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February 10, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Du Bois Homesite

DuBois W.E.B. Du Bois, who lived in a now demolished house on this site during his boyhood, was a voice that inspired African Americans to believe in themselves and to fight for justice. Du Bois felt a special bond to the Great Barrington property, which had been in his family for more than 200 years. The property was given to Du Bois as a 60th birthday gift in 1928. In the “House of the Black Burghardts” (1928) Du Bois recalled his family’s ancestral home upon the Egremont Plain. First purchased by his maternal great grandfather, Jackson Burghardt in 1795, the site remained within Du Bois’ family for six generations. The homesite and the immediate land surrounding it was a veritable community of intergenerational, free, land owning African Americans.

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On This Day:
  • Alexander S. Pushkin (Алекса́ндр Серге́евич Пу́шкин), Russian poet, short story writer, and dramatist (Eugene Onegin, The Captain's Daughter, Boris Godunov, Ruslan and Ludmila), dies at age 37, 1837
  • Jacques Offenbach's opera, The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d'Hoffmann), premieres in Paris, 1881
  • On this day, The New York Times (NYT), an American daily newspaper, begins using the slogan, "All the News That's Fit to Print", printed in a box in the upper right hand corner of the front page, 1897
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author of children's historical novels (Little House series, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake), and named to the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award list 1958, dies at age 90, 1957
  • IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue" defeats chess champion Garry Kasparov for the first time, 1996
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  • William Allen White (1868-1944), American journalist, writer, nationally-known publisher and editor of The Emporia Gazette
  • Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, stage director, and poet (The Threepenny Opera, Mother Courage and Her Children)
  • Leontyne Price (b. 1927), American opera soprano, best known for her Verdi roles
  • Vernor Vinge (b. 1944), popular American author of science fiction novels
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