Historic Figures







9 Virtual Tours of Shakespearean Spots

Source: Google: Arts and Culture

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.




Looking down a long, dark, back alley

Muckraking Journalist Jacob Riis and Gilded Age New York City

Source: C-SPAN

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.


Old shabby book in leather cover

Professor Says He Has Solved a Mystery Over a Slave’s Novel

Source: The New York Times

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.