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Subject for September, 2001: American Biographies
Frederick Douglass |  Thomas Jefferson
Martin Luther King, Jr.
 |  Eleanor Roosevelt

 


A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass

For more information, go to Frederick Douglass in Depth

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. When was Frederick Douglass born?

February, 1818. Read more.

2. Did Frederick Douglass escape from slavery?
Yes. Read more.

3. What was the name of Frederick Douglass' autobiography?
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Read more.

4. What was the name of Frederick Douglass' newspaper?
The North Star. Read more.

5. Was Frederick Douglass a soldier in the Civil War?
No. Read more.

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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Slave: A person who is the property of another
Freedom: Liberty, being independent
Anti-slavery: Against slavery
Autobiography: A history of a person's life written by that person
Frederick Douglass' Paper: Another name for The North Star
Underground Railroad: A series of "safe houses" for runaway slaves on their way further north to freedom

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a. What was the name of the first newspaper Frederick Douglass worked for?
Liberator. Read more.

b. When did the Civil War begin?
April 12, 1861. Read more.

c. Why did Frederick Douglass choose the name Douglass?
He took the name from a character in the popular novel, The Lady of the Lake, by Sir Walter Scott.

d. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers will vary. Read more.

e. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about Frederick Douglass:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Boston African American NHS: Frederick Douglass
American Visionaries: Frederick Douglass
Autobiography: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson

For more information, go to Thomas Jefferson in Depth

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. When was Thomas Jefferson born?

April 13, 1743. Read more.

2. What is the name of Thomas Jefferson's home?
Monticello. Read more.

3. When did the American Revolutionary War begin?
April, 1775. Read more.

4. Did Thomas Jefferson help write the Declaration of Independence?
Yes. Read more.

5. In what year was Thomas Jefferson elected President of the United States?
1800. Read more.

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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Library of Congress: The national library of the United States, located in Washington, D.C.
Monticello: Thomas Jefferson's home, meaning "little mountain"
House of Burgesses: Virginia legislature
Continental Congress: One of two legislative assemblies governing the American colonies during the American Revolution
Treaty of Paris of 1783: Treaty ending the Revolutionary War
U.S. Constitution: The system of laws governing the United States

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a. What happened to over ten thousand of Thomas Jefferson's books?
They were sold to the United States Congress. Read more.

b. What position did Thomas Jefferson hold in President George Washington's cabinet?
Secretary of State. Read more.

c. On what day did Thomas Jefferson die?
July 4, 1826. Read more.

d. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers will vary. Read more.

e. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about Thomas Jefferson:
Thomas Jefferson Memorial (National Park Service)
Monticello: The Home of Thomas Jefferson
Biography (The White House)
Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson Biography (The White House)

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A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more information, go to Martin Luther King, Jr. in Depth

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. When was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. born?

January 15, 1929. Read more.

2. What college did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. attend?
Morehouse College. Read more.

3. Who did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marry?
Coretta Scott. Read more.

4. Who is Rosa Parks?
Rosa Parks, an African-American, was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, for sitting in the "White Only" section of a bus. Read more.

5. What was the March on Washington?
A march led by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963. Read more.

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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Civil Rights Movement: Efforts to win political, economic, and social equality for African-Americans in the United States
Segregation: Discriminating against a group, especially on the basis of race
Boycott: To abstain from buying or using, as a means of protest
Nobel Peace Prize: One of six prizes awarded annually for outstanding achievements for the promotion of peace
Discriminate: to make a distinction for or against a person on the basis of the group or class to which the person belongs
U.S. Supreme Court: The highest federal court in the United States

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a. What happened on April 4, 1968?
Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Read more.

b. When is the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday observed?
On the 3rd Monday of every January. Read more.

c. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers will vary. Read more.

d. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about Martin Luther King, Jr.:
The King Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation
Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University

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A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt

For more information, go to Eleanor Roosevelt in Depth

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. When was Eleanor Roosevelt born?

October 11, 1884. Read more.

2. What school did Eleanor Roosevelt attend?
Allenswood, a boarding school in England. Read more.

3. Who did Eleanor Roosevelt marry?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Read more.

4. What was Eleanor Roosevelt's motto?
"Tomorrow is now." Read more.

5. Who is Marian Anderson?
A singer who sang in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Read more.

6. Which United Nations Commission did Eleanor Roosevelt chair?
The Commission on Human Rights. Read more.

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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Political Campaign: Running for a political office
First Lady: The wife of the President of the United States
Great Depression: Severe economic depression afflicting the United States during the 1930's
Newspaper Column: An article in a newspaper appearing on a regular basis
United Nations: An international organization formed in 1945, to promote peace, security, and cooperation
Chairperson: A person who presides over a meeting or committee

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a. What happened on December 7, 1941?
The United States' Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked. Read more.

b. What happened on April 12, 1945?
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died. Read more.

c. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers will vary. Read more.

d. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about Eleanor Roosevelt:
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute
Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill
Eleanor Roosevelt Timeline
Eleanor Roosevelt (National Women's Hall of Fame)

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