April 21

Rome founded

April 21, 753 BCE

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English writer Charlotte Bronte is born

April 21, 1816

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  • Introducing Jane Eyre: An Unlikely Victorian Heroine
    Lesson Plan / Literature & Language Arts
    Introducing Jane Eyre: An Unlikely Victorian Heroine

    Through their interpretation of primary documents that reflect Victorian ideals, students can learn the cultural expectations for and limitations placed on Victorian women and then contemplate the writer Charlotte Brontë's position in that context. Then, through an examination of the opening chapters of Jane Eyre, students will evaluate Jane's status as an unconventional Victorian heroine.

Richard Diebenkorn, American abstract painter, is born

April 21, 1922

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  • Building Suburbia: Highways and Housing in Postwar America
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Building Suburbia: Highways and Housing in Postwar America

    This lesson highlights the changing relationship between the city center and the suburb in the postwar decades, especially in the 1950s. Students will look at the legislation leading up to and including the Federal Highway Act of 1956. They will also examine documents about the history of Levittown, the most famous and most important of the postwar suburban planned developments.