Laura Ingalls Wilder

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About Laura Ingalls Wilder

Author of the autobiographical American pioneer-themed Little House on the Prairie series. Her family’s years in Wisconsin became the basis of two of the most popular books in the series: Little House on the Prairie and Little House in the Big Woods.

Early life

In 1882, a few months before her sixteenth birthday, she accepted her first teaching position in a one-room school. She also worked for a time as a dressmaker and failed to complete her high school education due to her early marriage.

Trivia

When writing books about her childhood, she enlisted the help of her daughter.

Family of Laura Ingalls Wilder

She was the second oldest of five children born to Caroline Lake Ingalls and Charles Phillip Ingalls. In her late teens, she married Almanzo Wilder. The couple had one surviving child, Rose (born 1886), and their marriage was strained by a combination of illness, disability, and drought.

Close associates of Laura Ingalls Wilder

She was portrayed by Melissa Gilbert in the television series Little House on the Prairie.

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Frederick Douglass

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About Frederick Douglass

Former slave who became an abolitionist author and speaker. He detailed his remarkable life in his famous 1845 autobiography: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.

Early life

He grew up in slavery in Maryland. While enslaved in Baltimore, he was taught by a plantation owner’s wife to read and write. In 1838, he escaped slavery by impersonating a free sailor of African descent and traveling by train and steamboat to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Trivia

He once said, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

Family of Frederick Douglass

He married his first wife, Anna Murray, in 1838. The couple had three sons and two daughters. Following Murray’s death, Douglass married Helen Pitts, a white feminist twenty years his junior.

Close associates of Frederick Douglass

He advised President Abraham Lincoln on how to treat black soldiers.

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