On September 10, 1776, General George Washington sought volunteers to gather intelligence about the British military behind enemy lines. Captain Nathan Hale agreed to serve as a spy and undertook a reconnaissance mission for two weeks before he was captured and executed by the British.
June 24, 2013
As we near the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, much less attention has been given to the man whose oration at Gettysburg was actually considered the main event. History seems to have long forgotten famed orator Edward Everett’s two hour speech, despite his status as the featured speaker for the commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg.
October 5, 2012
As we celebrate Columbus Day this weekend (read our history of the holiday, here), take a look at this poem by Edward Everett Hale that provides a great example of how to use poetry and literature to teach about the American holidays.