Marian Anderson

Marian AndersonTrue or False? Marian Anderson once received a standing ovation before she even sang her song. True! On January 7, 1955 Marian Anderson was the first black person to sing with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The audience applauded for five minutes before she could start singing.

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John Deere

John DeereBorn in Rutland, Vermont, John Deere served a four-year apprenticeship to a blacksmith and worked in that trade until 1837. The implements being used by pioneer farmers of that day were cumbersome and ineffective for cutting and turning the prairie soil. To alleviate the problem, Deere and a partner, Major Leonard Andrus, designed three new plows in 1838. The plow was so successful that by 1846 Deere and his partner were selling a thousand a year. Deere then sold his interest to Andrus and organized a plow company in Moline, Illinois. After experimenting with imported English steel, he had a cast steel plow made for him in Pittsburgh. By 1855 he was selling more than 13,000 such plows a year. In 1868 his business was incorporated as Deere & Company, which is still in existence today.

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Abigail Adams

Abigail AdamsTrue or false? Abigail Adams was shy and quiet? False! Abigail had many strong opinions. She shared her ideas with her husband, President John Adams. Abigail wrote many letters. Some of them described her thoughts on how the new U.S. government should work. Abigail’s son, John Quincy Adams became the sixth president of the United States. She traveled the world, but preferred reading and writing at her Massachusetts farmhouse.

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John Adams

John AdamsQuestion: What did President John Adams want to be when he grew up? Answer: A farmer! But John’s father talked him out of it. He wanted John to go to school. If he hadn’t, American history might have been very different! John’s ideas about government became part of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. He had to spend a lot of time away from the country he loved. He represented the United States in Holland, France and England. He was the first president to live in the White House.

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Juan Ponce de Leon

Juan Ponce de LeonA soldier, a farmer, a governor, and an explorer, Juan Ponce de León made his very first voyage with the famed Christopher Columbus. As an explorer, Ponce de León may be better known for what he didn’t discover—the fabled fountain of youth—than for what he did discover—Florida!

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