Launchpad: “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Kurt VonnegutDirections: This Launchpad, adapted from http://www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s short story “Harrison Bergeron.” After reading the story, you can click on the videos to hear editors Amy A. Kass, Leon R.

Third Lincoln–Douglas debate

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Church bombed in Birmingham Alabama killing four black girls

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Detail of an Ancient Greek Kylix

Sophocles, Socrates, and the Greek Polis

This feature guides students through Ancient Greek civics as told by philosopher Socrates and playwright Sophocles.

Battle of Antietam

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Portrait of Alexander Hamilton

"Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton"

Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton tells the story of one of America's most important founding fathers. It takes viewers to the Caribbean islands where Hamilton was born, to Yorktown and Wall Street where he fought and worked, and to Harlem and Weehawken, New Jersey, where he lived and died.

Voting Rights Act signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson

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    President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act

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    U.S. Constitution ratified

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    June 21, 1788