September 24

F. Scott Fitzgerald is born

September 24, 1896

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  • The "Secret Society" and Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"
    Lesson Plan / Literature & Language Arts
    The "Secret Society" and Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"

    In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, "class struggle" is portrayed as an intensely personal affair, as much a tension within the mind of a single character as a conflict between characters. Students' own experience of the struggle to belong can provide a starting point for an exploration of the mixed emotions--jealousy, admiration, desire, resentment--that characterize main character Nick Caraway's attitude towards the "secret society" of wealthy Easterners. Other lesson activities also include a close study of the text and an examination of Fitzgerald's letters and other statements.

President Dwight Eisenhower addresses the nation about the crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas

September 24, 1957

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U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall born

September 24, 1755

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