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Jefferson Davis - From Bridegroom to Widower in 89 Days - From Kentucky Log Cabin to the Capitol

After their marriage in Kentucky, the couple then proceeded down to "Hurricane, " Jeff's brother's successful cotton plantation in Southern Mississippi. As the oldest son Joseph Emory Davis handled his father Samuel's estate after Samuel died; Jeff was only sixteen. Joseph Davis was instrumental in helping youngest brother Jeff to acquire the 1800 acres of what was uncleared swamp land, in an area know as "Brierfield". The name Brierfield was an appropriate description of the just uncleared overgrown brier and cane covered swamp land. Actually the land that Jefferson Davis now owned would have been more accurately been called "Swampy Brier Field." "Brierfield, " was near his father's former home in Woodville, Mississippi. Then Joseph sold, on credit, to Jeff the slaves that Jeff would need to do the extremely hard work of clearing the Mississippi bottomland. Clearing the swamp land consisted of removing and burning the almost virtual wall of wild cane and thick briers, as well as digging ditches.

True Leadership and Successfully Overcoming Multiple Major Adversities - The Dr John Sperling Story

This groundbreaking proven research into how to overcome adversity and how to "Turn Adversity into Opportunities" has received extensive endorsements and enthusiastic reviews from well-known prominent business, political, and academic leaders, best-selling authors, and leading scholars who either participated in the study or reviewed the research findings. You will discover the proven success habits and secrets of people who, in spite of adversity, discrimination, abuse, or difficult or life threatening challenges shaped their own destiny to become successful, effective leaders. The full results of this research will be presented in an upcoming book by this article's author which will be entitled - "Turn Adversity into Opportunities." The nine initial prominent successful leaders who overcame adversity were: Dr. Tony Bonanzino, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, Monzer Hourani, U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, Dr. John Malone, Larry Pino, U.S. Army Major General Sid Shachnow, Dr. Blenda Wilson, and Zig Ziglar.

The Lion Dance - Ancient Art Form Of China

The Lion Dance of China originated over one thousand years ago. It depicts the Asiatic lions of nearby India, some of which may have been presented to early Chinese Emperors as gifts. Lions in Chinese culture are guardian creatures, with statues of lions guarding royal palaces, homes of government officials and royal tombs. There are many variants of the Lion Dance throughout Asia, including main land China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan and other countries. The Lion Dance in China can be roughly categorized into Northern and Southern. Lions consist of paper mache heads with the body being of fabric. The body as well as the head is also decorated with fur, feathers, and decorative paint. The Chinese Lion Dance is most usually done by two people per lion, unlike the Chinese Dragon Dance that can have ten or more people per Dragon. The Northern Dance originated as entertainment for the imperial court. The Northern Lion is very shaggy and can be orange, red, yellow, or a combination of these colors.

Art Equals Peace

It is actually very sad, and at the same time funny to be presenting papers, or conducting workshops on Peacebuilding through the Arts because Arts is really about peace-it has one and the same meaning, only the spelling is different. Yet, time and again, we have to convince other people, especially funding bodies that what we do is essentially peacemaking. An example of how Art equals Peace is this experience I had when I attended the Flying Circus Project 2000 in Singapore. The 21-day workshop-interaction organized by Theatreworks, Ltd. based in Singapore gathered 75 dance, theatre, music, traditional, visual, and film artists all over Asia, many of who did not speak English. Of course there were translators. All the time, we were sitting on the floor in circles or semi-circles. There were sessions where we would listen to an artist resource person who would share his/her work. We would watch live performances, video shows, and slideshow presentations of these artists' works, after which, we would talk endlessly about the presentation, where we argued a lot.

Researching House History - How to Trace the Genealogy of Your House

If you are reading this article, you probably own an historic home. But someone owned it before you. You may be interested in searching for the history of your house for many reasons. It may be that you are restoring or rehabilitating an old house. Maybe you are seeking historic designation for the property. Or perhaps, like me, you want to obtain a Century Home plaque from your local historical society. Whatever your motivation, learning about your house and its history can be interesting and rewarding. It can also be frustrating. Often people do not know where to go to obtain information helpful to their research. Typically there is no one location that contains all the records necessary to complete your search. The following steps will help you begin your search. The very first thing that you need to have is a legal description of the property, which can be obtained by looking at the deed you received when you purchased the property. This legal description will identify the property you are researching so that when you are looking through records you can make certain you are dealing with the correct property.

Ukrainian Lifestyle

Speaking about modern Ukrainian customs and traditions it is necessary to stress that the Ukrainians are proud of their colorful folk culture. They love good food and drink and have a zest for life. Most Ukrainian middle-class and lower class urban families live in flat in multi-storied buildings; only rather rich people can afford to build cottages either inside or outside the city. Ukrainians have a deep love of the land. Many families have small country houses, called "dacha". They are able to grow just about anything in their neat gardens, orchards, and homesteads. Some people grow food only for their own personal consumption. They spend time canning vegetables and making compote from various fruits during the summer in order to make it through the long cold winters. They always have something in their houses to serve guests. A modern average Ukrainian family has two parents and usually one or two children. At the same time there is a growing number of one-parent families usually headed by a woman rearing a child.

History of Kenya

Kenya is in the South Eastern part of Africa, flanked on the South by Tanzania, to the West by Uganda and to the North by the Sudan and Ethiopia. Kenya's Eastern side to the North forms a border with Somalia and to the South consists of the beautiful Kenyan beaches that are lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Over the centuries, we can trace the history of Kenya as far back as 2, 000 BC. African tribes migrated from the North, West and South to populate the fertile grounds of the Kenyan Highlands creating a melting pot of languages and cultures in Kenya. Over the last 1500 years, the migrations have largely been by nomadic pastoralists who settled near water and rich feeding grounds for short periods of time until it was time to move on and look for greener grass. Bantu, Nilote and Hima peoples all came here. Today's descendants are largely from the Bantu tribes, the Kamba, and the Kikuyu settled in the highlands to the North, while the Taita and other clans occupied the coastal areas to the South.

Pakistani Culture

Pakistani Culture is very unique in terms of its social and ethical values. These values are something which are given due importance. This culture revolves around the religion of Islam which teaches equality among every human being that exists on this planet. Pakistan's culture is very diverse. It has been invaded by many different people belonging to different races. These people include the white Huns, Persian Arabs, Turks, Mongols, and various Eurasian groups. These groups differ in there way of dressing, food, religion. Pakistani culture consists of different cultures starting from the Punjabis and sindhis to the tribal cultures of the easternmost Pakistani provinces. Now these cultures have strongly been influenced by surrounding cultures of India, Central Asia and the Middle East along with other places. Pakistani society is largely multilingual and multicultural. There are some similarities than differences that can be found as most Pakistanis belong to Aryan heritage. Like sindhis and Punjabis obviously have a language difference.

Benazir Bhutto as Literate Individual

Benazir Bhutto was the first female prime minister of Pakistan which shows that she is a lady of great will power. If we take a short tour of her life, we see that after the execution of her Father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, she was destined to follow her Father's footsteps and take up the responsibility of leading this country as a democratic empire. The Bhutto family has experienced deaths in the most humiliating manner and all of them follow the same way. Like her Father, two brothers and she herself was murdered. Bhutto was elected the first lady leading a muslim state. She was elected twice as prime minister of Pakistan (1988 to 1990; 1993 to 1996). The first time she was elected as prime minister, she was removed from office after twenty months due to charges of corruption by then prime minister Gulam Ishaq Khan. The next she was elected as prime minister in 1993 but again was removed due to similar charges by then Prime Minister Farooq Laghari in 1996. She then went into self-imposed exile in 1998.

Alcoholism - An Unfortunate Consequence for Native Americans

Alcoholism has been a common problem among Native Americans since the beginning of the 1700s. Popular belief has this caused by the loss of their native lands and the loss of a portion of their culture to the habitation and growing population movements in the United States among "foreigners" (Europeans) who came to settle the country. It is difficult to pin down one exact reason why alcoholism becomes prevalent in a societal group. Most likely, it is a combination of several factors. It is widely believed, in the case of the Native Americans, that conditions such as poverty, unemployment, loss of ancestral homes, broken promises and hostility from the white settlers, feelings of hopelessness, poor overall general health, and the collapse of the Native American family unit were contributing factors. Considering these factors, it is not hard to understand why the Native American population would be distressed. The unique history of the Native American tribes and the many adversities they have been subjected to make them more susceptible to alcoholism and the associated problems that comes with the disease.

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