English metaphysical poet and Parliamentarian Andrew Marvell born

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UN establishes International Day of Peace

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Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer, is born

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Charles Lindbergh, American aviator, is born

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Mexico gains independence from Spain when the Plan of Iguala is promulgated

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An EDSITEment Tour of the National Mall

This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to Washington D.C.'s National Mall, and presents information about the history and landmarks of the Mall.

Madison, Florida: Four Freedoms Monument, inspired by a speech by FDR

Four Freedoms for the Fourth

This feature lists resources relating to freedom and presents information and activities about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's concept of The Four Freedoms. Learn more about political speeches, freedom, and the U.S. government.

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Constitutionally Speaking

Constitutionally Speaking,a collaboration of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and several New Hampshire nonprofit organizations offers a suite of civics resources for K–12 teachers, including award-winning lesson plans and videos on the nation's founding document and its application in 21st-century America.

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Launchpad: “The Grand Inquisitor” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

By Ed Marks and Dan Cummings, revised by Joe Phelan

About the Author

In the spring of 1849, Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881) faced a Russian firing squad. He had been accused of the political crime of promoting utopian socialism, a popular ideology that threatened the deeply conservative government of Czar Nicholas I. Just as the order was being given to the firing squad to shoot, a messenger appeared with an edict from the Czar commuting the sentence to four years of hard labor in Siberia.