Famous People

People who change the world may, or may not, be famous in their own lifetimes. Often it takes years for others to understand forward-thinking contributions. This collection introduces you to some of the world's most-famous people

Famous People Chapters

The first printing of Gone with the Wind was 10,000 copies (when 5,000 copies was typical for the lifetime of a book).

Margaret Mitchell changed the name of her lead character to Scarlett from Pansy after looking through Irish literature and finding "Scarlett" was an I...

Margaret Mitchell did not have a title for her famous novel until just before it was published. What was the source of the title, "Gone with the Wind?...

Telling no one but her husband about her novel, Margaret Mitchell finally gets the courage to give her manuscript to Harold Latham, chief editor at Th...

Famous People Learning Tasks

Textual Evidence

Identifying Key Ideas

Analyze How Complex Characters Develop

Analyze Story Elements

Use Details to Describe a Character, Setting, or Event

Famous People Audios

Do you know the background of "Little Women?" Meet Louisa May Alcott and learn how she based her still-famous story on her real-life family.

Three days after Anne Frank told "Kitty" about an unsettling conversation with her father - that the Frank family may have to go into hiding somewhere...

Anne Frank, a Jewish girl living with her family in Amsterdam, was thirteen years old during the summer of 1942.  At the time, German forces were...

On the 8th of December, 1941 - the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed - Americans received their up-to-date news from the radio.

Churchill tried repeatedly to convince FDR to enter the war.

Famous People Audio Narrations

What are the factors leading to Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo on June 18, 1815?

It's June 13, 1935 and Jim Braddock - a 10 to 1 underdog - stuns boxing fans everywhere when he defeats the reigning champion, Max Baer.

Gone with the Wind became one of the best-selling novels and movies of all time.

Margaret Mitchell named Scarlett O'Hara after looking through books of Irish literature.

Margaret Mitchell found the title for her new book in the lines of an 1891 poem.

Famous People Documents

Sarah Hale wrote to President Lincoln asking that Thanksgiving be made a national holiday.

Working Girls Beware by Nellie Bly. Article that appeared in The World newspaper.

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