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A Romantic Notion: One Scholar’s Lifetime of Devotion to the Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The prolific Victorian writers have given him a very exciting and satisfying life

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Chairman William Adams Reflects on 50 Years of NEH

Endowment's great mission and growing achievements are reviewed

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50 Years of the National Council on the Humanities

The National Council on the Humanities is charged with a lofty mission.

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HUMANITIES now available on issuu

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fighting for the Right to Party on Sundays

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