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By: William Shakespeare (1564-1616) The Tragedy of King Richard II, by William Shakespeare, is the first of the history series that continues with Parts 1 and 2 of King Henry IV and with The Life of King Henry V. At the beginning of the play, Richard II banishes his cousin Henry Bolingbroke from England. Bolingbroke later returns with an army and the support of some of the nobility, and he deposes Richard. Richard is separated from his beloved Queen, imprisoned, and later murdered. By the end of the play, Bolingbroke has been crowned King Henry IV. Audio edited by J. M. Smallheer and John Gonzalez. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden) Characters: Narration, Keeper, and Lord – read by Annie Coleman King Richard II and First Servant – read by Peter Yearsley Northumberland and Gaunt – read by Chip Bolingbroke – read by Kayvan Sylvan Aumerle – read by John Gonzalez Henry Percy – read by Michael Sirois York – read by Martin Clifton Mowbray – read by Mark F. Smith Surrey and Willoughby – read by Nikolle Doolin Salisbury – read by David Barnes Bushy and Carlisle – read by Cecelia Prior Bagot, Abbot, Scroop, and Exton – read by Linton Green – read by deadwhitemales Queen Isabel – read by Joy Chan Duchess of York – read by Kristen McQuillin Berkeley – read by Rainer Ross – read by Mr. Baby Man Fitzwater and Groom – read by Sean McKinley Marshal – read by Lenny Glionna Jr. Captain and First Herald – read by Hugh Mac Duchess of Gloucester – read by Gesine Lady – read by Maureen S. O’Brien Gardener, Second Herald, and Second Servant – read by Kara Shallenberg
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The Articles of Confederation: On November 15th, 1777 The Articles of Confederation became the first constitution of the United States, though not yet ratified by the thirteen original colonies. Ratification of the Articles took place almost three and a half years later on March 1st, 1781. The purpose of the articles was to create a confederation of sovereign states with a weak central government; thus allowing state governments to wield most of the power. It wasn't long before the need for a stronger federal government was realized which led to the Articles being replaced by the United States Constitution. The Articles of Confederation is the common term for The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. The U.S. Constitution: The United States Constitution is the legal backbone of the United States of America and comprises the basic laws of the United States Federal Government. Delegates from twelve of the thirteen original colonies put the Constitution's frame work together in May 1787 in Philadelphia. The Constitution defines the three branches of government and their jurisdictions; they are the Executive Branch (President/Vice President), Legislative Branch (Congress comprised of the Senate & House of Representatives), and the Judicial Branch (the Supreme Court). The need for three branches of government was to create a separation of powers so that not one person or group has full responsibilities, but that they're spread out and each branch must refer to the other by a means of checks and balances. The Declaration of Independence: The Declaration of Independence is a document that is the epitome of freedom and liberty. It was drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 as a list of grievances against the King of England, George III. The Declaration expresses the conviction of Americans in a philosophy of self-evident truths of what individual liberty and freedom should be. The Declaration was the beginning to separation from England and the catalyst for a birth of a nation. The Gettysburg Address: The Gettysburg Address is considered one of the greatest and most quoted speeches of a President throughout American history. President Abraham Lincoln gave his address on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19th, 1863. It was a few months after the battle at Gettysburg was over, the purpose of Lincoln being there was to consecrate a cemetery to the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. It is believed that Lincoln's main goal of this opportunity was to fight for the United States as a united country and to express the equality of all under the law. (Summaries by Aldark)
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