Martin Luther King once said that he became a criminal in the eyes of the FBI since his birth on 15th January 1929. Probably he never has been convinced of the contrary in his lifetime. Shortly after Martin Luther King got informed that he had won the Nobel Prize for Peace, he could read in the newspapers an interview with J. Edgar Hoover, the former FBI department chief. In this interview Hoover designated King as “the most notorious liar of the United States”. Also at a press conference Hoover spoke clearly out, what he was thinking about the black SCLC Leader. He promised that he just started with revealing “the truth” about Martin Luther King. J. Edgar Hoover wanted to uncover King as a Citizen Right Leader under the influence of the Communist Party with the aim of destroying the democratic system of the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

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The European discovery of America was not a discovery of an empty land. For thousands of years the Native Americans have been living there, in the so called “new land”. Thus, the Europeans inevitably came in touch with the native peoples of America when discovering and exploring the land and also during the time of settlement. Before 1700 there were many different encounters between the Europeans and the native peoples of America: peaceful and non-peaceful contacts, trade relations and fights, alliances as well as kidnapping. The first written down contact between Europeans and Native Americans is the myth of the Vikings, also known as the Medieval Norse. Later the first European explorers of North America Jacques Cartier, Martin Frobisher, Samuel de Champlain met the Natives. The life of the Native Americans changed radically after the Europeans had come over. It changed not only because of struggles with the newcomers and the new trading opportunities but also due to new diseases and the different religion that came over. Natives started questioning their old way of life, their traditions and religion. Read the rest of this entry »

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