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New Administration: The Presidential Agenda
President Obama urged Americans on February 24 “to see the economic crisis as reason to raise [their] ambitions, calling for expensive new efforts to address energy, health care and education even as he warned that government bailouts have not come to an end.” (NYT article, Feb. 25, 2009)

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
In commemoration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 1809, we decided to devote a page to the 16th President of the United States. We hope the information listed will help you and your students to explore the life and times of one of the United States’ extraordinary presidents.

Literature: Toni Morrison
When the New York Times asked Barack Obama to provide a list of books and writers that were significant to him, he included Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and writings by Abraham Lincoln. Being great fans of Ms. Morrison’s literary work ourselves and in light of African-American History Month we would like to introduce the author’s latest novel to you.


Send us a short paragraph on your favorite Toni Morrison novel and receive a copy of A Mercy. We will choose from all entries and send books to 3 lucky winners.

In Focus: National African-American History Month March 2009
National African-American History Month celebrates the contributions that African-Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and aims to deepen the understanding of the history of the United States.

Blogs at
First 100 Days will follow President Obama's initiatives and policy directions. We'll look at new presidential orders, policies on the economy, alternative energy and foreign affairs, and his use of new media. We’ll review the new president's progress and governing style, take a look at the challenges of governing the U.S., and keep you informed about the fun moments as well.
Dreams of Edgar Allan Poe - A special online publication marking the poet’s 200th birthday.


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Updated: February 2009