His first major book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a commentary on the life of tenant farmers in the South in the 1930s, is ranked among the greatest literary works of the 20th century by the NY School of Journalism and the NY Public Library. His second major book, A Death in the Family, won the Pulitzer Prize. What is the book based on?

Last updated on Tuesday, 27th November 2007

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