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Celebrate the Bicentennial of Frederick Douglass this year

Portrait of Frederick Douglass against fireworks background
On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave his famous speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” to the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, New York. In this blistering address, considered one of the most significant works of oratory of the 19th century, Douglass referred pointedly to the distance between the lofty ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the reality of American slaveholding and exposed the hypocrisy of celebrating independence when millions of Americans remained in bondage.Read More »
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Poet Laureate Steps Off Beaten Path, Takes Poetry to Small Towns, Rural Communities

Photo of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
“I am thrilled that Tracy K. Smith has accepted my invitation to continue sharing her poetry with the nation. Her exchanges with Americans in small towns and rural communities are inspiring an appreciation of poetry and history—and remind us that poetry has value for all our lives.”—Carla Hayden, Librarian of CongressRead More »

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with EDSITEment

Miss April Lou, PS 1, Manhattan, with six Chinese children.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, and EDSITEment resources can deepen your students’ understanding of Asian American and Pacific Islander history and culture.Read More »
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