" It was not despair; but it seemed to her as if life were passing by, leaving its promise broken and unfulfilled. "
Kate Chopin

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Stalin Appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party

After the October Revolution of 1917, Stalin began to emerge as a leader within the new Russian regime. He became one of Lenin's top aides and was appointed general secretary of the Communist Party in 1922. Although Lenin expressed misgivings about Stalin's use of power and recommended his removal, Stalin maintained his position and went on to take control of the USSR following Lenin's death. Born Joseph Dzhugashvili, he adopted the surname Stalin in 1913. What does the name mean?



The Ghost Dance

The Ghost Dance is the main ritual of a messianic religious movement that gained a widespread following among Native American groups in the American West during the late 19th century. The dance, which incorporates traditional circle dance rituals, was created by a member of the Paiute tribe known as Wovoka, who taught that it would hasten the ousting of whites, the restoration of traditional lands, and the resurrection of the dead. What role did the Ghost Dance play in the Wounded Knee massacre?

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Helmut Kohl

Kohl was chancellor of West Germany from 1982 until 1990, when he became the first chancellor of a reunified Germany. The conservative chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) led his party to two convincing victories in West Germany in the 1980s. During his administration, West Germany prospered and became increasingly influential in world affairs. What financial scandal led Kohl to resign his post as honorary chairman of the CDU in 2000?

Last updated on Friday, 3rd April 2009

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