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From illegitimacy, Alexander Hamiliton rises to power, driven by ambition and his moral code
By Maggie Riechers
Margaret "Molly" Brown uses her name and wealth to reform conditions for the nation's working class.
By Laura Harbold
John James Audubon captured a disappearing world in his paintings.
From The Great Gatsby to Sister Carrie, writers tell stories of social climbers and fortune hunters.
By Meredith Hindley
By Amy Lifson
Smith's experiences as a pirate, mercenary, and Turkish slave prepare him to survive in the New World.
Excavations reveal the site where John Smith and Chief Powhatan first meet.
By Louisa Woodville
A Web site offers manuscripts, maps, and sketches from early Virginia.
By Laura Wolff Scanlan
Federalists and and anti-federalists put aside their differences and agree on the First Amendment in this first-place entry in the 2006 Idea of America Essay Contest.
By Elise Liu
A scientist makes inroads in chemistry and civil rights.
By David Taylor
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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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