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People: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Historical Items

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Item 4114

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, London, ca. 1868

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1870 Location: London Media: Albumen print

Item 4117

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ca. 1843

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1843 Media: Oil on canvas

Item 4118

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ca. 1903

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1870 Location: Portland; Portland Media: Paper, charcoal

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine's Acadian Community: "Evangeline," Le Grand Dérangement, and Cultural Survival

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the history of the forced expulsion of thousands of people from Acadia, the Romantic look back at the tragedy in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous epic poem Evangeline and the heroine's adoption as an Acadian cultural figure, and Maine's Acadian community today, along with their relations with Acadian New Brunswick and Nova Scotia residents and others in the Acadian Diaspora. Students will read and discuss primary documents, compare and contrast Le Grand Dérangement to other forced expulsions in Maine history and discuss the significance of cultural survival amidst hardships brought on by treaties, wars, and legislation.