Introducing Shmoop Civics and Shmoop Biography

“You’ll never get anywhere in life.”
— Albert Einstein’s 7th Grade Teacher (TRUE STORY)

Hi from Shmoop 🙂

2008: Year of the Rat.
2009: Year of the Ox.
2010: Year of the Shmoop.

** NEW: Shmoop Civics – Because Civics Is Way Cooler than It Sounds **

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Stuff you’ll think about in Shmoop Civics:

Gun Rights:

 I have the right to defend myself.
                          Guns make the world more violent and dangerous.
       I hate guns, but maybe they are important sometimes.
                    (Did you know Shmoop’s fearless leader has actually been shot?)

Gay Marriage:

                 Everyone should have the right to marry.
  Marriage is between a man and a woman.
           What does marriage mean?
                         (It’s all about the bachelor party)

Affirmative Action:

      Affirmative action is necessary in an unjust society.
                    Affirmative action is discrimination.
        Our society is flawed.
                “Affirmative Action is over. Obama won.” – roughly Stephen Colbert

The Constitution. Law. Politics. Government.

Civics is really about YOU. About US. Who WE want to be as a society. The issues that get us fired up. Abortion. Students’ right to free speech at school. Gay marriage. Immigrant rights. Religious freedom. Stem cell research. Affirmative action. Gun rights. The right to burn a flag.

Where do you stand?

** NEW: Shmoop Biography – The Ultimate VIP Pass. **

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Shmoop lets you dive into the lives and minds of people who shaped the world. James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway picking fights in bars? Did you know George Washington was sterile? Shmoop Biography is brand spankin’ new, and we’re at your service – so, tell us whose life you’d like to explore.

** New Arrivals on Shmoop Literature **
(And You Thought Octomom Had Her Hands Full)

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  • The Aeneid, by Virgil
  • Anthem, by Ayn Rand
  • Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard
  • "Barn Burning," by William Faulkner
  • "The Black Cat," by Edgar Allan Poe
  • "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev
  • Giovanni’s Room, by James Baldwin
  • "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor," by J.D. Salinger
  • Henry IV, Part 1, by William Shakespeare
  • The Iliad, by Homer
  • Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost, by William Shakespeare
  • "The Masque of the Red Death," by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
  • The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot
  • "Murders in the Rue Morgue," by Edgar Allan Poe
  • My Ántonia, by Willa Cather
  • "The Necklace," by Guy de Maupassant
  • Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
  • A Passage to India, by E.M. Forster
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

  • Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction, by J.D.

  • Sula, by Toni Morrison
  • Ulysses, by James Joyce
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera

    ** New Arrivals on Shmoop Poetry **
    (What Could Be Better than a Poem in Your Pocket?)

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  • "Afterwards," by Thomas Hardy
  • "Goblin Market," by Christina Rossetti
  • "Jabberwocky," by Lewis Carroll
  • "Porphyria’s Lover," by Robert Browning
  • "The Sick Rose," by William Blake
  • "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," by Wallace Stevens
  • "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison," by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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