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Red All Over: How a Tiny Bug Changed the Way We See the World

What makes the best red? The Spanish found out in sixteenth-century Mexico.

Landscape of Arizona's Box Canyon, Wupatki National Monument

Willa Cather in the Desert: Where She Learned What Truly Mattered and Found Material forThe Song of the Lark

Walnut Canyon in Arizona was the inspiration for key scenes in Cather's 1915 novel.

Painting by Jonathan Trumball of Thomas Jefferson and Congress

The History of the Stamp Act Shows How Indians Led to the American Revolution

In the years after the French and Indian War, Britain's strategies to keep its Native American alliances sometimes backfired.

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The Greatest Thing About Studs Terkel Was Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel interviewed all types, but his best character was himself.

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Treasure Island Author Robert Louis Stevenson Was a Sickly Man with a Robust Imagination

His own life was one of contradictions, and he revealed both the good and evil in all his characters.

Nineteenth-century drawing of a beer garden.

Fighting for the Right to Party on Sundays

America's blue laws were a test of the minority against the majority.

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Berea College in Appalachia Charges Students Nothing But Expects Great Things in Return

A legacy of community and dedication continues at a college in Kentucky.

Crowd at Coney Island

The Coney Island Exhibition That Captures Its Highs and Lows

For more than a century, Coney Island has stirred our senses.

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Those Slippery Snake Stories

One story morphs into many when the newspapers get involved.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf Was More Than Just a Women’s Writer

A Room of One’s Own is a formative feminist document, but critic Robert Kanigel argues that men are cheating themselves if they don’t embrace the book, too.