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"It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle."

—John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932) American writer, Rabbit, Run, Rabbit at Rest

 

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American History

Jump Back in Time
Listen to America's Story: The founding of a new nation, the war that tore our country in two, the great war that shook the world, and the voyage to the moon.

African-Americans in History
See the vital role that African-Americans have played in shaping America's history and culture; from Booker T. Washington to Colin Powell.

African-American History
Explore current and past African American issues such as slavery, the million-man march, and discrimination.

PBS Way Back When
Remember when camping out of your car was a vacation, or when Miami Beach was an avocado farm? Neither do I, but some people do.

Not for Ourselves Alone
If you could write the Bill of Rights what would they be? See what other kids had to say. Also learn about the day in the life of an African-American, a Native American, an Irish Immigrant and more.

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