Famous People Born in 1861
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profile name: H.H. Holmes profile occupation: Serial Killer
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profile name: James A. Naismith profile occupation: Coach, Inventor
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profile name: José Rizal profile occupation: Activist, Doctor, Journalist, Poet
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profile name: Edith Roosevelt profile occupation: U.S. First Lady
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profile name: Motilal Nehru profile occupation: Activist
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profile name: William C. Durant profile occupation: Entrepreneur
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In the 1920s, women like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith were the first—and for a while, the only—artists to record the blues. American women of this era made great strides toward gaining equality and basic human rights for themselves and others in society, including attaining the right to vote and working toward social justice. The 20th century was a wide-open opportunity for women to embrace the modern world, outside of the traditional bounds of the home.
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After the Civil War, many of the country's best and brightest black advocates, artists, entrepreneurs and intellectuals moved to the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. Thanks largely to the efforts of these residents, Harlem became both the cradle of a cultural revolution and the heart of the civil rights movement. Meet some of the many people who gave—and continue to give—this neighborhood a voice, simply by calling it home.
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