February Birthday: LINCOLN AND DOUGLASS.

Frederick Douglass, human rights leader
February 1818-Feb. 20, 1895

Lincoln and Douglass by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Henry Holt and Co., 2008).

A
glimpse into the unusual relationship between two American leaders.
Frederick Douglass was born a slave but escaped in 1838 and became one
of the central figures in the American abolitionist movement. He and
Lincoln shared similar views on slavery, freedom, equality and worked
together to achieve a common goal. The exact date and year of
Frederick’s birthday was unknown but he celebrated it on February 14th
later in his life.

February 14 Birthday: A VOICE FROM THE WILDERNESS. Anna Howard Shaw

Anna Howard Shaw, women’s rights advocate
Feb. 14, 1847-July 2, 1919

A Voice From the Wilderness: The Story of Anna Howard Shaw by Don Brown (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)

Based
on her autobiography, this story of Shaw traces her life from childhood
to adulthood. A teacher, then a doctor, Shaw became active in the
women’s suffrage movement.

A biography and photo of Shaw are available at the National Women’s History Museum.

February 14 Birthday: GEORGE FERRIS: WHAT A WHEEL

George Ferris
b. February 14, 1859
d. November 22, 1896

GEORGE FERRIS: WHAT A WHEEL
(Grosset & Dunlap, 2014)
by Barbara Lowell
illustrated by Jerry Hoare

Summary:
George Ferris, ever confident, didn’t know that the 1893 Chicago
World’s Fair would make him famous, but when engineers were challenged
to build something original and unique, he knew he was the person to
create it. George had to convince the fair officials, find the money and
design and build an amusement wheel that could hold 2,160 people at the
same time, something no one had ever done before.