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Ella Fitzgerald, "first lady of song," born

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Willa Cather dies

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English writer Charlotte Bronte is born

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Civil War begins at Fort Sumter in Charleston, SC

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Billie Holiday born

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Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston.

American Masters: Zora Neale Hurston

American Masters' "Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun"  offers an introduction to the writer many consider the pre-eminent African American woman novelist of her generation. The American Masters website provides a career timeline, photographs, and additional footage from the film. An important letter from Hurston to the poet Countee Cullen on race relations in America is also included as are links to related websites. 

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Congress adopts the 19th Amendment

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