Pulitzer Book Club Inclusion Guide

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INCLUSION MILESTONES

1957

• Althea Gibson first Black tennis player to win Wimbledon
• Royal Ice Cream sit in to protest segregation.
• Johnny Cash, plays first prison concert; calls attention to reform

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AUTHOR INSPIRATIONS

Can you identify the 1957 Pulitzer Fiction finalists?

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No Fiction Pulitzer. JFK’s “Profiles in Courage” wins biography category.

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“Profiles in Courage” is mini bios of eight U.S. senators.

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Kennedy wrote “Profiles” during his leave of absence from the Senate to recover from back surgery.

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“Profiles in Courage” is 272 pages; 3 listening hours.

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“My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” - JFK

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“Profiles” about U.S. senators who took action to do the right thing despite interests of their party, state or personal ambition: John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Benton, Sam Houston, Edmund G. Ross, Lucius Lamar, George Norris, and Robert A. Taft.

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Celebrate what didn’t happen in 1954 with green bean casserole, deviled ham and an odd Jello mold.

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“A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.” - JFK

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Somewhere with mid-century modern (aka 50s era) furniture/decor.

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What makes a work of fiction “distinguished”? Pulitzer-worthy? What makes a person courageous? How are courage and inclusion connected? Do your state’s U.S. senators work across party lines to do the right thing?

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JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

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“Profiles in Courage” TV series 1964 – 1965.

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Research fiction published in 1953 and identify likely candidates for the 1954 Pulitzer Fiction Prize (which would have been awarded for Fiction written by an American in 1953.