Launchpad: Pearl S. Buck

Pearl S. Buck’s “On Discovering America”

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LaunchPad: Flannery O'Connor's South

Flannery O'Connor: Journey through the South, Old and New

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Today's starting point? Atlanta. Destination? Florida. Although the family in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" lives in Atlanta, their journey to Florida takes them along the relatively new highways of the 1950s, including rural country roads.

Launchpad: Black Death

Activity 3—The Effects of the Black Death

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Historians generally agree bubonic plague was the cause of the disease we call the Black Death. Only in the mid-19th Century did scientists begin to have an understanding of the mechanism for the transmission of such diseases. But you may be surprised to find out that people in the Middle Ages understood that good sanitation and similar precautions could help slow the progress of the plague.

Primo Levi, author of “Survival in Aushchwitz,” born

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English writer Emily Brontë is born

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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis is born

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Gertrude Stein, an American writer, poet and art collector who spent most of her life in France, dies

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Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the United States, dies

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Emma Lazarus, the American-Jewish poet whose words are inscribed at the Statue of Liberty, is born

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Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon

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