Diverse Threads in the History of the United States: The Life of Booker T. Washington

Booker T Washington

“What’s resulted in the decades since is supposed to be an opportunity for White people and their institutions to redress their perpetual erasure of the roles of Black folks in building this country on our backs… What we’ve been given, however, is a rote acknowledgment of the same five people — Rosa Parks, Martin Luther …

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Ann Rutledge

Ann Rutledge and Abraham Lincoln

Did Abraham Lincoln love his wife? Or was he instead forever emotionally faithful to the memory of his first true love, a woman by the name of Ann Rutledge? Is this another American legend, like that of Paul Bunyan?  The truth, as always, lies somewhere in the middle, but the way that this story has …

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The Paradoxical President: Re-imagining Abraham Lincoln

The Paradoxical President: Re-imagining Abraham Lincoln 1

Every February, American children from all over their country are treated to the dusty facts regarding the sixteenth president of the United States — that of good ol’ Abe Lincoln, he of simple beginnings and Civil War stewardship. The guy was tall; he freed the slaves; he was killed while attending a theater performance. What …

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Mary Todd Lincoln: Reevaluating an Unkind Memory

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The Yellow Wallpaper, a well-known short story by Charlotte Gilman Perkins in the feminist canon, describes a woman with “nervous depression” who is ordered to do as little as possible. But, rather than improving her condition, this “treatment” makes her worse [1].   The story is a cautionary tale about the emotional straight-jacket that can result …

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A Woman of the Wild West: The Life of Mary Hallock Foote

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In 1971, author Wallace Stegner published his novel Angle of Repose, which went on to earn a Pulitzer Prize.  The book is widely considered to be one of the best novels of all time; it is simultaneously a slice of life from the American Victorian West, a novel focused on environmental concerns, and a love …

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Elizabeth Regina: The First, The Great, the Only

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“…. And the new social system was finally secure. Yet the spirit of the ancient feudalism was not quite exhausted. “ – Lytton Strachey A prominent critic wrote about her two centuries after her death. Bette Davis played her in a melodramatic movie nominated for five Academy Awards. Today, millions of people attend traveling fairs …

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