" This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room. "
Virginia Woolf

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Clara Barton Establishes the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross (ARC) is part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It provides disaster relief, emergency assistance, and education for citizens of the US. It was established by Clara Barton, an American humanitarian, who became involved with the International Red Cross while visiting Europe. The ARC supplies nearly half of the donated blood in the US, a supply that was segregated by race and religion until which president put a stop to the practice?



Body Farms

Body farms are used in the field of forensic anthropology to help law enforcement officials, medical examiners, and crime scene investigators study human decomposition. The original body farm, the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Facility, is simply a wooded area where bodies are exposed to the elements in different ways and left to decompose. These experiments help researchers understand how various conditions affect decomposition. How do body farms acquire their cadavers?

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Alexander Pope

Pope, recognized as the greatest English poet of the 18th century, was almost entirely self-taught. He established his poetic reputation with the precocious Pastorals (1709) and the Essay on Criticism (1711). The Rape of the Lock, a mock-heroic epic ridiculing high society, is perhaps his most popular work. A number of passages from Pope's works have passed so deeply into the English language that they have taken on a somewhat proverbial quality. What are a few examples?

Last updated on Thursday, 21st May 2009

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