A ziggurat is a pyramidal structure built in receding tiers upon a rectangular, oval, or square platform with a shrine at its summit. Access to the shrine is provided by a series of ramps located on one side of the temple or by a continuous spiral ramp. These templesâ€”the earliest examples of which date to the end of the third millennium BCEâ€”were commonly erected by the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians. What is the significance of the multicolored brick facings found on many ziggurats?
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Following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, the American vice president and second in command, succeeded to the presidency. Truman's presidency saw a number of major events in world affairs: the Allied victory in Europe, the atomic bombings in Japan, the end of WWII, the founding of the UN, the Truman Doctrine to contain Communism, the beginning of the Cold War, the creation of NATO, and the Korean War. What oft-quoted phrases did Truman popularize?
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Henry Clay, known as the "Great Compromiser," was an American statesman and orator who served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. His multiple bids for the presidency all failed, but he was nevertheless extremely influential in US politics. He orchestrated the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states, and he attempted to strengthen the nation's economy through his American System, which was designed to help what sector of the American economy?