Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," is born

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Willa Cather dies

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English writer Charlotte Bronte is born

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F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby

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Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston.

American Masters: Zora Neale Hurston

American Masters' "Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun"  offers an introduction to the writer many consider the pre-eminent African American woman novelist of her generation. The American Masters website provides a career timeline, photographs, and additional footage from the film. An important letter from Hurston to the poet Countee Cullen on race relations in America is also included as are links to related websites. 

American Studies at the University of Virginia

The site is a repository of scholarly concentrations on such humanities topics as the 1930s, cultural maps, American literature, avant-garde and postmodern art exhibitions, and the U.S. Capitol building as an American icon. The site houses hypertexts of several American authors, including: Harriet Jacobs, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

  • Interactive: Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

    Created February 23, 2010
  • Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart": Teaching Through the Novel

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    Things Fall Apart books

    This lesson introduces students to Achebe's first novel and to his views on the role of the writer in his or her society.

  • Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

    Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston.

    Learn how writer Zora Neale Hurston incorporated and transformed black folklife in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. By exploring Hurston’s own life history and collection methods, listening to her WPA recordings of folksongs and folktales, and comparing transcribed folk narrative texts with the plot and themes of the novel, students will learn about the crucial role of oral folklore in Hurston’s written work.

  • Metaphorical Gold: Mining the Gold Rush for Stories

    Bound for the Klondike gold fields. Chilkoot Pass, Alaska.

    Explore the Alaskan Gold Rush by "mining" EDSITEment resources for primary texts and period photographs. Just as writer Jack London discovered "metaphorical gold" in the Yukon, students can search several online databases for period details that will enhance their own narratives based on the Gold Rush era.