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Louisa May Alcott hobnobbed with Emerson and Thoreau, wrote pulp fiction, and persuaded Dorothea Dix to waive a ban on single women working as Civil War nurses before writing Little Women.
Map the journey of African-American families before and after the Civil War with this online database of genealogical records from Albemarle County, Virginia.
W.E.B. Du Bois’ prose poem “Credo” proclaimed his philosophy of racial equality.
Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh's African American community from 1935 to 1975.
Delve into the late-night jazz scene of 1950s New York with photos and recordings of Charles Mingus, Bill Evans, and Thelonius Monk captured by Life photographer W. Eugene Smith.
Dr. King’s most significant speeches, sermons, correspondence, public statements, published and unpublished writings.
Few architects have had more impact on the American city than Daniel Burnham.
The history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime and its international supporters who considered South Africa an ally in the Cold War.
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How to turn language, the core operating system of the humanities, into numbers . . .
Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.
Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."
Frankness and plain speaking made Carl Sandburg a celebrity.
Esperanto, Klingon, "Oirish," and others.
From cows to controversy, the smallpox vaccine triumphs.
Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, and the conflict between publication and privacy.
Before conjuring Dracula, Bram Stoker poured his soul out to America's poet.
The U.S. Capitol, as we know it today, would never have existed without Jefferson Davis.
Henry David Thoreau went in for society, but on his own terms.
The battle for Nietzsche's legacy began when Count Hary Kessler met Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche.
Some of the people he has influenced don't even realize it.
Barbara Tuchman saw history as a grand tragedy
The journalist who pioneered serious film criticism showed a cinematic touch in all of his writing.
Simmie Knox's bumpy road from abstract artist to presidential portraitist.
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