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Jacqueline Pirenne’s proposal has also convincingly challenged the validity of the external paradigm as the source of Ethiopian history. Pirenne suggests that the influence is in reverse, i.e., the Ethiopians influenced the civilization of the South Arabians. She reached her ‘ingenious’ conclusion after “weighing up the evidence from all sides, particularly aspects of material culture and linguistic/paleographic information.” Pirenne is essentially confirming the proposal made by scholars such as DuBois and Drusilla Dungee Houston, two African American vindicationist historians, who, in the early 1900s, wrote arguing that South Arabia was a part of ancient Ethiopia.

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When the people heeded the call of their leader, there were no mass media, no radio, and no television. Once Menelik’s Negarit (War Drum) drummed, the message spread and heard by the people throughout the country. Menelik’s Awaj was positively responded to and able-bodied men and women reported to duties in their respective districts, woreda, awaraja and provinces. The historic march to Adwa took more than two months. Along the way to Adwa, fellow Ethiopians, those who had to remain behind assumed logistical roles and offered provisions, such as food and pack animals, to the troops. The Battle took place at the site and time of Ethiopians’ choosing. The Italians were actually outnumbered and outmaneuvered and by mid-day the War was over and the Italians are rushing to surrender in thousands, as noted by Fitawarai Tekle Hawariat.

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The sister of Rasselas, she accompanies him out of the happy valley and seeks to learn what might bring about happiness on earth. She possesses some of the mindset and trappings of wealth and aristocracy, but learns that they do not bring about happiness. She is also used by Johnson as an example of how one must take care in approaching grief and suffering; the loss of Pekuah is particularly hard for her. By the end of the novel she hopes to start a college for women, but apparently abandons the idea.

Originally called by Johnson “The Choice of Life,” it was first published as .


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The title will be The choice of Life or The History of — Prince of Abissinia.” Johnson wrote this book quickly because he needed money with particular urgency.

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It seems a fair guess that over that time more people have read this book than have read any of Johnson’s other works, with the possible exception of the Language (1755); even there, very few will have read the from cover to cover in the way that readers are invited to enjoy this short and very readable work.

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His mother, Sarah Johnson, was 90 years old, and he had gotten word from Litchfield, his hometown and the place where his mother still lived, that she was dying.

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He did not make it back to Litchfield in time; although he managed to send her some of money from the advance he got for “The Choice of Life,” Sarah Johnson died on January 22, 1759, before her son was able to get back to her.

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Johnson’s letters to his step-daughter Lucy Porter, who lived with Sarah Johnson, make clear that he was deeply saddened by his mother’s death, and that he also felt guilty for not being able to help her more.

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The well-known Reggae singers, including Bob Marley, had the three basic colors on their jackets, belts or drums. Thus, the choice of these colors to represent their freedom and identity including flags by about 30 African and Caribbean countries wasn’t accidental, but it was because they viewed Ethiopia as an icon of freedom and associated their historical fight for freedom with that of Ethiopia.