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Divine Right Rule

History; American history

Long held belief that monarchs were God's political stewards on earth. Because their authority to rule supposedly came directly from God, the decision making of monarchs was held ...

Dien Bien Phu

History; American history

Vietminh siege of 13,000 French soldiers in 1954 at a remote military outpost. The French surrender led to the 1956 elections designed to reunify Vietnam.


History; American history

A relaxation of tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union that was begun by President Richard M. Nixon.

Denmark Vesey

History; American history

A former West Indian slave who organized an attempted rebellion against slavery in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1822.


History; American history

An economic policy, begun during the administration of Jimmy Carter, which freed air and surface transportation, the savings and loan industry, natural gas, and other industries ...

David Walker

History; American history

The free black author of An Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World, which threatened violence if slavery was not abolished.

Dawes Severalty Act

History; American history

Legislation passed in 1887 to authorize the president to divide tribal land and distribute it to individual Native Americans, it gave 160 acres to each head of the household in an ...