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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Council, urged the use of nonviolent means of protest in the fight for recognition of the civil rights of African Americans. In these excerpts from his April 16, 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” he defends nonviolent direct action such as marches and sit-ins as the surest means to “open the door to negotiation.”
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Life on the Frontier

Life on the western frontier in the 1870s was difficult for a number of reasons. Families were often separated by long distances, as part of the family worked to get the frontier homestead ready for the rest of the family.

This letter is from Giles Thomas to his wife and daughter. It is part of the Oblinger family collection at the Nebraska State Historical society. You can read more about the family here.
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