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Daily Video for June 5 – Lizzie Borden on Trial

TODAY IN HISTORY…

The Trial of Lizzie Borden Begins

On June 5, 1893, the trial of Lizzie Borden, accused of killing her father and stepmother with an axe in their Fall River, Massachusetts home, begins.  The fifteen day trial, heavily covered in the nation’s newspapers at the time, becomes one of the earliest examples of a media frenzy over court proceedings in the United States.

While she will be acquitted by the jury on June 20 (after an hour and a half deliberation), Lizzie remains to this day the prime suspect in the still technically unsolved murder.

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Photo Prompt

Daily Photo (5/19/20) – Concealed Identity

Photo — “COncealed Identity, 1952”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

1952. “A witness with identity concealed gives evidence in court on narcotics traffic. Washington State, April 1952.”

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On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 18, 2020!

MAY 18, 2020

Today is:

I Love Reese’s Day

International Museum Day

National No Dirty Dishes Day

 National Cheese Souffle Day

 Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

MATTHEW BRADY (c1822-1896) — American photography pioneer.  Most famous for his presidential portraits and  Civil War photography.
NICHOLAS II of RUSSIA (1868-1918) — Last Tsar of the Russian Empire.  Forced to abdicate during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
FRANK CAPRA  (1897-1991) — Italian-American film director, winner of three Academy Awards. Best known for It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It’s a Wonderful Life.
POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II  (1920-2005) — Head of the Catholic Church from 1978-2005, the second longest reign in history.  Canonized as a saint in 2014.
GEORGE STRAIT (1952) — American country singer-songwriter, actor, and producer.  Dubbed the “King of Country”
TINA FEY  (1970) — American actress, comedian, author & producer (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1652 – Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America declaring slavery illegal.
1804 Napoleon Bonaparte is declared the Emperor of France by the French Senate, becoming Napoleon I.
1860 – Abraham Lincoln becomes the Republican Party’s nominee for President, over William Seward who will later become his Secretary of State.
1896 – The US Supreme Court rules in the Plessy v. Ferguson case that the doctrine of “separate but equal” is constitutional.
1980 Mount Saint Helens erupts in Washington State, killing 57 people and causing over $3 billion in damage.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 1, 2020!

APRIL 1, 2020

Today is:


Edible Book Day — Make a book out of food and dig in!

National Walking Day — Lace up and go for a walk for at least 30 minutes

National One Cent Day — Fish around in your pocket and celebrate the humble penny!

 

Happy Birthday!

OTTO VON BISMARCK (1815-1898) — Chancellor of the German Empire
LON CHANEY (1883-1930) — American silent Horror film actor
SAMUEL ALITO, JR. (1950) — Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court
RACHEL MADDOW (1973) — American journalist & political commentator

TODAY IN HISTORY

1789 – The US House of Representatives meets for the first time in New York City, electing Representative  Frederick Muhlenberg (PA) as Speaker.
1891 – The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois
1960 Dr. Marten’s releases its fist boots, the Model 1460.
1970 – President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General’s warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertising on television and radio in the United States.
2004 – Google first makes Gmail accessible to the public.
February 2020, Nonfiction

Accused! by Larry Dane Brimner

Accused!: The Trials of the Scottsboro Boys: Lies, Prejudice, and the Fourteenth Amendment by Larry Dane Brimner. October 15, 2019. Calkins Creek, 189 p. ISBN: 9781629797755.  Int Lvl: YA; Rdg Lvl: YA.

This chilling and harrowing account tells the story of the Scottsboro Boys, nine African-American teenagers who, when riding the rails during the Great Depression, found their lives destroyed after two white women falsely accused them of rape. Award-winning author Larry Dane Brimner explains how it took more than eighty years for their wrongful convictions to be overturned.

In 1931, nine teenagers were arrested as they traveled on a train through Scottsboro, Alabama. The youngest was thirteen, and all had been hoping to find something better at the end of their journey. But they never arrived. Instead, two white women falsely accused them of rape. The effects were catastrophic for the young men, who came to be known as the Scottsboro Boys. Being accused of raping a white woman in the Jim Crow south almost certainly meant death, either by a lynch mob or the electric chair. The Scottsboro boys found themselves facing one prejudiced trial after another, in one of the worst miscarriages of justice in U.S. history. They also faced a racist legal system, all-white juries, and the death penalty. Noted Sibert Medalist Larry Dane Brimner uncovers how the Scottsboro Boys spent years in Alabama’s prison system, enduring inhumane conditions and torture. The extensive back matter includes an author’s note, bibliography, index, and further resources and source notes.

Potentially Sensitive Areas: Discrimination, Mild language, Racism

 

Reviews

Booklist starred (September 1, 2019 (Vol. 116, No. 1))
Grades 9-12. Brimner, who won the 2018 Sibert Award for his book Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961, now looks at the case of the Scottsboro boys, nine black teenagers who were arrested and falsely accused of raping two white women in 1931. The teenagers were riding the rails, hoping to find work in Alabama. Instead, they got into a fight with some white boys and were arrested when the train was stopped. But the fight wasn’t the only trouble they found—two white women who had been aboard the train accused them of rape. Brimner has his work cut out for himself in telling this complicated story. There are numerous accounts from defendants, witnesses, and lawyers; the perspective switches between the accused young men, who at times turn on each other; and the story contains important political and social elements, including an exploration of racism and the willingness of a Communist organization to defend the nine to promote its ideology. Not all the plates are kept in the air, but Brimner gives the narrative both heft and heart. The book’s design uses black-and-white photos to good advantage. A solid look at a noteworthy event that touched upon many aspects of U.S. society.

Kirkus Reviews starred (August 15, 2019)
Brimner (Blacklisted!, 2018, etc.) revisits the history of injustice in America. Brimner has extensively researched the heartbreaking story of the suffering and stolen futures of nine African American teens falsely accused of the rape of two white women in Alabama in 1931, laying all the facts on the table in a concise, gripping volume. The engaging, easy-to-follow text will draw readers into a historical account that mirrors many of today’s headlines. Ultimately, it took over 80 years for justice to finally be served for these young men; they were not fully exonerated until 2013. In the meantime, they were nearly lynched, attacked and beaten by guards, and faced execution. Even after they were released from prison, their lives were ruined, and they were never able to fully recover. The text is enhanced with primary sources including photos, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and court documents that give readers a sense of immediacy. The author’s note provides context about the enduring impact of the trials. This volume stands as a reminder to readers that lies have consequences and that no matter how long it takes, “We need to right the wrongs that have been done in the past.” The parallels between the perils the Scottsboro Boys endured and current news stories show the continued relevance of this history, making this a must-have for both school and public libraries. Engaging and historically accurate; highly recommended. (author’s note, bibliography, source notes, index, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 13-adult)

About the Author

Larry Dane Brimner is the recipient of the 2018 Robert F. Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book for children for his title Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961. He is known for his well-researched, innovative, and award-winning nonfiction for young readers, and is the author of multiple acclaimed civil rights titles, including Strike!: The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights; and Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor.

His website is www.brimner.com.

Teacher Resources

Scottsboro Boys Lesson Plan

Around the Web

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Accused! Publisher Page

Nonfiction, November 2019

Gun Violence by Matt Doeden

Gun Violence: Fighting for Our Lives and Our Rights by Matt Doeden. October 1, 2019. Twenty-First Century Books, 112 p. ISBN: 9781541555549.  Int Lvl: YA; Rdg Lvl: YA; Lexile: 1080.

In early 2018, teen-led March for Our lives events across the United States protested gun violence, demanded change to save lives, and registered voters toward that end. This authoritative exploration of guns, gun violence, and gun control explores the Second Amendment, the history of guns and gun laws in the United States, legal restrictions to gun ownership, and the devastation of mass shootings. Through an objective look at individual versus collective rights, readers will be able to offer well-informed answers to questions such as should young people own assault rifles? What about terrorists and the mentally ill? Read the book to make an informed argument and support your point of view.

Potentially Sensitive Areas: Violence, including discussion of mass shootings

 

Reviews

Booklist (September 1, 2019 (Vol. 116, No. 1))
Grades 9-12. Accounts of gun violence, particularly in the U.S., are too often news headlines these days, and in their wake come polarized debates over gun control. This is especially true of mass shootings that number children and young adults among their victims. While examining escalating gun violence and mass shootings, Doeden presents a balanced approach to the debates concerning gun control and differing interpretations of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. He offers the perspectives and arguments from one side and immediately follows with the other, raising tough questions on both fronts. This structure effectively allows readers to consider the merits of the pro and con arguments. After giving the historical background of the Second Amendment, Doeden integrates dates and statistics into accounts of shootings from Columbine to 2018. Captioned color photographs, maps, diagrams, and special features provide enhancements (and breaks) in the text. Back matter offers a multitude of resources: a time line, chapter-by-chapter source notes, bibliography, and further information that includes books, films, and websites. A timely resource for young adults.

Kirkus Reviews (August 1, 2019)
This compact introduction confronts head-on the highly controversial issue of gun ownership in the United States. Examining how gun ownership became a way of life in the Colonies, which in turn paved the way for the Second Amendment, this volume presents both the historical context for and contemporary concerns surrounding gun ownership. As gun technology became more compact and sophisticated, and automatic weapons became standard issue for organized crime, it became clear that some control was needed. However, legislative attempts in the 1930s and ’60s failed to stop gun violence. Subsequent years saw the rise of powerful gun lobbies such as the National Rifle Association and legislation that further protected the rights of individuals to use firearms for self-defense. Single-page features describe specific mass shootings as well as the murder of Trayvon Martin. The author reviews statistics to analyze the impact of gun legislation on civilian safety, among other subjects. One tremendous oversight in a guide focusing heavily on current events is the lack of mention of public outcry around police shootings of black and Indigenous people or the Black Lives Matter movement. Stock photographs predominantly portray white mourners and victims of gun violence, while a photo illustrating gun sales without background checks features a black customer, possibly sending an unintended message to readers A detailed analysis of America’s gun culture that unfortunately omits important context around racial bias. (timeline, glossary, source notes, selected bibliography, further information, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 13-18)

About the Author

Matt Doeden was born in southern Minnesota and lived parts of his childhood in Golden Valley, Minnesota, and Madison, Minnesota. He studied journalism at Mankato State University, where he worked at the college newspaper for three years. In his senior year, he served as the paper’s Sports Editor, which put him in charge of the entire sports section, the sports writers, and the photographers. He covered mostly college sports, but also the Minnesota Vikings, who held training camp at MSU.

His work allowed him to meet and interview people like Dennis Green, Cris Carter, Robert Smith, and more. Matt went on to work as a sports writer for the Mankato paper, and then he got a job as an editor with a small children’s publisher called Capstone Press, and in 2003 he decided to start his own business as a freelance writer and editor.

Since then, Matt has written and edited hundreds of books. Lots of them are on high-interest topics like cars, sports, and airplanes. He also writes and edits on geography, science, and even math.

Around the Web

Gun Violence on Amazon

Gun Violence on Barnes and Noble

Gun Violence on Goodreads

Gun Violence on LibraryThing

Gun Violence Publisher Page