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Thomas Day (1801–ca. 1861) was a successful free black furniture maker and businessman who stood “in the middle” of competing forces in nineteenth-century America: between black and white, slave and free, North and South, and Africa and America.
“A White Heron” was a short story originally published in A White Heron and Other Stories by Houghton, Mifflin and Company in 1886, then reprinted in Tales of New England (1890). Excerpts from the story are reproduced here to assist in your close reading of the passages. You are encouraged to read the entire story before beginning this activity.
This short video contains excerpts from David Walker's famous "Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World," a very significant document in American history. It is a call to freedom and to rising up and fighting against slavery with violence, if necessary, although that was not Walker's first choice.
O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi” reflects the true meaning of Christmas. This student resource provides English Language Arts students with an independent close reading of a Common Core State Standard exemplar text (grades 9–10) for fiction.