Remembering Maya Angelou With Her Greatest Quotes And Speeches

Maya Angelou Dies at 86

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Dr. Maya Angelou was 86 years old when she passed away this week, but even after eight long decades of life she remained a sharp, passionate woman wise beyond her years. While some devoured her books or found inspiration in her poetry (Angelou was the first female African American poet laureate), she was much more than one of world’s greatest writers. Maya Angelou was a civil rights activist, a speaker, a philosopher and a mother. She changed the lives of many people with her unique ability to describe the dark complexity and intersectionalities of discrimination, racism, sexism and economic hardship. Here are some of Dr. Maya Angelou’s most famous and inspiring thoughts and speeches.

Love is Full of Hope

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George Henry Thomas, The Civil War’s Forgotten Hero

By many accounts George Henry Thomas was one of the greatest military minds in American history. So why isn’t his name mentioned in the same breath as Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, George McArthur or George Patton? Thomas graduated in the same West Point class as William Tecumseh Sherman, and commanded over some triumphant victories that bested his former classmate. But even during the Civil War, politics determined who advanced in the ranks, and Thomas had one handicap that he couldn’t change: he was a Southerner fighting for the Union.

As a professional soldier, his loyalty was with the U.S. Army that he served so faithfully. But the decision to turn down a position in the Confederate army was an agonizing one, according to his wife Frances Kellogg Thomas, who was a staunch Unionist, which may have further influenced her husband’s decision.

George Henry Thomas Nat Turner

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10 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About American History

American History DC

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George Washington was the first President of the liberty-loving nation, and The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Both of these comprise rather well-known events throughout the course of American history. But there’s a wealth of hidden history nuggets that you might not know about. Here are ten of them.

American History Declaration Of Independence

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1. The Founding Fathers penned the first couple of drafts of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper, since at the time at least 75 percent of all the world’s paper was made from cannabis hemp fiber. The democratic delegates eked out the document’s first and second drafts—completed on June 28th and July 2nd 1776, respectively—on Dutch hemp paper. The final document had a more official air, though, as it was printed on parchment.

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Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison, 1968

Johnny Cash Folsom Prison

When looking for a place to start over, it’s fairly unlikely that a prison will be the first place to spring to mind. That, of course, was not the case for the Man in Black. After taking some time away from the spotlight to tame his turbulent relationship with drugs, Johnny Cash made his way toward Folsom Prison in January 1968, where he gave two concerts to the prison’s inmates.

This was not Cash’s first show for inmates, but it was certainly his most acclaimed. Fully surpassing the meager expectations of his record label (Columbia invested little in the venture, as they were shifting promotional gears from country to pop artists), Cash’s live album hit the top of the charts and gave impetus to Cash’s own personal and professional comeback. Said Cash later on about his Folsom performance, “That’s where things really got started for me again”. Since then, the album has gone triple platinum.

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