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The Economic Activities of the Narragansett Planters, 1939

Name-Dropping in Rhode Island

Familiarly known as the “Ocean State,” Rhode Island’s full official name includes “and Providence Plantations,” words the state legislature has resolved to drop.

Fast Track To Sainthood

St. Francis has gone in and out of style.

Confederate Cattle Call

There is pleasure to be had in looking to the past for examples of the familiar or near familiar. But one can also look to it for a good blast of the freaky, the strange, and the unrecognizable.

Exhibition Hall at Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia

Wagner Free Institute of Science

The Exhibition Hall at the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia, with its original systematic scheme of cherry-wood cabinets dating from the 1880s, provides a rare view of a Victorian scie

Sprechen Sie Texan?

It would be hard to imagine anyone more learned about the German spoken today in central Texas than Hans Boas.

Hey, Who You Callin' A Jacobin?

First of all, they are not even French. Second, they’re hardly household names.

Of Stevedores and Book Slingers

Mention the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and what comes to mind are workers heaving bales along a waterfront, operating straddle carriers shipside, or driving winches above break bulk c

MV Maersk Alabama cargo ship

National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum

Perched in its launch aft of the cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama, the small, orange vessel in which Captain Richard Phillips spent five tense days last year as the hostage of Somali pirates, loo

Tecuani mask from the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas

Mexic-Arte Museum

Cortez’s conquest of the Aztecs, the Seven Deadly Sins, and Mexican Independence are among the many themes of the masked dances of the Nahua Indians of central Mexico.

Four Acrobats, c. 1860.

Four Acrobats

Four Acrobats, the mid nineteenth-century Indian miniature, was once part of an ordered series of paintings, each of which corresponded to one of the melodic modes—or rāga—of classical Indian music.