Five on a Friday: A month of birthdays

Five on a Friday: A month of birthdays

In American history, February is a month full of big of birthdays. On Monday, the US celebrated President’s Day. The federal holiday commemorating George Washington’s birthday is observed every third Monday of February (sometimes locally held in conjunction with that of Abraham Lincoln). Mount Vernon created an interactive timeline chronicling the fascinating history of the holiday.

This year, however, marked the 200th anniversary of arguably one of the most influential figures in American history: Frederick Douglass. In 1818,¬†Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery on a plantation in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Although Douglass never knew his real birthday, he often remarked that he chose to celebrate on 14 February–Valentine’s Day–because his mother referred to him as “her little Valentine.”

Happy Birthday, Mr. Douglass!

So, in honor of Douglass’s birthday and in the spirit of Black History Month, here are five fresh links for your Friday reading pleasure:


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