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usnatarchivesexhibits:

Petition from Citizens of New York Asking that Slavery and the Slave-trade may be Expressly Prohibited by Act of Congress in all the Territories of the United States, 03/25/1851
Item from Records of the U.S. House of Representatives. (12/13/1825 - 1946)
This petition from a group of citizens of the state of New York asks that the institution of slavery as well as the slave-trade be prohibited by Congress in all US territories. The petition was submitted to Congress on March 25, 1851.
Source: http://go.usa.gov/DVCY

Featured in the new exhibit "Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures" now at the National Archives Museum!

todaysdocument:

usnatarchivesexhibits:

Petition from Citizens of New York Asking that Slavery and the Slave-trade may be Expressly Prohibited by Act of Congress in all the Territories of the United States, 03/25/1851

Item from Records of the U.S. House of Representatives. (12/13/1825 - 1946)

This petition from a group of citizens of the state of New York asks that the institution of slavery as well as the slave-trade be prohibited by Congress in all US territories. The petition was submitted to Congress on March 25, 1851.

Source: http://go.usa.gov/DVCY

Featured in the new exhibit "Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures" now at the National Archives Museum!

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theatlantic:

Lincoln and Darwin Were Both Born On This Date, 205 Years Ago

February 12 was a big day in 1809. Abraham Lincoln was born in a wild Kentucky; Charles Darwin was born in a refined Shrewsbury, Shropshire. One man held together the Union. The other developed a theory that resonates through the sciences and beyond to this day. While it’s often difficult to unspool the impacts that individuals have on the world, it seems fair to say that these two minds did something consequential on this rock. 
And in a 2009 essay, writer Adam Gopnik tried to get at the shared method of their influence.
“The deepest common stuff the two men share, though,” Gopnik says, “is in what they said and wrote—their mastery of a new kind of liberal language.”
“Darwin’s work remains probably the only book that changed science that an amateur can still sit down now and read right through,” he continues. “It’s so well written that we don’t think of it as well written, just as Lincoln’s speeches are so well made that they seem to us as obvious and natural as smooth stones on the beach.
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Today I read Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” with my students.  Think it is so appropriate in so many ways to connect these two to that poem. 

theatlantic:

Lincoln and Darwin Were Both Born On This Date, 205 Years Ago

February 12 was a big day in 1809. Abraham Lincoln was born in a wild Kentucky; Charles Darwin was born in a refined Shrewsbury, Shropshire. One man held together the Union. The other developed a theory that resonates through the sciences and beyond to this day. While it’s often difficult to unspool the impacts that individuals have on the world, it seems fair to say that these two minds did something consequential on this rock. 

And in a 2009 essay, writer Adam Gopnik tried to get at the shared method of their influence.

The deepest common stuff the two men share, though,” Gopnik says, “is in what they said and wrote—their mastery of a new kind of liberal language.”

Darwin’s work remains probably the only book that changed science that an amateur can still sit down now and read right through,” he continues. “It’s so well written that we don’t think of it as well written, just as Lincoln’s speeches are so well made that they seem to us as obvious and natural as smooth stones on the beach.

Read more.

Today I read Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” with my students.  Think it is so appropriate in so many ways to connect these two to that poem. 

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audrillance:

Let me just say that I think you should all go see Short Term 12. It was a remarkable, beautiful, captivating film, and I really can’t adequately describe it to you. You have to experience it yourself. But I saw it tonight with a Q&A with the director, music composer, and the executive producer afterwards and just.. wow. So many tears. 

Cup of light.

Cup of light.

explore-blog:

Oscar Wilde on art – fantastic, timeless read circa 1891

explore-blog:

Oscar Wilde on art – fantastic, timeless read circa 1891

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“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart”

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Anne Frank

Anne Frank was born today in 1929. This quote is from her diary, “The Diary of a Young Girl” which was written while her family was in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. She died in 1945 and her diary was published in 1947 by her father, Otto Frank. You can get a copy of her diary at the library. 

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This was my senior quote when I graduated high school in the yearbook. :)

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The Project Begins…

Testing out using more social media for my students’ Huck Finn project.  They are chronicling different characters’ moral dilemmas on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook, and interacting with one another. They are also challenged to write in dialect.  Hope it is a good learning experience for them! You may come across some of these crazy posts!

I have to say, even though I know I am biased, I truly do have the loveliest daughter in the world.  She is such a beautiful person inside and out.

a-starkid-in-the-tardis:

Merry Christmas book nerds everywhere!

a-starkid-in-the-tardis:

Merry Christmas book nerds everywhere!

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