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Illustration of Pilgrims

Who Were the Pilgrims Who Celebrated the First Thanksgiving?

Ric Burns’s close look at the Pilgrims may change how we think of them.

Lyndon B. Johnson

On the Fate and Fortunes of Public Goods

A university president maps the way forward for the humanities.

Aldous Huxley

The Talented Mr. Huxley

The author of Brave New World was the master of the dystopic novel.

Dancers at the Spotted Cat

What It Means That We Are Lindy Hopping Again

Yes, the younger generation loves that old time jazz, but why?

A book stall and bookseller  in Delhi

The Future of the Humanities: Reading

As technology advances, doomsayers stay constant.

Spread from November/December 2015

November/December 2015 edition on issuu

A new way to read the magazine online that mimics reading it on paper.

Gilded statue of Tut

King Tut: A Classic Blockbuster Museum Exhibition That Began as a Diplomatic Gesture

When the boy-king was the hottest ticket in town

Illustration of volumes representing great American authors

Edmund Wilson’s Big Idea: A Series of Books Devoted to Classic American Writing. It Almost Didn’t Happen.

The origins of the Library of American were a messy business.

Union soldiers at camp.

With The Civil War, Ken Burns Reinvented the Television History Documentary and Captivated Millions of Americans. Here's How He Did It.

Documentaries have never been the same since The Civil War

Lindberghs in plane with open cockpits

To Bring the Humanities to All Americans, NEH Needed Local Partners

How the state humanities councils expanded and helped fulfill the mission of NEH