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Tidbit Histories – WWI is Raging when Raggedy Ann Makes Her Debut!

Born in 1880 into the household of noted landscape painter Richard B. Gruelle, John Barton Gruelle developed rapidly as an artist. While still in his teens, Gruelle became a cartoonist for the Indianapolis Star and by the time he was twenty, he had accepted a position at the Cleveland Press. A gifted artist, Gruelle could …

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Tidbit Histories – African-American Children’s Literature: The Early Period.

In the first half of the twentieth century, literature and illustration for African-American children was frequently the work of white writers and illustrators. Some showed a sensitivity and respect for African-American culture. A good example is Lynd Ward’s dramatic figures for Hildegarde Swift’s moving biographical sketches in NORTH STAR SHINING. Some, however, would promote stereotypes …

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