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Elizabeth Keckly was a remarkable woman who was born into slavery in 1818 just south of the major market center of Petersburg, Virginia. She learned her craft—sewing—from her mother, who was an expert seamstress enslaved in the Burwell family. When Reverend Burwell, Keckly’s master and half-brother (they shared a father) relocated to Hillsborough, North Carolina, in 1832, she soon followed. Six years later, Anna Burwell, Keckly’s mistress, started a school for young girls in the family home, with an already over-worked Keckly charged as the sole servant.
Slave narratives are a unique American literary genre in which former slaves tell about their lives in slavery and how they acquired their freedom. Henry “Box” Brown escaped from slavery by having himself shipped in a crate (hence, the nickname “Box”) from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1849.
"Aunt Chloe" is a character created by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, a 19th-century literary phenomenon who expressed her social and political views through poetry, novels, short stories, and speeches.
When Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs, especially the war on poverty and civil rights legislation, dominated most of the domestic agenda and the Vietnam War was being escalated abroad, the nation’s lawmakers and the president established a federal agency exclusively devoted to supporting the humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This Launchpad uses the freely available Walter Lowrie translation of Fear and Trembling to introduce students to the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard.