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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.
A Web site offers manuscripts, maps, and sketches from early Virginia.
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.
A scientist makes inroads in chemistry and civil rights.
A new film examines the work of the composer of "Take the 'A' Train" and "Lush Life."
The master of West Coast jazz blends his music with his advocacy for human rights.
A new building opens its doors at the Denver Art Museum.
Eleven thousand quilts go online and offer clues about their creators.
Newly discovered Maya murals reveal the civilization's sophistication.
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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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