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The Chinese Exclusion Act Raised the Price of Becoming an American

 A new exhibit tells the story from the immigrant’s point of view.

A Thurber cartoon of a house that is also an unfriendly man.

James Thurber Lost Most of His Eyesight to a Tragic Childhood Accident

And grew up to see the world in a bizarre and hilarious light.

Pocket map-slash-playing card.

Imagine Nation: How Pocket Maps Helped Poets and Subjects Reenvision England

A GPS for sixteenth-century travelers.

illustration of two girls sitting at piano, playing it

What Is Music?

An ethnomusicologist says he is not sure.

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards in a New Light: Remembered for Preaching Fire and Brimstone, He Was Actually One of the Great Intellectuals of His Era.

New England's most famous preacher and the Great Awakening. 

Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J.

Summer Camp for Book Nerds: Why I Keep Returning to Rare Book School

How to read a book: For starters, remember it's a physical object

H. L. Mencken with his brothers

H. L. Mencken as a Boy? Oh, Boy!

Mencken's memoirs show a softer side on the sardonic critic

The bridge where Ed Johnson met his tragic fate.

Chattanooga versus the Supreme Court

The 1906 criminal case against Ed Johnson in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Detail from a portrait of Anne Boleyn

Scholar Stretches Truth: English Professor Bruce Holsinger on Writing Historical Fiction

Writers of historical fiction look for the plausible when manipulating the facts

Charles W. Morgan in 1947.

Nineteenth-Century Whaler Takes Twenty-First Century Voyage

Over a hundred seventy years after its birth, the Charles W. Morgan makes its way through New England's waters.