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In Defense of Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper was a major literary innovator with fans such as Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad. Take that, Mark Twain.

A Summer Scene

While vacationing in Queens, Cooper suffers a fever and writes the violent twelfth chapter of The Last of the Mohicans.

Wyeth’s Noble Savage

An excerpt from Picturing America describes how an artist interpreted Cooper's prose.

“High Thinking and Low Living”

How a mansion-turned-boardinghouse in Old Lyme, Connecticut, became the place to be for American Impressionists.

The Passing City

Artist John Sloan documented the sidewalk theater of a changing New York.

Planned Paradise: Making the Florida Dream

A postwar boom transforms Florida from backwater to dream state.

WWII soldiers

War Stories: The American People in World War II

An epic film documents the experiences of the citizen soldier and his community.

Parades, Pickets, and Protests

Before Pearl Harbor, Chinese Americans bring the issue of Japanese agression to the nation's consciousness.

The Sound of Freedom

Composed during World War II, Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait reflects the mood of the times during which it is performed.

Common Bonds: The Duty and Honor of Lee and Grant

A new exhibition traces the intersecting lives of the Civil War rivals.