Shakespeare? It’s in the DNA

Are you old enough to remember when floppy disks were actually floppy? Or maybe when disks were 3″ wide? (Yes, kids, that’s what that little icon to “save” your work to your hard drives and flash drives represents, a hard little disk that held approximately two Word files or a half a dozen pictures (but not at…

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From Seneca Falls, to Selma, to Stonewall: The Rhetoric of President Obama’s Inaugural Address

Watching President Obama get sworn in for his second term, I was struck by one particular phrase: “From Seneca Falls, to Selma, to Stonewall.”  The literature person in me loves the alliteration; the historian, the immediate images those three places bring to mind: the bravery and determination of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and later, the Suffragettes;…

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