News Display: Remembering Margret Rey, Monday, 12/21Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check the news postings on Learning at the Library, where you can delve into history.
Margret Rey (born Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein), wife of Hans A. Rey and co-creator of the "Curious George" children's books, died on December 21, 1996 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rey was a Bauhaus-educated photographer and journalist of German Jewish descent. She and her husband were childhood acquaintances, both born in Hamburg, and they left Nazi Germany where they met up fortuitously in Brazil. They married and worked together in Paris -- only to escape on bicycles, carrying their precious animal illustrations. The Reys pursued a new life in the United States, where they became beloved authors and illustrators whose work has been translated into multiple languages and continues to be read throughout the world.
On December 6, 1865, Abraham Lincoln's Fourth Annual Message to Congress was printed in the Congressional Globe, and the thirteenth amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified by Georgia, the last state necessary to move things forward; months after the end of the Civil War, this signifiant legislation served to abolish slavery, for it stipulated, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” The 13th Amendment was passed by the Congress on January 31, 1865 after a series of debates in the Congress that began in March 1864.
Be sure to check out the web guide, 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, on the Library of Congress site. It includes the full text, debates, and other important digital resources on the abolition of slavery.
Gustav Flaubert, influential French novelist and force behind literary realism, was born in Rouen on December 12, 1821. A surgeon's son, Flaubert intended to study law in Paris but left, suffering with epilepsy, to become a writer in a small town outside the city of his birth. He is best known for his novel, Madame Bovary (1856), which took five years to write and was serialized and published as a novel, bringing him to trial on charges of immorality. The novel tells the story of bourgeois life, following the affairs of a provincial, adulterous doctor's wife.
Flaubert is recognized as one of the great Western novelists, using perfect attention to detail in his writing, deep characterization, and elegance in describing simple, everyday life. His other works include include Salammbo (1862), an historical novel about ancient Carthage; Sentimental Education, about the July 1848 French uprising; and the collection Three Tales.
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