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Five Essential Resources for Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
“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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Finding Archetypes in Beauty and the Beast

An illustrátion by Warwick Goble for Beauty and the Beast, 1913
The appeal of the Beauty and the Beast story, with its accent on compassion and the universal message “love conquers all,” transcends the boundaries of age and time. It continues to delight young and old, generation after generation, through its many adaptations.Read More »

American Literature Selections

Willa Cather homestead, rural Webster County, Nebraska
“American literature has never been content to be just one among the many literatures of the Western World. It has always aspired to be the literature not only of a new continent but of a New World.” —Christopher DawsonRead More »
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Winston Churchill on the Origins of the Cold War: The Fulton Speech

Truman waves from convertible as Churchill sits next to him smoking a cigar
I must say Winston’s speech echoes the sentiments of all. None but he could have said it.—Pierson Dixon, British Foreign OfficerRead More »
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Remembering the First Ladies

First ladies sit together at the National Garden Gala
“...In the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I would desire you would Remember the Ladies. . . . Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. . . . If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Laidies we are determined to foment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.” —Abigail AdamsRead More »
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