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What’s New at The Digital Public Library of America

William H Johnson, Harlem Street with Church, c. 1939-1940.
I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man. --Thomas Jefferson (quoted by New York Public Library President Anthony Marx to commemorate DPLA’s launch)                   Read More »
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Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Martin Luther King Memorial
Martin Luther King's most well-known writing is his "Letter from Birmingham Jail." He began writing the lengthy essay while jailed over Easter weekend in 1963. He eventually arranged its publication as part of a public relations strategy to bring national attention to the struggle for civil rights in the South.Read More »
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Introducing “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community”

Brooklyn Bridge, Across the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan New York
The lyric poem seeks to mesmerize time. It crosses frontiers and outwits the temporal. It can bridge the gulf between people otherwise unknown to each other.—Edward Hirsch This April as we mark the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets and EDSITEment welcome you to engage with our new online initiative to bring contemporary poetry resources to your students.Read More »
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The Selma to Montgomery March and Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Marchers carrying banner "We march with Selma!" on street in Harlem, New York
Students love a good fight. From the Boston Tea Party to the Vietnam War, students’ genuine interest in historical protests is as recurrent a theme in the classroom as uprisings and demonstrations are in human history. Teachers sometimes wonder why the fight for rights and for a redress of grievances—more than other historical themes—regularly awakens their students to the lessons of history and gets them truly engaged in content.Read More »
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Five Essential Resources for Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Lake
“One of the things people don’t understand about Eleanor Roosevelt, because she seemed so ladylike, and she has that aristocratic voice and that manner: she was tough as nails. In fact she was one of the best politicians of the 20th century.” — Geoffrey Ward, Eleanor RooseveltEleanor Roosevelt was a key figure in some of the most important social reform movements of the twentieth century, including the Progressive movement, the New Deal, the Women's Movement, the struggle for racial justice, and the founding of the United Nations.Read More »
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