" Two people, when they love each other, grow alike in their tastes and habits and pride, but their moral natures ... are never welded. The base one goes on being base, and the noble one noble, to the end. "
Willa Cather

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Nine-Year-Old Cynthia Ann Parker Kidnapped by Comanches

Parker was a young girl when Comanches raided Fort Parker—located in what is now Texas—and massacred its inhabitants, capturing her in the process. Raised by her captors, she was adopted into the tribe and went on to bear the last great Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. At first, Quanah led raids on frontier settlements, but after his defeat and surrender, he learned to live alongside his white neighbors and eventually became the richest Native American in the US. What became of his mother?



Installation Art

The 1960s and 70s ushered in a period of radical experimentation that touched many aspects of popular culture, particularly contemporary art. During that time, happenings, the Fluxus movement, the conceptual art movement, and installation art—site-specific art incorporating materials or physical features from its environment—all emerged on the scene. Which 19th-century composer developed a multimedia art form that can be seen as a precursor to the modern installation art movement?

Born on a day like today


Lorraine Hansberry

At just 29 years of age, African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry secured her place in theatrical history when she became the first black woman to have a play produced on Broadway. Her acclaimed A Raisin in the Sun, a penetrating psychological study of a working-class African-American family in Chicago, was inspired in part by the discrimination and legal battle Hansberry's own family faced upon buying a home in a white Chicago neighborhood. Whose poem gave rise to the play's title?

Last updated on Monday, 20th May 2013

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