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Which president holds the list for the main vetoes? Which president had the biggest shoe measurement? Who used to be the single president to serve in either global battle I and global battle II? Who used to be the tallest president? those questions and plenty of, many extra are responded in The Smithsonian booklet of Presidential Trivia.

Divided into eleven chapters, The Smithsonian ebook of Presidential Trivia appears at each element of our heads of country and presidential historical past: electorate, officials, Heroes, and Saviors; Stumping: From entrance Porch to fb; The Pledge and the events; contained in the Oval workplace; The Perpetual Podium; domestic, lodge, Parlor, Playground; First households; Impeachment, Controversy, disgrace; Assassination; demise, and nationwide Mourning; Presidents within the renowned mind's eye; and The Quotable President.

Many of the questions are observed with pictures of artifacts from the Smithsonian's collections. The Smithsonian ebook of Presidential Trivia is bound to puzzle the minutiae buff and presidential specialist alike!

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From Capra’s Why We Fight series—supported by the government’s Office of War Information—to Wellman’s The Story of G. I. Joe, these films, and scores of others like them, depicted the invincible American hero fighting a just war in order to maintain America’s democratic stability and religious freedom (see: War Film, The). Although there were non-genre war films released at this time, such as Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca (1942) and William Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), that were more narratively complex, almost without exception formulaic, prowar combat films, set in Europe and the Pacific, and to a lesser extent in Korea, would continue to be made until Americans grew tired of war and its brutal xl Introduction effects after the nation suffered its first military defeat in Vietnam in the mid-1970s (see: Casablanca and Best Years of Our Lives, The).

Pickford’s seemingly perpetual girlishness was the polar opposite of Theda Bara’s wickedly erotic vamp persona. The first example of a star who was created by a studio, Bara was born Theodosia Goodman in Ohio. ), and after exotic stories were concocted about her being the daughter of a sheik and an Arabian princess who was involved in the “black arts,” she became notorious for playing the “vamp”—a vampiress whom men could not resist. The studio released incredibly provocative publicity photos of Bara, and she did her part on screen playing vamps that exist only to seduce and destroy powerful men (Sklar, 2008; Lewis, 2002).

The Be Carefuls were especially concerned with depictions of crime—theft, robbery, safecracking, arson, smuggling, and rape—that might prove to be “potentially informative” to members of the lower classes who might be tempted to cross over legal lines (Pramaggiore and Wallis, 2005). Although Hays’s lists were well intentioned, they had little effect on the way that motion pictures were made, as most studios simply ignored the MPPDA regulations. Now convinced that the industry could not—or would not—regulate itself, churchrelated and public organizations—Mothers of Minnesota, Combat, the NAACP, the Catholic War Veterans, the Parent Teacher Association—pooled their efforts in an attempt to force studios to produce more appropriate material.

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