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Alice Eliza Brown (1911 - 1959)

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Alice Eliza Brown
1911 - 1959
Born
February 19, 1911
Death
February 15, 1959
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Alice Eliza Brown was born on February 19, 1911. She is the child of Pressnell Samu Brown and Mary Eliza Charlton Brown. She died on February 15, 1959 in Melbourne, Australia at age 47.
Updated: September 9, 2019
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Alice Eliza Brown passed away on February 15, 1959 in Melbourne, Australia at age 47. She was buried in Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery Section S Site 1871, San Diego, California . Alice was born on February 19, 1911. She is the child of Pressnell Samu Brown and Mary Eliza Charlton Brown.
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In 1911, in the year that Alice Eliza Brown was born, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurred, one of the deadliest industrial disasters in U.S. history. 146 workers (123 women and 23 men, many of them recent Jewish and Italian immigrants) died from the fire or by jumping to escape the fire and smoke. The garment factory was on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of a building in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Doors to stairwells and exits had been locked in order to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to prevent theft, so they couldn't escape by normal means when the fire broke out. Due to the disaster, legislation was passed to protect sweatshop workers.

In 1925, at the age of only 14 years old, Alice was alive when in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1930, Alice was 19 years old when as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

In 1944, Alice was 33 years old when on June 22nd, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, called the G.I. Bill, was signed into law, pushed through by the veteran's organizations. Benefits provided for veterans to return to school (high school, vocational school, or college), obtain low interest home mortgages and low interest business loans, and (if needed) one year of unemployment insurance. Since most returning vets immediately found work, less than 20% of the unemployment benefits were distributed.

In 1959, in the year of Alice Eliza Brown's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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