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Finding Archetypes in Beauty and the Beast

An illustrátion by Warwick Goble for Beauty and the Beast, 1913
The appeal of the Beauty and the Beast story, with its accent on compassion and the universal message “love conquers all,” transcends the boundaries of age and time. It continues to delight young and old, generation after generation, through its many adaptations.Read More »

American Literature Selections

Willa Cather homestead, rural Webster County, Nebraska
“American literature has never been content to be just one among the many literatures of the Western World. It has always aspired to be the literature not only of a new continent but of a New World.” —Christopher DawsonRead More »
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Winston Churchill on the Origins of the Cold War: The Fulton Speech

Truman waves from convertible as Churchill sits next to him smoking a cigar
I must say Winston’s speech echoes the sentiments of all. None but he could have said it.—Pierson Dixon, British Foreign OfficerRead More »
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Remembering the First Ladies

First ladies sit together at the National Garden Gala
“...In the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I would desire you would Remember the Ladies. . . . Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. . . . If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Laidies we are determined to foment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.” —Abigail AdamsRead More »
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Celebrate African American History Month

The plaque in front of August Wilson’s childhood home
This month, in honor of African American History, we offer several new and classic suggestions for teachers looking to incorporate the best open-source—i.e., free—digital humanities resources on history and literature into their classrooms. These resources, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, bridge the gap between the expanding academic scholarship of the black experience and the need for this history to be more widely taught at the K–12 level.Read More »
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