News Display: First Volume of Little Women Is Published, Wednesday, 9/30

Wednesday, 9/30

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  • First Volume of Little Women Is Published, Wednesday, 9/30
  • Little Women: or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy (Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1868), is Louisa May Alcott's first bestseller, beloved children's classic, and semi-autobiographical account of childhood in Concord, Massachusetts. The first volume of Alcott's novel was published on September 30, 1868, with a run of 2,0000 copies, and its immediate success prompted Alcott to write the second volume, Good Wives (1869), which was afterwards published together with Little Women. Sequels successfully followed: Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys (1871) and Jo's Boys: and How They Turned Out: A Sequel to "Little Men" (1886). This newspaper exhibit showcases the life and literary career of one of America's best-known authors, Louisa May Alcott, also known by her nom de plume, A. M. Barnard.
  • Fall of the Western Roman Empire, Friday, 9/4
  • On September 4th, 476, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, Romulus Augustus, was deposed by the German warrior, Flavius Odoacer, who declared himself King of Italy. Odacer's crowning signified the decline of the original Roman Empire which was concentrated in Italy. Our news display will provide an overview of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, central to our understanding of world history.
  • New Amsterdam Becomes New York, Tuesday, 9/8
  • Did you know that in September, 1664 Governor Peter Stuyvesant surrendered New Amsterdam, the capital of New Netherland, to an English naval squadron? That New Amsterdam's name was changed to New York in honor of James, the Duke of York -- with a lasting impact of multiculturalism in New York City? We will feature articles about the development of New York City, including its early Dutch and English influences. For original documentation, see the Surrender of New Netherland, 1664, from the Gilder Leherman Institute of American History.
  • Steinbeck Earns Medal of Freedom, Monday, 9/14
  • On September 14, 1964, the prolific American author John Steinbeck, winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The medal, which is the highest civilian award, recognizes individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". News will highlight John Steinbeck's literary works and achievements, including the Medal of Freedom and other high honors.
  • Lincoln Proclaims Emancipation, Tuesday, 9/22
  • On September 22, 1862, President Lincoln announced that slaves within rebellious areas of the United States would be free within 100 days. It would be another three years before slavery was abolished, with the passage of the Thirteen Amendment -- but, not until the 1950s, that the African-American Civil Rights Movement would serve to ensure equal rights for citizens. We will trace the history and impact of the Emancipation Proclamation with select news stories. Be sure to see the National Archives for the original Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863.

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