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Launchpad: “The Grand Inquisitor” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

By Ed Marks and Dan Cummings, revised by Joe Phelan

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In the spring of 1849, Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881) faced a Russian firing squad. He had been accused of the political crime of promoting utopian socialism, a popular ideology that threatened the deeply conservative government of Czar Nicholas I. Just as the order was being given to the firing squad to shoot, a messenger appeared with an edict from the Czar commuting the sentence to four years of hard labor in Siberia.

Harriet Powers, American folk artist and quilt maker, is born

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