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|100 Decisive Battles from Ancient Times to Now |
Although historians may disagree that this author has chosen the top 100 battles in the history of the world, the book conveys an unbiased look at important military conflicts which have shaped history.
|12 Years a Slave-0. Story Preface |
In 1841, Solomon Northup (a free black living in Saratoga) is betrayed, sold to a Southern plantation owner and spends 12 years as a slave before he is rescued.
|12 Years a Slave-1. Slave Pens in Washington |
Slave pens, in Washington, are near America's Capitol Building and the White House in 1841.
|12 Years a Slave-2. Platt’s Journey to Slavery in Louisiana |
With an intermediate stop in Richmond (Virginia), Solomon Northup (now known by his slave-name "Platt") spends time in another slave pen before he boards a ship to New Orleans.
|12 Years a Slave-3. Life as a Louisiana Slave |
Solomon Northup, known as "Platt," experiences slave life in Louisiana with a "good master" and a "bad master."
|12 Years a Slave-4. Life as the Slave of John Tibeats |
A mortgage, for the life of Solomon Northup ("Platt") ends-up saving him from death at the hands of a cruel slave-owner called John Tibeats.
|12 Years a Slave-5. Life as a Slave of Edwin Epps |
Edwin Epps is a cruel slave-owner who frequently beats slaves for no reason other than to inflict misery. After John Tibeats, Solomon Northup ("Platt") is owned by Epps
|12 Years a Slave-6. The Beating of Patsey, the Slave |
Edwin Epps orders Platt (Solomon Northup) to beat Patsey, another slave. When Platt defies Epps' wishes, for an even-worse beating, Epps cruelly whips Patsey himself.
|12 Years a Slave-7. Platt Meets Bass |
While helping to build a home for the Epps family, Platt (Solomon Northup) meets a Canadian man called Bass. That meeting will change Platt's life.
|12 Years a Slave-8. Bass Helps Platt (Solomon Northup) |
Risking his own life, Bass agrees to write letters for Platt (Solomon Northup), alerting people in the North that he is wrongfully being held as a slave near Marksville, Louisiana.
|12 Years a Slave-9. A Plan for Freedom |
One of Bass' letters reaches the right people in the North. Henry Northup makes a plan to free Platt (Solomon Northup).
|12 Years a Slave-10. Solomon Northup Goes Home |
Henry Northup tells Platt (Solomon Northup) to throw down his sack because his "cotton-picking days are over."
|12 Years a Slave-11. Not-Guilty Verdicts at Trial |
After his slave ordeal is over, Solomon Northup brings charges against the people who wrongfully sold him into slavery. Because a black person cannot testify against a white, at that time in America, no one is held responsible for his 12 years as a slave.
|1896 Duryea |
The Duryea Brothers produced America's first gasoline-powered automobile which could be built more than one at a time.
|300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire-0. Story Preface |
Leonidas, the king of Sparta, leads the Greek army against Xerxes' Persian army but is killed in the fight at Thermopylae. Later, Themistocles defeats Xerxes with superior naval power.
|300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire-1. REVENGING MARATHON |
Using an early form of democracy, Greek city-states fight to keep their rights.
|300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire-2. SPARTA |
Sparta is a Greece city-state which protects itself from enemies with its organized standing army.
|300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire-3. LIFE IN SPARTA |
All healthy Spartan boys become soldiers.
|300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire-4. LEONIDAS |
Leonidas, King of Sparta, prepares to lead a Greek army against Xerxes, King of Persia, and his Immortals.
|300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire-5. GORGO |
Queen Gorgo, Leonidas' wife, discovers a secret message sent as a warning about the approaching Persian army.
|300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire-6. XERXES and the IMMORTALS |
Xerxes has an army, the "Immortals," consisting of exactly 10,000 men at all times.
|300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire-7. THERMOPYLAE |
Xerxes chooses to bring his army through Thermopylae, in central Greece, which consists of a narrow pass between the mountains and the sea.
|300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire-8. BATTLE at the HOT GATES |
Thermopylae is the battleground for a fight where the defending Greek army kills many of Xerxes' invading Persian soldiers.
|300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire-9. EPHIALTES - THE TRAITOR |
Ephialtes, a Greek traitor, leads Xerxes' army on a secret path around Thermopylae in order to surround and defeat the Greek army.
|300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire-10. THEMISTOCLES against XERXES |
It is due to the bravery of Leonidas' 300 that Athens and the rest of Greece continue to fight the Persians.
|300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire-11. GREEKS DEFEAT the PERSIANS |
Displaying courage and skill, the Greeks (led by Sparta) defeat the Persians (fighting without their ruler, Xerxes).
|4000 Miles Below Earth's Crust |
This cutaway drawing depicts how scientists view the composition of Earth's interior.
|42 - Jackie Robinson-0. Story Preface |
On the 15th of April, 1947, Jackie Robinson made history when he broke the color-barrier in major league baseball.
|42 - Jackie Robinson-1. JACKIE ROBINSON - EARLY YEARS |
Jackie Robinson grows up in California where, after youthful troubles, he becomes an expert athlete in football, basketball, baseball and track.
|42 - Jackie Robinson-2. JACKIE ROBINSON - WORLD WAR II |
During World War II there is a policy of racial discrimination in the military, but Lt. Jack Robinson decides to challenge that policy.
|42 - Jackie Robinson-3. JACK ROBINSON KEEPS HIS BUS SEAT |
Jackie Robinson refuses to leave his seat on a bus and subsequently faces a court martial.
|42 - Jackie Robinson-4. COURT MARTIAL of JACKIE ROBINSON |
Jackie Robinson faces charges of being disrespectful to investigating officers, rather than refusing to move to the rear of the bus.
|42 - Jackie Robinson-5. BASEBALL'S COLOR LINE |
Jackie plays for the Kansas City Monarchs; African-American baseball players face discrimination in every town.
|42 - Jackie Robinson-6. BRANCH RICKEY MAKES A CHANGE |
Branch Rickey wants a Black man to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers; he selects Jackie Robinson to become the first Black player in Major League baseball.
|42 - Jackie Robinson-7. BREAKING the COLOR LINE |
In 1946, Jackie Robinson agrees not to fight the discrimination he will face as the first Black baseball player; he earns his team's respect.
|42 - Jackie Robinson-8. CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER |
Jackie Robinson is politically independent but fights for civil rights.
|Aaron Burr and the Deadly Duel |
Aaron Burr became America's third Vice President in 1800. He has an interesting history, but not all of it is pleasant!
|Abduction of Helen - Guido Reni-0. Story Preface |
Guido Reni created a painting—The Abduction of Helen—in 1631. There is more to this painting than meets the eye of today’s beholders.
|Abduction of Helen - Guido Reni-1. THE TROJAN WAR |
Menelaus talks his brother, Agamemnon, into helping him get his wife back. The Greeks set sail with 1,000 ships and believes the Greek Army will win.
|A Beautiful Mind-0. Story Preface |
John Nash, a Nobel-Prize-winning genius who suffered from schizophrenia, died in a tragic car crash on May 23, 2015. He was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the film, "A Beautiful Mind.".
|A Beautiful Mind-1. SCHIZOPHRENIA: WHAT IS IT? |
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder which affects more than two million Americans each year.
|A Beautiful Mind-2. PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENTS |
People with schizophrenia have decreased brain activity.
|A Beautiful Mind-3. THE WORLD OF JOHN NASH |
With a full scholarship, Nash attends Princeton and is surrounded by other geniuses.
|A Beautiful Mind-4. A GENIUS AT WORK |
John Nash is a recognized genius while studying at Princeton and teaching at M.I.T (as C.L.E. Moore Instructor).
|A Beautiful Mind-5. DESCENT INTO MADNESS |
John Nash begins hearing voices in his head and seeks help at McLean Hospital.
|A Beautiful Mind-6. ALL OVER FOR HIM? |
While suffering from a mental disorder, John Nash has periods of time where he does amazing work.
|A Beautiful Mind-7. A LIFE RECOVERED |
By his own measure, Dr. Nash has recovered from schizophrenia.
|A Beautiful Mind-8. ABEL PRIZE and the DEATH of JOHN NASH |
After receiving the prestigious Abel Prize in Norway, Professor John Nash was killed in an accident while riding in a cab en route home from the airport. Alicia Nash was also killed in the accident.
|Abe Lincoln with His Son Tad |
In 1863, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November would be Thanksgiving Day. He issued a turkey reprieve - which we would call a pardon - the next month in light of his son Tad's request. Lincoln became extremely close to his son Tad after the death of his older son, Willie, in 1862.
|Abigail Adams |
Abigail Adams, in many ways, was a woman ahead of her time. When her husband, John, served as America's 2nd president, critics referred to Abigail as "Mrs. President."
|Abolishing the Slave Trade - William Wilberforce-0. Story Preface |
After trying, for nearly two decades, to abolish the slave trade, William Wilberforce finally convinces Parliament to do the right thing on February 23, 1807.
|Abolishing the Slave Trade - William Wilberforce-1. AMAZING GRACE |
John Newton wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace" years after a dangerous sea voyage.
|Abolishing the Slave Trade - William Wilberforce-2. SLAVE TRADE ABOLISHED - FEBRUARY 23, 1807 |
For 18 years, William Wilberforce pleads with Members of the House of Commons that Parliament must abolish the slave-trade. On February 23, 1807, Parliament finally agrees.
|Abolition - A Picture of Slavery for Youth |
Abolitionists who wanted children to understand America's system of chattel slavery wrote books to communicate their message. One example is "A Picture of Slavery for Youth."
|About Slavery |
A closer look at Phillis Wheatley and what why she wrote the famous poem "About Slavery".
|About Us-0. Story Preface |
Learn about our founder Carole D. Bos, her vision, her mission and our community that continues to expand, improve and flourish.
|About Us-1. AwesomeStories Breakthrough in Learning |
The AwesomeStories learning solution is described by Deborah Bond-Upson, Chief Education & Strategy Officer.
|About Us-2. Bridging Stories to Learning|
|About Us-3. AwesomeStories Leadership |
How AwesomeStories has grown into a teaching and learning solution. A MakerSpace for the Humanities!
|About Us-4. Awesome Teacher Leaders |
Teachers, media specialists, librarians, principals, district directors, college professors, tutors. continuing education instructors and education writers have worked with us to build and continue to add to the Awesome Stories content and community.
|Abraham Lincoln and His Tousled Hair |
When Abraham Lincoln did not like the way a photographer had smoothed his hair, the future President ran his fingers through it - just before the picture was taken - giving himself (and his hair) a hipper look (by today's standards).
|Abraham Lincoln - Humble Beginnings |
Born on the 12th of February, in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was America's 16th president. For many people, this man with humble beginnings was the greatest U.S. president. Learn more about him.
|Abraham Lincoln - President During the Civil War |
Being U.S. President, during America's Civil War, required Mr. Lincoln to make difficult strategic decisions.
|Abu Bakr and ISIS - Background of a Jihadi's Name |
Abu Bakr al Baghdadi leads insurgents called ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and/or IS (Islamic State). Does his name have a special meaning?
|Accused of Spreading Plague - Jews Burned in a Pit |
During the 14th-century plague epidemic in Europe, Jews are accused of having something to do with spreading the "Black Death." In Strasbourg, residents take violent action against their Jewish neighbors.
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