Many of us will contemplate the Civil War during the sesquicentennial, and Randall Fuller inaugurates the proceedings with a study of how the war changed the poetry of Walt Whitman.
By David Skinner
Here’s a scary thought on the eve of the Civil War sesquicentennial: In the 1860 election, Abraham Lincoln was utterly beatable.
By David Skinner
The great fear of those in the business of promoting the humanities is that people will realize we have nothing new to say.
The natural and the supernatural, the mental and the moral, verse and adversity all make an appearance in this issue of HUMANITIES.
I become uneasy whenever someone mentions the “lessons of history.” Not that history doesn’t offer lessons, it’s just that many of the lessons, I find, are hardly the kind of rules for living that can
A few weeks ago, zipping through some recent American writings on Buddhism, I came across an article by a Buddhist named Damaris Williams. It was about a meditation marathon she’d taken part in.
During a recession, everyone reaches for their green eyeshade. Unless it’s cheap, we don’t buy it. If it’s not certain to pay off, we don’t invest.
“Bridging cultures” is the watchword here at NEH since the appointment of Jim Leach to the chairman’s office.
“Only connect,” E. M. Forster wrote. But if you are a humanist looking to transmit a message from the far corners of research to a truly public audience, doing so can seem impossible.
I have become a regular purchaser of old books, and as I pull these worn-out tomes from my mailbox I wonder if anyone else is still reading these particular works.
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The Transformation of “Advice and Consent”
By Meredith Hindley
Who Was Westbrook Pegler?
The original right-wing takedown artist
By David Witwer
The Strange Politics of Gertrude Stein
Was the den mother of modernism a fascist?
By Barbara Will
Friends of Rousseau
Some of the people he has influenced don't even realize it.
By Leo Damrosch
The Other Jefferson Davis
The U.S. Capitol, as we know it today, would never have existed without Jefferson Davis.
By Guy Gugliotta
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