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By Wayne Biddle

This illuminating tale of the sunrise of the distance age reaches again to the reactionary modernism of the 3rd Reich, utilizing the lifetime of “rocket scientist” Wernher von Braun as its narrative direction in the course of the crumbling of Weimar Germany and the increase of the Nazi regime. Von Braun, a blinkered opportunist who might follow in basic terms tunnel imaginative and prescient to his meteoric profession, stands as an archetype of myriad 20th century technologists who thrived less than regimes of army secrecy and limitless cash. His seamless transformation from developer of the lethal V-2 ballistic missile for Hitler to an American superstar because the intended genius in the back of the golden years of the U.S. house application within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties increases haunting questions about the tradition of the chilly struggle, the shared values of expertise in totalitarian and democratic societies, and the imperatives of fabric development.

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39. 8. See Letter, Lucy Osgood to Lydia Maria Child, June 2, 1859, Lydia Maria Child Papers, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, New York; Letter, Thomas W. Higginson to Louisa Storrow Higginson, June 17, 1859, quoted in Mary T. ), Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1846–1906 (New York: Negro Universities Press, 1906), 81; and Franklin B. Sanborn, “Harriet Tubman,” Boston Commonwealth: July 17, 1863. 9. F. James Davis, Who Is Black? One Nation’s Definition (University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 1991).

An octoroon had seven-eighths or more white blood, a quadroon three-fourths white blood, and a mulatto five eighths to three-eighths white blood. 11 This caste system was so entrenched in the slave community that there were slave women in the Deep South who did not resist the sexual advances of their white masters because of “the prestige that such a relationship would bring for them” and the “social acceptability” their mulatto offspring would gain. 2 million. 12 Thus, the caste system that emerged from the distinctions between black and mulatto was accepted—if not celebrated—by both African Americans and whites in antebellum society.

Larson, Bound for the Promised Land, 97–98; and Clinton, Road to Freedom, 23–24. Chapter 2 LIBERTY OR DEATH, 1841–1850 Harriet’s growing sense of independence coincided with a steady decline in Maryland’s slave labor. Changing economic conditions placed a higher premium on more mobile, free labor on the Eastern Shore. In Dorchester County, the slave population dropped by 20 percent, to just over 4,000 between 1790 and 1850, and the free black population exploded from just 528 to almost 4,000 during the same period.

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