The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) are located in the Pacific Ocean just north of the equator, about 3,000 miles south-west of Hawaii and about 2,500 miles south-east of Japan. The FSM is a federation of four semiautonomous states and has a population of approximately 103,000 (as of 2010) scattered over many small islands and atolls. The FSM states maintain considerable power, relative to the FSM National Government, to allocate U.S. assistance and implement budgetary policies. This book examines (1) the FSM's and RMI's use of compact funds in the education and health sectors; (2) the extent to which the FSM and RMI have made progress toward stated goals in education and health; and (3) the extent to which oversight activities by the FSM, RMI, and U.S. governments ensure accountability for compact funding and information on infrastructure spending.
Dillon and Lane are surprised and pleased when Lane's Uncle Jim offers them the use of his new 40' Chris-Craft for their trip to Catalina Island and honeymoon cruise to San Diego's Mission Bay. Uncle Jim is a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy and a father figure to Lane and her sisters. The couple, accompanied by two family members, sails to Catalina Island where the remainder of their small family on both sides joins them for a fun weekend, which culminates in a Saturday evening wedding. After the wedding, Uncle Jim has the newlyweds drop him off on the north side of nearby San Clemente Island on their voyage to Mission Bay. Lane and Dillon reluctantly agree, feeling guilty over his generosity. After delivering Uncle Jim to the island, the newlyweds slowly motor south along the isolated far coast of the island, when suddenly they are both knocked off the deck and into the water. The boat, still in gear, heads ghostly towards Mexican waters. Dillon manages to get them safely to shore, and working together they find food and shelter. After days of being marooned on the island, they find a hysterical young woman calling and searching for her Australian boyfriend. The couple had been camping illegally on the beach with their sailboat anchored nearby. Dillon and Lane soon become embroiled in a web of deceit, international conspiracy, unexplained death, political and naval corruption, kickbacks, and missing persons.
A good humored fast read about the history of Florida from the time of Columbus through the Steamboat era on the St. Johns River at the end of the 19th century. The history is confined to the area around the St. Johns River and Drayton Island in particular. For centuries before the European's arrived, the native people lived along the river and on Drayton Island. As the area near St. Augustine and along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean became settled, the Indians moved inland. The Island was on the frontier between the settlers and the Indians. South of Drayton Island, the settlers were on the east side of the river and the Indians were on the west side. The book touches on the French, Spanish, and English control of the Florida peninsula, the Florida Territory of the United States, Statehood and Secession, the Civil War, Trail of Tears, and the plight of the freed African American slaves. There are hundreds of books about the history of Florida that do not have interviews and stories about the people. This book has several. It is fiction based upon the Florida history soap opera.
With the growing population in the Southern States, the increase of mulattoes has been very great. Society does not frown upon the man who sits with his half-white child upon his knee whilst the mother stands, a slave, behind his chair. In nearly all the cities and towns of the Slave States, the real negro, or clear black, does not amount to more than one in four of the slave population. This fact is of itself the best evidence of the degraded and immoral condition of the relation of master and slave. Throughout the Southern States, there is a class of slaves who, in most of the towns, are permitted to hire their time from their owners, and who are always expected to pay a high price. This class is the mulatto women, distinguished for their fascinating beauty. The handsomest of these usually pay the greatest amount for their time. Many of these women are the favorites of men of property and standing, who furnish them with the means of compensating their owners, and not a few are dressed in the most extravagant manner. When we take into consideration the fact that no safeguard is thrown around virtue, and no inducement held out to slave-women to be pure and chaste, we will not be surprised when told that immorality and vice pervade the cities and towns of the South to an extent unknown in the Northern States. Indeed, many of the slave-women have no higher aspiration than that of becoming the finely-dressed mistress of some white man. At negro balls and parties, this class of women usually make the most splendid appearance, and are eagerly sought after in the dance, or to entertain in the drawing-room or at the table. A few years ago, among the many slave-women in Richmond, Virginia, who hired their time of their masters, was Agnes, a mulatto owned by John Graves, Esq., and who might be heard boasting that she was the daughter of an American Senator. Although nearly forty years of age at the time of which we write, Agnes was still exceedingly handsome. More than half white, with long black hair and deep blue eyes, no one felt like disputing with her when she urged her claim to her relationship with the Anglo-Saxon.
"Explore the history of Ellis Island, one of the most recognized landmarks in American history. Kids will learn about its early history as a Mohegan island and rest spot for fishermen through its time as a famous immigration station to today's museum. The level 3 text provides accessible, yet wide-ranging, information for independent readers."
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