December 2

President James Monroe declares “Monroe Doctrine”

December 2, 1823

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Abolitionist John Brown hanged

December 2, 1859

Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz born

December 2, 1648

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  • Sor Juana, the Poet: The Sonnets
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    Sor Juana, the Poet: The Sonnets

    Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a major literary figure and the first great Latin American poet, is a product of el Siglo de Oro Español (Spanish Golden Age). In this lesson students will analyze two of Sor Juana’s sonnets: “A su retrato” and “En perseguirme, Mundo, ¿qué interesas?” in their original language of publication.

British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in NYC

December 2, 1867

Statue of Freedom set atop the Capitol Dome in Washington DC

December 2, 1863

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