Crinoline is a stiff fabric with an open weave that is filled with hard-twist cotton warp and horsehair. By the 1850s, the term was used to refer to a large, rigid skirt that was structured with a steel frame to produce a characteristic cone shape. The skirt became very popular but was often the subject of satire due to its oversized appearance. The frame was soon modified to be flattened at the front, and by the late 1860s, the crinoline had all but disappeared. How is the crinoline worn today?
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The Ku Klux Klan is the name of two distinct secret societies that played a part in American history. The first Klan was an organization that thrived in the South during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. The second was a nationwide organization that flourished after World War I. Subsequent groups calling themselves the Ku Klux Klan sprang up in much of the South after World War II and in response to civil-rights activity during the 1960s. How did the Ku Klux Klan gets its name?
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Stone worked on several newspapers in his native Philadelphia and in New York before starting his own investigative newsletter, I. F. Stone's Weekly. It was believed to have an influence far greater than the size of its readership, which included some of the nation's most prominent politicians, academicians, and journalists. The sole author, Stone created a unique blend of wit and pointed political commentary. After his death, Stone was alleged to have been a secret agent for what nation?