135 Years of ‘Huckleberry Finn’

135 Years of ‘Huckleberry Finn’

“Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better.” – Goodreads  Image Via Time Mark Twain (real name Samuel Langhorne Clemens), was born on Nov. 30th in the small town of Florida, MO as the sixth child to John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens. When Samuel was twelve, his father died of pneumonia, and Samuel was forced to leave school to become a printer’s apprentice. Samuel found his enjoyment of writing when he began working for Orion’s newspaper as a printer and editorial assistant. By the …

Ta-Nehisi Coates Promises These 5 Civil War Books Will Make You Smarter

Ta-Nehisi Coates Promises These 5 Civil War Books Will Make You Smarter

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Ta-Nehisi Coates continues his war against anti-smart people. He is, after all, a MacArthur ‘Genius’—they don’t like being called that. Having written National Book Award-winner Between the World and Me and groundbreaking essay ‘The Case for Reparations,’ Coates is now providing the public with a reading list to help them become less stupid re: the American Civil War.   Coates’ area of expertise lies in the history of discrimination against people of color in the United States. The swell of ignorance surrounding watershed moments in civil rights (namely the Civil War) has forced Coates to hand readers his well of …

Librarian Stumbles Upon Live Civil War Ammo

Librarian Stumbles Upon Live Civil War Ammo

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Seasoned librarian Abby Noland has likely seen many improbable things over the course of her career, but we can probably assume that a live Civil War-era artillery shell was never one of them.    The Massachusetts librarian was embarking on her first day of work at the Gleason Public Library when she found a bin at the bottom of her closet. Inside the bin were several rusting shells and a note informing her that an expert had surmised that the shells could, theoretically, explode any minute.    Image courtesy of The Boston Globe   Nolan quickly called the police, who …