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April 16, 1963 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Writes One of Our Great Pieces of Literature: “Letter From a Birmingham Jail”

In the spring of 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama, the notoriously violent segregationist police commissioner “Bull” Connor and Police Chief Jamie Moore got an injunction against all demonstrations from a state court. As Time Magazine reported, “King announced that he would … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: Over the River and Through the Wood With Lydia Maria Child

Lydia Maria Francis Child, born February 11, 1802, was an American abolitionist, women’s rights activist, opponent of American expansionism, Indian rights activist, novelist, and a journalist. Despite her many accomplishments and courageous political activities that were way before her time, … Continue reading

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February 15, 1564 – Beginning of Galileo and End of A Cramped Perspective

On this day in history, Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy. In a number of carefully reasoned treatises, Galileo provided evidence that the earth was not in fact the center of the universe. He knocked epistemology, theology, history, as … Continue reading

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December 15, 1939 – Atlanta Premiere of “Gone With the Wind”

This date in 2014 marked the 75th Anniversary of the Atlanta, Georgia premiere of the movie “Gone With The Wind.” The book from which this movie was derived was, and remains, one of the most widely read and influential books … Continue reading

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Review of “John Marshall: The Chief Justice Who Saved The Union” by Harlow Giles Unger

Unger takes the interesting approach of illuminating the contributions of John Marshall to the protection and preservation of the Constitution by describing the many ways in which Thomas Jefferson sought to subvert it. This book will educate readers about the … Continue reading

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