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May/June 2011

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May/June 2011

Image of the 7th N.Y. State Militia, Camp Cameron, Washington, D.C., 1861

An Appreciation: A Historian's Historian

A look at the life and career of Drew Gilpin Faust.

By David W. Blight

Volume 32, Issue 3

Drew Gilpin Faust, 2011 Jefferson Lecturer

© Mark Morelli

  • Features

    Image of segregated bus station in Durham, North Carolina, 1940

    Freedom Riders

    Telling 436 stories in one documentary.

    By Amy Lifson
    Image of bench/ step-stool from former East Germany

    California's Cold War Museum

    All things communist -- from the Berlin Wall to Soviet tchotchkes -- find a home at the Wende.

    By David C. Engerman
    Image of Josh White with guitar

    This Land Is Our Land

    The Popular Front and American culture.

    By Michael Kazin
  • Departments


    Oyster Wars

    Wayward Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay

    By Anna Maria Gillis

    The Swamp Doctor

    Anna Darrow could set a broken leg with some string and a flatiron.

    By Amy Lifson

    Milton and the Cultures of Print

    New Jersey exhibits a rare collection from Milton's library.

    By Thomas Fulton

    Handcraft History

    Decorative arts in Ohio and beyond.

    By Bill Eichenberger


    City Desk

    Renaissance diarist Marin Sanudo’s political ambitions nearly truncated his accomplishment as a daily recorder of events in what was arguably the world’s most powerful and dynamic city of the day, Ven

    By Steve Moyer

    Them Is Fightin’ Words

    Disputes in Mogollon Rim in late nineteenth century inspired stories by Zane Grey.

    By Steve Moyer

    History of Science at the Adler Planetarium

    The Adler Planetarium’s history of science collection is one of the world’s most important, and includes the astrolabe pictured here.

    By Steve Moyer

    Intellectual Retreat

    Educational experiment attracted artists, musicians, free spirits

    By Steve Moyer


    Personal History

    NEH Chairman Jim Leach talks with Drew Gilpin Faust, daughter of the South, president of Harvard, and this year's Jefferson Lecturer.

    Impertinent Questions

    Impertinent Questions with Lewis Hyde

    On the "commons" of intellectual property.

    By David Skinner


    Editor's Note, May/June 2011

    How is it that our culture has studied and written and published large libraries’ worth of new books on the Civil War, and yet reading Drew Gilpin Faust, this year’s Jefferson Lecturer, is like discov

    By David Skinner