American Ace by Marilyn Nelson

By Marilyn Nelson

This riveting novel in verse, ideal for fanatics of Jacqueline Woodson and Toni Morrison, explores American background and race in the course of the eyes of a teenage boy embracing his newfound identity

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Connor's grandmother leaves his dad a letter while she dies, and the letter's confession shakes their tight-knit Italian-American kin: the guy who raised Dad isn't really his delivery father.

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Russia, moreover, was estranged from Austria because Austria had declined to support it against France and Britain during the Crimean War in 1853–6. Russia was also worried about Polish nationalism. The largest part of Poland belonged to Russia, and the Poles had waged several unsuccessful uprisings against Russia in the previous decades. In 1866, another uprising seemed to be brewing. Bismarck, mindful of Prussia’s areas with a Polish German Unification • 19 population, always believed that Prussia and Russia shared a common interest in holding down Polish nationalism, and he made it clear that Prussia would support all Russian actions in that direction.

In the 1890s, their modest share of Reichstag seats melted away. In the long run, the most important smaller party under Bismarck was the Socialist Workers’ Party (SAP), which renamed itself Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in 1890. The SAP, founded through a merger of small working-class parties in 1875, forged a compromise of Marxist-revolutionary and reformist or trade-unionist elements. It was committed to democracy, universal, equal, and secret suffrage in all elections, a range of social reforms, freedom of speech and publication, and a people’s militia – a demand inspired by the defeat of revolutionaries by reactionary professional armies in 1848–49.

The most notable of them was led by Adolf Stoecker, the official chaplain at the Prussian court, who aimed to combine anti-Jewish resentment with social reform. But none of the anti-Semitic parties had much success at the polls. In the 1890s, their modest share of Reichstag seats melted away. In the long run, the most important smaller party under Bismarck was the Socialist Workers’ Party (SAP), which renamed itself Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in 1890. The SAP, founded through a merger of small working-class parties in 1875, forged a compromise of Marxist-revolutionary and reformist or trade-unionist elements.

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