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A new film examines the life of the balladeer of the down-and-out.
By Caroline Kim-Brown
Folk music reflects a nation’s changing traditions.
By Maggie Riechers
Nineteen institutions combine resources to give a view of the American Northwest.
By Johnna Rizzo
How Superman and friends began to fight for the little guy.
Breaking some of the rules made Tom Wolfe a better observer.
By Marc Weingarten
A new film describes how a ladylike demeanor and deadeye aim made Phoebe Anne Moses famous.
Civil War surgeon Mary Walker began her battle for equality in the women's dress reform movement.
By Sharon M. Harris
The writer provides photographic records of his adventures.
Early newsreels put Americans in the front row for major world events.
A photographer captures the jazz musicians and sports stars of the 1930s and beyond.
By Paulette W. Campbell
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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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