William Howard Armstrong (September 14, 1914 – April 11, 1999) was an American author and educator. His best-known work is Sounder, which won the Newbery Medal in 1970. September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the most outstanding American book for children. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ...
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William Howard Armstrong was born September 14, 1914, near Lexington, Virginia.
He was raised on a farm in the lovely, history-steeped Shenandoah valley, and the descriptions of southern life in his most famous novel, Sounder, reflect his Christian upbringing in the rural South.
The strong individuals that play major roles in Armstrong's fiction can be traced back to the history of his neighborhood; Stonewall Jackson, the famous steel-willed Confederate general killed in the Civil War, had taught Sunday school at the same church Armstrong attended as a boy.
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