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George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and the Presidents' Day holiday

Kimmel & Forster, Columbia's Noblest Sons
Between the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22), our commercial republic* has come to celebrate a national holiday unofficially called “President’s Day” (February 16), which generically honors all the presidents. Washington and Lincoln stand out as unrivaled figures in American history. Their importance is reflected in the large number of lessons about them in our collection.In this special post we highlight these lessons as well as new resources on five other of our notable chief executives.Read More »
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African American History Month

This month, in honor of African American History, we offer several new and classic suggestions for teachers looking to incorporate the best open-source—i.e., free—digital humanities resources on history and literature into their classrooms, while meeting the demands of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.Read More »
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“Shakespeare Uncovered” Returns!

Kim Cattrall at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Photo credit: Andrea Southam
Shakespeare’s plays still speak to us, they have resonance—hundreds of plays written since then don’t. And “Shakespeare Uncovered” opens up to this huge American audience—this gold dust—and shows them [that] television doesn’t end with Downton Abbey. If you think that’s good … see what real writing, real authors, and real characters are about.—Jeremy IronsRead More »
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"I am in Birmingham because injustice is here"

Recreation of Martin Luther King's Cell in Birmingham Jail
Last year, one of our most popular blog posts was about how to teach Dr. King's Letter from Birmingham Jail. We are repeating it again this year in advance of the Martin Luther King holiday. We hope that Dr. King's profound reflections on the relationship between law and justice will resonate once again with all teachers and their students.Read More »
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Dostoevsky for the Classroom

[I]t was not a slip of the tongue for Dostoyevsky to say that “Beauty will save the world,” but a prophecy. After all, he was given the gift of seeing much, he was extraordinarily illumined.―Alexander Solzhenitsyn Read More »
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