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Re-discovering America’s Popular Poet: Carl Sandburg

Chicago skyline at dawn
“I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun. . . . I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.” —Carl Sandburg interview with Frederick Van Ryn, This Week Magazine (January 1953)Ask your students to recall the last time they heard a poet read from their work on television or the Internet. Chances are they won’t be able to remember such a time, in the media or anywhere.Read More »
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Celebrating Studs Terkel – Interviewer of America

Photograph of Studs Terkel during one of the Bughouse Square Debates of the past
“I want people to talk to one another no matter what their difference of opinion might be.”—Studs TerkelNo one captured oral history like Studs Terkel. He was a one-of-a-kind radio show personality, a fixture in Chicago broadcasting, where he held court at WFMT for four and half decades, from 1952 to 1997, engaging in conversation with some of the greatest minds and artistic lights of the 20th century.Read More »
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Questing after the American Dream: “A Raisin in the Sun”

Photo of a scene from the play A Raisin in the Sun 1959
“Seems like God don't see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams—but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worthwhile.” —A Raisin in the Sun  Read More »
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Carl Sandburg: Chicago’s poet

Wabash Ave north from Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois, 1900
Ask your students to recall the last time they heard a poet reading a poem on TV. They might mention watching the last presidential inauguration, or perhaps a televised poetry reading at last summer’s Olympic Games. Most likely, though, they won’t be able to remember a time when they heard a poet anywhere, let alone on television.Read More »
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A Raisin in the Sun: A Milestone in American Theatre

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, premiered on Broadway on this day March 11th 1959. Never before had so much of the truth of black people’s lives been seen onstage.—James BaldwinRead More »