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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

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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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