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1. Re-elected President on the basis of having "kept us out of war", he promptly got us into a horrid, bloody European conflict arising from bad blood between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and their subject Slavic peoples that arguably involved no real threat to U.S. territorial interests. Who was this ultimately tragic figure?
2. He is known to have made one of the greatest political speeches in U.S. history, but the subject of this speech was what can only be described as the rather peculiar issue of "bimetallism." At the end of his life he testified as an expert witness about the Bible in a court case in which his views on scriptural inerrancy were held up to ridicule by a famous trial lawyer. Who was he?
3. One of the founding fathers of a great American industry, he was also a paranoid anti-Semitic crank who authored a book entitled "The International Jew" and published the notorious Czarist forgery "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" in the USA. Who was he?
4. In an essay published in the "New Yorker" 13 days after the 9/11 attacks, this darling of the literary left defended the attackers against accusations of cowardice, reiterated the theory, much bandied about before and since, that the 9/11 atrocity was "undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions" and posited a moral equivalency between the 9/11 hijackers and the persons behind the American bombing of Iraq. Who wrote this?
5. This New York lawyer, whose name later became virtually synonymous with "boring President", acceded to the presidency only because of the untimely death of Zachary Taylor. He later ran for the office as the candidate of the infamously racist and nativist "Know-Nothing" party, though happily only about seven people voted for him. Who was he?
6. This undeniably talented and attractive half of one of America's well-known couples (now ex) said in a 1970 speech at Duke University that "if you understood what Communism was, you would hope and pray on your knees that we would someday become Communist." Who said that?
7. He started out with a bang in the literary world with his book "Other Voices, Other Rooms"; he was a childhood friend of Harper Lee, and some have suggested that he may have helped her with parts of "To Kill a Mockingbird". By the end of his career and life, however, he had made himself a bit of a pariah even among the society types he had conspicuously courted, and his literary reputation was in decided eclipse. Who was he?
8. Undeniably one of the most brilliant statesman ever produced by the South, some of the actions and inactions of this handsome advocate of states' rights (and of state nullification of odious federal laws) may have been causes, however unintentional, of the Civil War. His last words reportedly were, "The South! The poor South! God knows what will become of her!" Who was he?
9. Once a "contendah" for the title of greatest living American actor, this screen legend appears to have veered off the path somewhere in the 70's. Several years back he launched into a semi-coherent rant on the Larry King show about "kikes" and Jewish domination of the movie industry. Who is this larger-than-life (and larger than several other things) figure?
10. This young film director, who conspicuously emulated John Ford, knocked out such astonishingly good films as "Paper Moon" and "The Last Picture Show" in the early 70s, but promptly became infatuated with a young Cybill Shepherd, dumped his wife, and arguably had done nothing in the intervening 30 years which approached the quality of his two early masterpieces. Who was he?
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