It’s Tuesday Tea at the Library! This week: remembering the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass at the Library of Congress.
Tuesday is Books & Libraries Day at the River Houses. Take a few homeschool minutes today to explore a collection of materials from the Library of Congress on the life and work of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895). The Library’s online exhibit honors Black History Month and the 200th anniversary of Douglass’s birth.
Born into slavery in Maryland, Frederick Douglass escaped to the North and become one of the leading abolitionists and anti-slavery writers of nineteenth-century America. The Library of Congress contains a wide range of Douglass materials, including the selection presented and described in this online exhibit:
- African-American History Month: Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass! (blogs.loc.gov/loc/2018/02/african-american-history-month-happy-birthday-frederick-douglass).
What are you going to discover at your library this week?
¶ Explore more: For a quick review of the Civil War era in which Frederick Douglass lived and worked (including a graphic image of battle casualties perhaps not suitable for children), turn to pages 314–315 in your River Houses history encyclopedia (riverhouses.org/books).
¶ Books in the running brooks: The sidebar on the River Houses website (riverhouses.org) has links to several important online library collections that we like to explore. The WorldCat Library Finder will help you find all the libraries in your local area, and WorldCat itself (worldcat.org) will help you locate the nearest copy of any book of your choice.