Ben Jonson, English poet and dramatist, born

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The gold medal of the 2012 Olympics

The Olympics

To mark the 2012 Olympics, head back to the ancient city-state and Classical Greek civilization. Examine Greek values and cultural assumptions about human excellence and competition. Then, explore the great city of London, site of this year’s Games, as well as the 1908 and 1948 Olympics.

Edgar Lee Masters publishes the first poem of what became “The Spoon River Anthology”

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  • Launchpad: Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”

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    Walt Whitman registers the title, “Leaves of Grass,” with the U.S. District Court, NY

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    Slavery, the Crisis of the Union, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

    This is an expansive multidisciplinary collection of EDSITEment resources on the antebellum and Civil War era of American history.

    Image of Chaucer as a pilgrim from Ellesmere Manuscript

    The Autumn of the Middle Ages: Chaucer and Dante

    This page features resources relating to medieval literature, and presents information about the works of Chaucer and Dante. Learn more about these authors and Europe during Middle Ages by visiting the lesson plans and websites referenced on this page.

    Literature of the Civil War

    Read and discuss some of the great American writers and their work in the mid-19th century. This feature explores the themes of slavery, the role of women, and the experience of war.