February 28

Essayist Michel de Montaigne born

February 28, 1533

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  • Introducing the Essay: Twain, Douglass, and American Non-Fiction
    Lesson Plan / Literature & Language Arts
    Introducing the Essay: Twain, Douglass, and American Non-Fiction

    The essay is perhaps one of the most flexible genres: long or short, personal or analytical, exploring the extraordinary and the mundane. American essayists examine the political, the historical, and the literary; they investigate what it means to be an "American," ponder the means of creating independent and free citizens, discuss the nature of American literary form, and debate the place of religion in American society.

Anti-slavery advocates meet to discuss establishing new political party

February 28, 1854

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British illustrator and graphic humorist John Tenniel born

February 28, 1820

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