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The Devil's Dictionary: Orphan

by Ambrose Bierce ORATORYORTHODOXORPHAN -n. A living person whom death has deprived of the power of filial ingratitude - a privation appealing with a particular eloquence to all that is symp…

The History of Adoption

Ancient adoptions were not always in the interest of the child by Beth Rowen Related Links Slideshow: Famous Adoptees or Adopters U.S. State Department Statistics on Inter…

Benito Juárez

Orphaned at an early age, Benito Juárez did not begin his education until he was 12 years old. Despite the late start, he studied law and entered politics in the 1830s, became a judge in 1841 and gove…

Bessie Smith

Born into poverty and orphaned at an early age, Bessie Smith became the greatest blues singer of her era, recording more than 160 songs between 1923 and 1933. Her early career was influenced by Ma Rai…

Bertha Holt 2000 Deaths

Bertha HoltAge: 96 adoption advocate whose efforts to adopt abandoned Korean-American war orphans led to the 1955 Bill for Relief of Certain War Orphans, which allowed American families to ado…

Tatiana Maslany

Name at birth: Tatiana Gabrielle MaslanyTatiana Maslany is the Emmy-winning star of the Canadian science fiction series Orphan Black, which made its debut in 2012. Tatiana Maslany grew up in Saskatch…

The Devil's Dictionary: Oratory

by Ambrose Bierce OPTIMISTORPHANORATORY -n. A conspiracy between speech and action to cheat the understanding. A tyranny tempered by stenography.

The Devil's Dictionary: Trust

by Ambrose Bierce TRUTHFULTURKEYTRUST -n. In American politics, a large corporation composed in greater part of thrifty working men, widows of small means, orphans in the care of guardians a…

Muhammad

Muhammad is the central prophet of the Islamic faith. Born into a noble Quraish (Quraysh) clan, he was orphaned at an early age. He grew up to be a successful merchant, then turned contemplative; it…