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History of Americas


The history of the Americas is the collective history of the American landmass, which includes North and South America, as well as Central America and the Caribbean. It begins with people migrating to these areas from Asia during the height of an Ice Age. These groups are generally believed to have been isolated from peoples of the 'Old World' until the coming of Europeans in the 10th and 15th centuries.

 
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Selections from American Poetry

By: Margeret Sprague Carhart

Poetry

Excerpt: If we define poetry as the heart of man expressed in beautiful language, we shall not say that we have no national poetry. True, America has produced no Shakespeare and no Milton, but we have an inheritance in all English literature; and many poets in America have followed in the footsteps of their literary British forefathers. Puritan life was severe. It was warfare, and manual labor of a most exhausting type, and loneliness, and devotion to a strict sense of d...

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Central Asia's Security : Issues and Implications for U. S. Interests

By: Jim Nichol

Introduction: The strategic Central Asian region bordering regional powers Russia, China, and Iran is an age-old east-west and north-south trade and transport crossroads. After many of the Soviet Union’s republics had declared their independence by late 1991, the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia followed suit. Since this largely unexpected beginning of independence, the Central Asian countries have taken some uneven steps in building defense and other securit...

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Terrorism and the Law of War: Trying Terrorists as War Criminals b...

By: Jennifer K. Elsea

Introduction: On November 13, 2001, President Bush signed a Military Order pertaining to the detention, treatment, and trial of certain non-citizens as part of the war against terrorism. The order makes clear that the President views the crisis that began on the morning of September 11 as an attack “on a scale that has created a state of armed conflict that requires the use of the United States Armed Forces.” The order finds that the effective conduct of military operati...

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Crs Report for Congress Received through the Crs Web Medal of Hono...

By: Julissa Gomez

Summary: The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest award for military valor. Since its inception in 1863, 3,460 Medals of Honor have been awarded to a total of 3,441 individuals (there have been 19 double recipients). In 1979, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee issued the committee print, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863- 1978, which lists recipients and provides the full text of the citations describing the actions that resulted in the awarding of the Medal. This re...

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