This biography outlines the life of Phillis Wheatley, who became a published poet despite being enslaved.
Read this article to learn about the life of Anthony Acevedo, a former U.S. Army medic who kept a diary of his time in a Nazi concentration camp as a prisoner of war.
What can the camera tell us about the lives and work of famous authors? In this article, poet Mark Strand examines an 1891 photograph of Walt Whitman.
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., authors, activists, and historians share their views of his legacy.
As an anti-Federalist, Patrick Henry opposed the ratification of the Constitution. Read about his opposition to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
Critic Herschthal reviews historian Stephen Kantrowitz’s 2012 book about the abolitionist leaders who fought for more than just the end of slavery before and after the Civil War.
In another chapter of America’s reckoning with the history of slavery, Baltimore has removed Confederate statues from one of its parks and renamed it after abolionist Harriet Tubman.
Read about how one dedicated voice turned the view of Florida’s Everglades from negative to positive.
This biography describes the major life events of feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
This biography details the life of early American colonist John Smith.
Part of being guided by a cause is convincing others to believe in it, too. Explore the speeches of President Barack Obama to learn about how you can put rhetoric to work for the causes that matter to you.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York now features a virtual version of Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank and survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
In 2017, a Pennsylvania historian found several slave narratives that had been published in a local newspaper in 1893. Read this article to learn more.
Nuclear meltdowns are very rare but dangerous. Read about how nuclear reactors work and what causes a meltdown.
Learn about the simple decision made by Rosa Parks in 1955 that helped inspire the Civil Rights movement. Scroll down to view the handwritten police report and other records from this event.
Professor and author Jeanne C. Reesman extols the writing of Jack London.
Read about poet Robert Hayden and listen to him recite part of one of his most famous poems.
The Mastheads, a residency program for writers, built five small studios inspired by famous local authors, such as Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne, for its recipients to work in.
In 2017, Germany’s national railway considered naming one of its trains after Anne Frank. Many people objected to the plan. Read this article to learn more.
Charles Dickens’s writing brought the struggles of the poor to light in ways that helped improve their lot. But you may not know that he also brought literal light to the poor, along with air to breathe.