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We the Peoples

We the Peoples

This week in history: a charter is signed in the name of post-war cooperation, and a realist learns he must turn the sail rather than the wind.

Posted by × October 22, 2014 ×

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A Bright Interlude

A Bright Interlude

This week in history: MLK wins the Nobel, John Brown raids Harpers Ferry, and Lincoln declares slavery immoral.

Posted by × October 14, 2014 ×

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When Modernism Was Modern

When Modernism Was Modern

This week in history: the publication of three 20th century novels which shook the world, and forever changed their authors.

Posted by × October 7, 2014 ×

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Babylon’s Rehearsals

Babylon’s Rehearsals

This week in history: Iraq is granted independence, placing 2,500 years of civilization into context.

Posted by × September 30, 2014 ×

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Being Supreme

Being Supreme

This week in history: America’s highest court debuts, and its first female judge takes her seat.

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

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An Audacious Proposition

An Audacious Proposition

This week in history: Magellan and the Mayflower set sail, inspiring stories of courage, exotica, and flying cows.

Posted by × September 16, 2014 ×

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Alphabet of Hope

Alphabet of Hope

This week in history: opportunities for millions of illiterate people worldwide, one library at a time.

Posted by × September 8, 2014 ×

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There is Power in a Union

There is Power in a Union

Reading the history of Labor Day, and of workers standing hand in hand.

Posted by × September 1, 2014 ×

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Freedom’s Barricades

Freedom’s Barricades

This week in literary history, an occupied city is freed: “Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated!”

Posted by × August 25, 2014 ×

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Fellow Criminals and Maniacs: August 18 – August 24

Fellow Criminals and Maniacs: August 18 – August 24

This week in literary history: a crime fiction icon passes, Benny goes down swinging, and Pete Rose gets ejected.

Posted by × August 18, 2014 ×

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The Tailors of Panama: August 11 – August 16

The Tailors of Panama: August 11 – August 16

This week in reading history: the Model T rolls out, a Master of Suspense is born, and a canal’s debut spells sea change.

Posted by × August 13, 2014 ×

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Green Means Go: August 5th – August 10th

Green Means Go: August 5th – August 10th

This week in literary history, from a raft ride through Polynesia to a trip to Thoreau’s cabin.

Posted by × August 6, 2014 ×

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Down and Out with Orwell

Down and Out with Orwell

June 25: Eric Blair was born on this day in 1903, becoming “George Orwell” with the 1933 publication of his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London.

Posted by × June 25, 2014 ×

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"But Yesterday a King!"

"But Yesterday a King!"

June 24: Napoleon crossed into Russia on this day in 1812, beginning the disastrous six-month invasion that became a turning point in the Napoleonic Wars.

Posted by × June 24, 2014 ×

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Steinbeck’s Discontent

Steinbeck’s Discontent

June 23: John Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent was published on this day in 1961.

Posted by × June 23, 2014 ×