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Abraham Lincoln as a young lawyer

"Terrific in Denunciation"

Abraham Lincoln's legal papers reveal a surprising cache of sundry clients and dramatic litigation.

Movie star Lauren Bacall

Hebrew National

Not just Torah and gefilte fish: A new film shows the complexity of life as a Jewish American.

Court of Louis XVI

American Arriviste

The eighteenth-century traveler, writer, and social climber John Ledyard joins Thomas Jefferson and a famed circle of expatriates in Paris.

The Polish Rider, circa 1655

Teaching Rembrandt

Why introduce children to masterpieces?

Orphan train

Lost Children: Riders on the Orphan Train

In the 1850's, the Children's Aid Society began sending thousands of orphans by train to Western towns for adoption.

Fontainebleau Hotel Flower Shop

Miami Swank—and Its Opposite

A new exhibition captures the dueling personalities of Miami Modern.

During a performance at the American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, VA


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.

A still from "The Soul of Youth." 1920

Film as Argument

The early disputatious days of American movies.

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

Art and the American Story

NEH puts American materpieces in schools across the country.

The Ballad of Thomas Hart Benton

The prolific, opinionated artist behind The Sources of Country Music.