The Gold Bug

Inspired by the real-life click beetle, Poe’s story, The Gold Bug, impresses on the reader the stress that wealth can often have upon humans. William Legrand and his servant,...

Some Words with a Mummy

One of Edgar Allen Poe’s more lighthearted stories, this details the investigation of a mummy named Allamistakeo. After finding the body of the mummy in good condition, the...

Manuscript Found in a Bottle

Poe’s characters often take turns for the worse, and this is the literal case in this shipwreck story by the author. Aboard a ship taking off from Indonesia, the narrator’s...

National Thanksgiving Proclamation

The act of dedicating a time to be thankful preceded the Thanksgiving holiday. It even preceded what most think of as the “First Thanksgiving” in Plymouth. This act became an...

Education and Citizenship

Mark Twain delivered this speech at the dedication of new buildings at the College of the City of New York. The mayor who preceded him mentioned that good citizenship should take...

License of the Press

With this biting speech, Mark Twain dissects the damaging role newspapers can play in society. He argues that America’s public opinion is formed “by a horde of ignorant,...

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

These infamous words closed the impassioned speech Patrick Henry delivered at the Second Virginia Convention in 1775. With this speech, he persuaded the convention to mobilize...

Theoretical Morals

A master of wit and wry humor on the page, Mark Twain also gained acclaim as a speaker throughout his literary career. Twain delivered this address on theoretical morality vs....

Jim Bridger: Founder of Bridger Wyoming and Famous Indian Fighter

Jim Bridger was a famous frontiersman in the Rockies whose legacy extended beyond the wilderness he explored. The legends of his life inspired countless western stories, this one...

Jim Bridger, “The Grand Old Man of the Rockies”

Jim Bridger was a legendary frontiersman of the western United States c. 1820-1850. In addition to being a skilled outdoorsman, he was also an expert mediator. Bridger helped...

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