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In 1973, the Caribbean Community came into effect. With 15 full members and five associate members, CARICOM was first organized to provide a continued economic linkage among the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, though it now includes Suriname and Haiti. Its goals include providing 'dynamic leadership and service, in partnership with Community institutions and groups, towards the attainment of a viable, internationally competitive and sustainable Community, with improved quality of life for all'. CARICOM, which involves a free-trade area/single market, strives to create new bilateral free-trade agreements and has introduced a common passport that makes regional and international travel easier for its citizens.
In thinking about ancient Egypt, certain images come to mind - the pyramids, the Sphinx, the vast Sahara Desert, the mighty Nile River, and the image of the lovely Queen Nefertiti. Officially called the Great Royal Wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, she was related to King Tutenkhamen and may have even wielded great power, sharing the throne with her husband for a time. She was known for her great beauty, evidenced by a painted bust discovered in the early part of the 20th century. But much of Nefertiti's life remains shrouded in mystery. Ongoing archeological research may one day reveal answers to the many questions that surround the beautiful queen who lived so many centuries ago. Read in Nefertiti about a queen renowned for her beauty during a tumultuous time in Egyptian history.
Conditions were harsh in tenement factories all over New York City, but they were especially difficult at one in particular. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, located near the city's Washington Square Park, made history on March 25, 1911, when a devastating fire destroyed the top three floors of the building in which it was located. One hundred and forty-six young women and several men died in what was the worst workplace disaster to take place in the United States to that date. The lack of fire sprinklers or extinguishers, a safe fire escape, and working elevators, coupled with cluttered and unsanitary conditions, all contributed to the blaze. But what really ignited the public's outrage was the disregard by the owners and others in authority to establish and maintain a safe working environment in the first place. The tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory spawned dozens of reforms and legislation for workplace safety. It also cultivated an awakening attitude of social awareness and responsibility nationwide.
On October 29, 1929, more than 16 million stock shares were sold at the New York Stock Exchange, and by the end of November investors had lost more than $100 billion in assets. With the crash, the prosperity of the Roaring Twenties came to a close and a dark era of financial despair dawned in the United States. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 is a revealing look at the events that helped usher one of the grimmest periods in American history.
- Absorbing accounts of the leaders whose ideas and actions have changed the course of history - Examines each person's life in the context of the politics of the time - Full-color photographs enhance each book