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Molly Maguires Hanged in Pennsylvania

The Molly Maguires was a secret organization of Irish-Americans who fought against the oppressive working conditions in the anthracite mining districts of Pennsylvania. Members often resorted to intimidation or murder when dealing with police, who were entirely controlled by the mine owners. At around the time the organization reached the height of its power, a detective was hired to infiltrate its ranks. His testimony led to the eventual hanging of 10 "Mollies." How did the group get its name?




Found in the jungle and forest regions of South America, Central America, and Southeast Asia, tapirs are large, nocturnal, herbivorous mammals with short, prehensile snouts. Though tapirs are somewhat piglike in appearance, they are not related to pigs. Their closest relatives are, in fact, odd-toed ungulates like horses and rhinoceroses. Tapirs that have access to a water source are known to spend a good deal of time swimming and even submerge underwater to feed and to allow fish to do what?

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Henry Ossawa Tanner

Tanner was an American painter of religious and genre scenes. He studied under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he was the only black student. Tormented by racial persecution, he settled in Paris in 1891 and gained international acclaim, earning many awards for his landscapes and treatments of biblical themes. In 1927, he became the first African American granted full membership in the National Academy of Design. What was his most famous work?

Last updated on Monday, 21st June 2010

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