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The confluence of race and sex was a powerful force in dismantling Reconstruction after the Civil War, sustaining Jim Crow laws for a century and fueling divisive racial politics throughout the twentieth century In the aftermath of slavery, the creation of a system of racial hierarchy and segregation was largely designed to prevent intimate relationships like Walter and Karen’s—relationships that were, in fact, legally prohibited by "anti-miscegenation statutes" (the word miscegenation…
Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  a place where things merge or flow together — especially rivers; or a coming together
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  • The confluence of race and sex was a powerful force in dismantling Reconstruction after the Civil War, sustaining Jim Crow laws for a century and fueling divisive racial politics throughout the twentieth century In the aftermath of slavery, the creation of a system of racial hierarchy and segregation was largely designed to prevent intimate relationships like Walter and Karen’s—relationships that were, in fact, legally prohibited by "anti-miscegenation statutes" (the word miscegenation…
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • In both crash number one and number three there was a confluence of mechanical problems and mistaken action by the pilot.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • It sounds more like, say, a confluence of circumstances outside of your control.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • But I could not help myself; indeed, I felt her grief meet mine in some huge gushing confluence and flow onward with it even as I continued to rage.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • The trials were to be held at a new stadium on Randall’s Island, in the confluence of the East and Harlem rivers.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • In the confluence of the multitude, several clubs crossed; blows, aimed at me, fell on other sconces.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • An unnaturally bright object comes into view near the confluence of two smaller streams: Fairbanks bus 142.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • A confluent small-pox had in all directions flowed over his face, and left it like the complicated ribbed bed of a torrent, when the rushing waters have been dried up.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • At the bend of the Danube, vessels, an island, and a castle with a park surrounded by the waters of the confluence of the Enns and the Danube became visible, and the rocky left bank of the Danube covered with pine forests, with a mystic background of green treetops and bluish gorges.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The chin is a still larger drop, the confluent dripping of the face.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden

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  • Then round the corner of the lane, from between the villas that guarded it at its confluence with the high road, came a little cart drawn by a sweating black pony and driven by a sallow youth in a bowler hat, grey with dust.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Upon the Trojan plain where the two rivers run, Skamander flowing to confluence with Simoeis, Hera halted to let her horses graze.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • As Eragon followed her, he sensed a strange confluence of energies below them and also the minds of five people whose thoughts were closed to him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Opposite the spot to which he had brought her was such a general confluence, and the river was proportionately voluminous and deep.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • General Dreedle’s nurse was only a little chubby, and his senses were stuffed to congestion with the yellow radiance of her hair and the unfelt pressure of her soft short fingers, with the rounded, untasted wealth of her nubile breasts in her Army-pink shirt that was opened wide at the throat and with the rolling, ripened, triangular confluences of her belly and thighs in her tight, slick forest-green gabardine officer’s pants.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • This singular accident, by a strange confluence of emotions in him, was felt as the sharpest sting of all.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Taxila’s position, at the confluence of the East-West trade routes that would become the Grand Trunk Road, at the spot where it bisected the Silk Road from China, shimmering down switchbacks from the Himalaya, had been one of the strategic hubs of antiquity.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Lower down, the infantry continued; but as the stream was suddenly swelled by the confluence of a considerable burn, they were more widely set, and only watched the fords and stepping-stones.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • She came at last to a confluence of shabby streets which she assumed from the detached quarter of her map was Stockwell.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • In New Bern, a quaint town situated at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers, he stopped for lunch.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • Around you, in late August, beauty is reduced at last to beauty at the confluence of two rivers.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The Passage of Arms, as it was called, which was to take place at Ashby, in the county of Leicester, as champions of the first renown were to take the field in the presence of Prince John himself, who was expected to grace the lists, had attracted universal attention, and an immense confluence of persons of all ranks hastened upon the appointed morning to the place of combat.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • …alluvial deposits: its weight and volume and density: its imperturbability in lagoons and highland tarns: its gradation of colours in the torrid and temperate and frigid zones: its vehicular ramifications in continental lakecontained streams and confluent oceanflowing rivers with their tributaries and transoceanic currents, gulfstream, north and south equatorial courses: its violence in seaquakes, waterspouts, Artesian wells, eruptions, torrents, eddies, freshets, spates, groundswells,…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And the cauldron burst in two, because all the liquor within it except the three charm-bearing drops was poisonous, so that the horses of Gwyddno Garanhir were poisoned by the water of the stream into which the liquor of the cauldron ran, and the confluence of that stream was called the Poison of the Horses of Gwyddno from that time forth.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Tereza listened to her with the remarkable concentration that few professors ever see on the face of a student and began to perceive that all Sabina’s paintings, past and present, did indeed treat the same idea, that they all featured the confluence of two themes, two worlds, that they were all double exposures, so to speak.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The two outfits gradually hunted down the tributary towards its confluence with the Brazos.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • There were large confluent purple patches showing on Anjali’s skin.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It was near dark when they reached it, at the crossroads north of the great confluence of the Trident.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • He passed through downtown and crossed the bridge that spanned the confluence of Greens Creek and Smith Creek.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • Their early morning thoughts were stimulated by the confluence of great energy and minds freshly drawn from oblivion.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • I’m prepared now to use the wonderful word confluence, which of itself exists as a reality and a symbol in one.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • And he came out into a great amphitheater into which jutted huge towering corners of a confluences of intersecting canyons.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • They were traced along the margin of the Mississippi, for some distance, until they took boat and ascended the river to its confluence with the Missouri.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Meandering from one road to the next, he eventually found the waterfront, recalling that the town had been developed at the confluence of Boone Creek and the Pamlico River.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • In the passage which conducts a lettered people from the one to the other, there is almost always a moment at which the literary genius of democratic nations has its confluence with that of aristocracies, and both seek to establish their joint sway over the human mind.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • A CONFLUENCE OF PATHS Two roads diverged in the middle of my life, I heard a wise man say I took the road less traveled by And that’s made the difference every night and every day —Larry Norman (with apologies to Robert Frost) March unleashed a torrent of rainfall after an abnormally dry winter.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • In spring, snow-water torrents risen and flowing down the mountainsides hurl at a confluence their mighty waters out of the gorges, filled by tributaries, and far away upon the hills a shepherd hears the roar.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • This was the confluence of the waters, the Ohio and the Mississippi.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • All they could see was sky, water, birds, light, and confluence.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • It was the whole morning world: And they themselves were a part of the confluence.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • She believed it just as she believed that the confluence of the waters was still happening at Cairo.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • Of course the greatest confluence of all is that which makes up the human memory—the individual human memory.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • Here time, also, is subject to confluence.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • Fairbanks bus 142 is parked beside a coppice of aspen, ten yards back from the brow of a modest cliff, on a shank of high ground overlooking the confluence of the Sushana River and a smaller tributary.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The case was evidently this: a position was selected along the river Kolocha—which crosses the highroad not at a right angle but at an acute angle—so that the left flank was at Shevardino, the right flank near the village of Novoe, and the center at Borodino at the confluence of the rivers Kolocha and Voyna.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But as if this vast local power in the tendinous tail were not enough, the whole bulk of the leviathan is knit over with a warp and woof of muscular fibres and filaments, which passing on either side the loins and running down into the flukes, insensibly blend with them, and largely contribute to their might; so that in the tail the confluent measureless force of the whole whale seems concentrated to a point.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Ripplingly withdrawing from his prey, Moby Dick now lay at a little distance, vertically thrusting his oblong white head up and down in the billows; and at the same time slowly revolving his whole spindled body; so that when his vast wrinkled forehead rose—some twenty or more feet out of the water—the now rising swells, with all their confluent waves, dazzlingly broke against it; vindictively tossing their shivered spray still higher into the air.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Inside that confluence of multifaceted inhibitors," she sighed, "what is freedom really?"
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers
  • The scaffold indeed looked like an islet at the confluence of several rivers.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Black Tulip
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