1. Equality: "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut

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    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007) was born and raised in Indianapolis and later left college to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II. He spent time as a German prisoner of war and won a Purple…

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    • First Among Equals: George Washington and the American Presidency

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      What So Proudly We Hail editors Amy A. Kass, Leon R. Kass, and Diana Schaub are joined by Richard Brookhiser (author, "George Washington on Leadership"), Harvey Mansfield (Harvard University) and…

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      • Cather: Why does Lyon Hartwell return to live and work in Paris?

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        Willa Sibert Cather (1873-1947), one of America’s most beloved authors, is best known for her novels depicting the lives of people who settled the American heartland and the Southwest: O! Pioneers,…

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        • Making One Out of Many: "The Namesake," by Willa Cather

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          Willa Sibert Cather (1873-1947), one of America’s most beloved authors, is best known for her novels depicting the lives of people who settled the American heartland and the Southwest: O! Pioneers,…

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          • Cather: Describe Lyon Hartwell. How does he appear to his young American admirers, and why?

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            Willa Sibert Cather (1873-1947), one of America’s most beloved authors, is best known for her novels depicting the lives of people who settled the American heartland and the Southwest: O! Pioneers,…

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            • Cather: What picture of America—and presented in what manner and spirit—does Hartwell offer in his statues?

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              Willa Sibert Cather (1873-1947), one of America’s most beloved authors, is best known for her novels depicting the lives of people who settled the American heartland and the Southwest: O! Pioneers,…

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              • Cather: What is the meaning of the title? Who or what is a “namesake”?

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                Willa Sibert Cather (1873-1947), one of America’s most beloved authors, is best known for her novels depicting the lives of people who settled the American heartland and the Southwest: O! Pioneers,…

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                • Cather: Why is Lyon Hartwell so attracted by the portrait of his namesake?

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                  Willa Sibert Cather (1873-1947), one of America’s most beloved authors, is best known for her novels depicting the lives of people who settled the American heartland and the Southwest: O! Pioneers,…

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                  • Cather: What happens to Hartwell on the night of Memorial Day? What does he learn about himself?

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                    Willa Sibert Cather (1873-1947), one of America’s most beloved authors, is best known for her novels depicting the lives of people who settled the American heartland and the Southwest: O! Pioneers,…

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                    • National Identity: "The Man without a Country" by Edward Everett Hale

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                      It is probably no accident that Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) was a life-long American patriot. He was the nephew of Edward Everett, renowned orator and statesman. And his father, Nathan Hale, was…

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