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    Miami symposium helps preserve memories of the Great War

    Sept. 15, 2014, 3:37 p.m., Posted by David Lawrence Jr.


    WWI soldiers training in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Photo from the Boston Public Library on Flickr. 

    David Lawrence Jr. is president of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, a former publisher of the Miami Herald and a past trustee of History Miami. Knight Foundation and History Miami are co-sponsoring the symposium “World War I: A Century Later” on Saturday, Sept. 20 at New World Center.

    It was a war of machine guns and aeroplanes and tanks and trenches and chemical weapons and poison gases that gagged and suffocated. All these implements of war were either introduced in those years, or perfected in, under and over the killing fields of France and Belgium and Germany. It was a war that shaped the Middle East, leading to today’s terror. It led to fascism and communism – and Hitler and Lenin and Stalin (and evils that ensnarled a century).

    Sixteen million people died in those four years, 1914-18, 116,000 of them Americans.

    It was an accidental war. Shouldn’t have happened. But did. Its cause was way more complicated than the Archduke of the fading Austro-Hungarian Empire getting assassinated in Sarajevo.

    Subsequently, we – all of us, vengeful winners in Europe and naive statesman in the United States – botched the peace. It all looked so promising at the time, but looking back now we see the almost inexorable pathway to the next world war (the one we remember). If only we had really remembered the great lessons of the great war….

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    #6WordsMiami

    Sept. 15, 2014, 8 a.m., Posted by laflor

    This year the Miami Book Fair International (MBFI) is looking for six-word stories inspired by life in Miami. The genre is up to you: fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, romance. All you have to do is conjure up a story and submit it for the challenge. #6WordsMiami. My...

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    Ocmulgee Indian Celebration brings the Native American culture to life

    Sept. 15, 2014, 7:25 a.m., Posted by ylatimore

    Ocmulgee Indian Celebration poster. The lifestyle of Native Americans has been preserved throughout the United States with national monuments and reservations. Each year, during the middle of September, thousands of people from all over the Southeast and beyond come out to the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration. This...

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