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Race

The word race has multiple meanings. It can refer to the human race and the belief held by many societies that people belong to different races, based on how they look. Ideas about race have changed over time, but they have often included racism— unequal or unfair treatment of groups of people because of their appearance.

Refugee camp

A temporary camp or place to live for refugeespeople who have fled to a foreign country to escape danger or persecution.

Reliquary

A container in which relics or religious objects (such as the bones of saints) are displayed or stored.

Reproduction

A copy of a work of art, especially images found in places such as books, magazines, or posters.

Reproduction

A copy of a work of art, especially images found in places such as books, magazines, or posters.

Rhinestone

Rhinestone

A fake gem stone or diamond made from rock crystal, glass, or paste.

Rhinestone

A fake diamond or gem made of glass or a type of paste.

Rhythm

In music, a rhythm is a pattern of beats or sounds. A rhythm can be regular and repeat itself over and over like a ticking clock. Or it can change and be different like the sounds made by a musician hitting a drum. A rhythm can also be found in the arrangement of things in regular intervals, for example, the steps of a ladder or the bricks of a building.

Riff

A short, repeated piece of music, often played with changing chords or harmonies.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Two different circuses that joined together to make one big circus in the early twentieth century. More info

Rivers, Eunice

A nurse who worked at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama with doctors and participants in a study of a life-threatening disease. During the thirty-two years of the study, the participants were denied treatment even when a cure became available.

Role model

A person who is seen as an example and whose behavior is copied by other people.

Runaway slave

In the United States, runaway slaves escaped from their masters to travel to a place where slavery was banned or illegal.
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