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General Sherman Captures Savannah

In the spring of 1864, William Tecumseh Sherman succeeded Ulysses S. Grant as Union commander in the western theater of the American Civil War. Following his soldiers' successful capture of Atlanta, Georgia, Sherman set out on his highly controversial "March to the Sea." The General and his 62,000 men marched from Atlanta to Savannah, and their scorched earth policy left a path of destruction in their wake. What were “Sherman's Neckties” and how did they factor into his strategy of “total war”?




Go, a two player board game, originated in China before 2000 BCE, and its popularity has since spread worldwide. Players take turns placing game pieces, or stones, on the vacant intersections of a 19x19 grid. The objective is to control a larger territory than one's opponent, and this is accomplished by surrounding, capturing, and removing the opposing player's stones. The game ends when neither player can increase his territory or reduce his opponent's. How is a player's score calculated?

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Jean Racine

Though Racine's work faced many criticisms from his contemporaries, he is now considered one of France's "big three" 17th century dramatists. His tragedies are a prime example of French classicism, and his Alexandrine verse is considered exceptional in its harmony, simplicity, and elegance. Racine's Andromaque, a tale of enslavement and unrequited love, earned him recognition as France's leading tragic dramatist. How did Racine's views of tragedy differ from those of his contemporaries?

Last updated on Saturday, 22nd December 2007

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