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Old November 20th, 2012, 06:37 AM   #31

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Margaret Thatcher - great, fascinating, and awful all rolled into one.
Very true Not exactly unknown but there:

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I used to respect her a lot, she and Regan seemed to be the only Western leaders who had the integrity, brains and guts to stand up to USSR.

It was a sad disillusionment to read this, good we didn't know it in the 80's:http://www.thenews.pl/9/7/Artykul/91...nst-Solidarity

She used cheap coal from communist Poland to deal with British miners, of course.

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Old November 20th, 2012, 06:41 AM   #32

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Mary Boykin Chestnut

This lady kept a very extensive diary of life in the Confederate States of America to such a degree that her publishing of it in book form has long been regarded as a literary masterpiece of it's time. It is still regarded as a "go to" source for many historians in their examinations of the impact of the Civil War on all aspects of southern society. Regardless of where one stands on the issues of that day, one would do well to read her accounts.

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Old November 20th, 2012, 06:55 AM   #33

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Tamara Lempicka (1898 – 1980)

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Art Deco painter, glamorous figure and scandalist of the roaring 1920's. I've never liked her paintings but she was very much part of pre-war Paris.

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Old November 20th, 2012, 06:59 AM   #34

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Mary Surratt (1823-1865)
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The first woman hung by the US government.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 07:38 AM   #35

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Mary Surratt (1823-1865) The first woman hung by the US government.
I looked her up and read about the case. Absolutely disgusting and horrifying - a disgrace. In the 1860's Tzarist Russian authorities publicly hanged their political enemies - Polish insurgents - here in Warsaw. But I must say I don't recall a single case of a woman swinging from the gallows - even though there were many women involved, arrested, tried, sentenced or exiled...

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Old November 20th, 2012, 08:33 AM   #36

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Eva Dugan, the first woman executed in Arizona, Feb 21 1930:

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I looked her up and read about the case. Absolutely disgusting and horrifying - a disgrace. In the 1860's Tzarist Russian authorities publicly hanged their political enemies - Polish insurgents - here in Warsaw. But I must say I don't recall a single case of a woman swinging from the gallows - even though there were many women involved, arrested, tried, sentenced or exiled...
Mrs. Surratt's case is controversial even today.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 08:42 AM   #38

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Eva Dugan, the first woman executed in Arizona, Feb 21 1930:

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Mercy Unclefred, if you and Tjadams carry on at this rate you'll really get me started on favourably comparing Russia to the USA. You clearly wish me to lose remnants of youthful idealism about America.

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Mrs. Surratt's case is controversial even today.
Hanging people is controversial, not to say plain wrong. I'd say unscriptural but I'm afraid of being suspended in chains for talking religion like these poor women you posted about. So much for freedom of speech (I hope you're not listening to this Potap, Pavel, Putzi and Koba )

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In Scotland we had Flora MacDonald (1722-1790). After Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat at Culloden Moor in 1746 he took refuge in the Western Isles where he came into contact with Flora, who was living in Benbecula. Disguised as Flora's Irish maid Betty Burke the Prince was taken by boat to Skye from where he eventually escaped to France. Flora was soon arrested and thrown in the Tower but was later allowed to live outside it until 1747 when she was released under the Act of Indemnity. :

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