In 1951, 16-year-old Barbara Johns found herself in the middle of the fight to end segregation in American schools, an effort she compared to “reaching for the moon.”
Many people know Edgar Allen Poe for his short stories, but did you know he was a poet, as well? Many of his poems play with the same themes as his stories, including one he dedicated to an unknown person and that scholars believe was written about a real-life haunted lake…
Harriet Tubman has long been a legend in the fight to abolish slavery in the United States. Recently, scholars have begun to take a closer look at what we think we know about the woman behind the legend.
In this biography, learn how Jack London’s adventurous life inspired his novels and stories.
Learn about how the grievances of King George III were used to justify the American Revolution and win French support throughout the war.
William Shakespeare is widely considered to be the greatest writer in the English language and now, thanks to modern technology, you can explore some of the most iconic places from the playwright’s life, and the locations said to have inspired him, from the comfort of your own home.
Poe’s death is an unsolved mystery. This article present nine theories for the demise of this famous American writer.
Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, served as an unofficial advisor to the second president of the United States. She also fought for the right of married women to own personal property.
This lecture by Professor Daniel Czitrom from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts gives an overview of Jacob Riis. Watch the clips at the following marks for a look at some of Riis’s work and to get a sense of his purpose and relevance today: 20:38–25:10, 36:35–38:40, 45:02–47:35, and 50:56–52:16.
Gregg Hecimovich, a professor of English in South Carolina, may have successfully identified the woman who wrote The Bondwoman’s Narrative. The novel is thought to be the first written by an African-American woman. Until now, no one knew the author’s true identity.
These Founding Fathers not only dedicated their lives and careers to the American Revolution, but also a fair amount of money. Check out this History article to find out more.
Click this link to learn about the nation’s first Black female federal judge and her important contributions to the Civil Rights movement.
The book that claims to know the identity of Anne Frank’s betrayer is now under scrutiny. Check out this article to find out why.
Learn about how nine remarkable women resisted Nazi occupation and escaped capture.
Read about the extraordinary life of Ping-Hua Lee, who not only fought for women’s suffrage, but also the rights of fellow Chinese American immigrants.
Watch the video and consider what the myth teaches us about science and nature.
Read about its origins and peruse the related readings and images.
In honor of Black History Month, read about these six historical figures.
In the last 60 years, how much progress has been made in the Civil Rights movement? This article explains how events in 1961 are connected to the struggle for equality that continues in America today.
Learn about the amazing life and influential work of feminist author bell hooks as she is remembered by those she inspired most.