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What do Winston Churchill, Bob Hope, George Washington, Joe Louis, Robert Frost, and Mother Teresa have in common? They have all been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Out of the many different types of awards and recognitions Congress can bestow, the Gold Medal is often considered the most prestigious. Each medal is individually commissioned to be struck in gold, making the medals a particularly special way for Congress to express public gratitude and appreciation for distinguished service. Congress has adopted legislation setting specific requirements for other awards, but the Gold Medal is not constrained by any such provisions. Rather, Congress has the freedom to determine whether an individual's actions meet the Gold Medal standard on a case-by-case basis. Although the Congressional Gold Medal represents intense national gratitude and pride in those receiving it, many questions remain about its history and general standards. To answer these questions, this book analyses the process of awarding the Gold Medal, including the casting of the medals themselves. Also presented is a list of each recipient and the reasons for the award. Because individuals in fields as wide apart as boxing and poetry can earn a Congressional Gold Medal, the book on its unique nature presented here makes for interesting and useful reading, as well as a 'must' purchase for libraries.
list of genealogical addresses, URLs, and e-mail addresses; organized by state; revised ed. has updated directory of contact informationfor societies, archives, and other organizations throughout the U.S.
This is the first theoretically informed study of the relationship between an academic discipline and what the Nazis termed their Weltanschauung. The first study of Sinnbildforschung, German ideograph or swastika studies, though more broadly it tells the tale of the development of German antiquarian studies (ancient Germanic history, archeology, anthropology, folklore, historical linguistics and philology) under the influence of radical-rightwing politics, and the contemporary construction of 'Germanicness' and its role in Nazi thought. The swastika and similar symbols were employed by the ancestors of the modern-day Germans. As these had also become emblematic symbols of the forces of German reaction, Sinnbildforschung became intrinsically connected with the National Socialist regime after 1933 and disappeared along with the Third Reich in 1945.With the Nazi seizure of power, ideographic studies became directly supported by the state. In 1935, an organization was founded within the SS to further its study, the SS-Ahnenerbe. Most infamous as the organ through which medical experiments were arranged to be performed on the inmates of concentration camps, the Ahnenerbe was founded as a historical research institution before it expanded its horizons to the physical sciences.
Chances are excellent that your ancestors came to America from somewhere-England, Spain, Germany, China, Africa. Can you imagine how they felt as they left their homes, what they left behind? Do you want to know? Would you know where to even start looking for the details? Author and genealogist John P. Colletta prepares you to undertake the search. He tells you not only what fundamental facts you need to know about your immigrant ancestor before beginning, but suggests where you may find that information as well.
Every one of us has a story to tell, yet writing is often such a daunting task that most people never get around to starting their memoirs--let alone finishing them. There are plenty of books on how to write one's memoir; this is the only one on how to videotape a memoir.
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