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In the 1850's, the Children's Aid Society began sending thousands of orphans by train to Western towns for adoption.
By Dan Scheuerman
A new exhibition captures the dueling personalities of Miami Modern.
By Thomas Hine
Ralph Alan Cohen and the American Shakespeare Center want to turn the sweet little town of Staunton, Virginia, into the world capital of Shakespearean theater.
By David Skinner
The early disputatious days of American movies.
By Bruce Bennett
NEH puts American materpieces in schools across the country.
By Maggie Riechers
The prolific, opinionated artist behind The Sources of Country Music.
By Justin Wolff
James Fenimore Cooper was a major literary innovator with fans such as Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad. Take that, Mark Twain.
By Wayne Franklin
While vacationing in Queens, Cooper suffers a fever and writes the violent twelfth chapter of The Last of the Mohicans.
An excerpt from Picturing America describes how an artist interpreted Cooper's prose.
How a mansion-turned-boardinghouse in Old Lyme, Connecticut, became the place to be for American Impressionists.
By Laura Wolff Scanlan
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Humboldt in the New World
Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."
By Anna Maria Gillis
Done with Tolstoy
Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.
By Kevin Mahnken
A Workingman's Poet
Frankness and plain speaking made Carl Sandburg a celebrity.
By Danny Heitman
The Blue Humanities
In studying the sea, we are returning to our beginnings.
By John R. Gillis
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What accounts for Emerson's endurance as a writer?
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