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Watch by Gerald Murphy

Life as Art

Frolicking on the Cote D'Azur, Sara and Gerarld Murphy inspire artists of the avant-garde.

Chronicle of a New Age

A charismatic editor lures great writers of the early twentieth century to the pages of his controversial weekly.

Philosophy as a Way of Life

Wit and insight are trademarks of Mansfield's scholarship and teaching style.

In His Own Words

Excerpts from the writings of Harvey Mansfield.

Honor Above All

From illegitimacy, Alexander Hamiliton rises to power, driven by ambition and his moral code

BEYOND Unsinkable

Margaret "Molly" Brown uses her name and wealth to reform conditions for the nation's working class.

Passenger pigeons

Drawn From Nature

John James Audubon captured a disappearing world in his paintings.

The Grapes of Wrath's Tom Joad can't find work at a camp.

Filming the American Novel

From The Great Gatsby to Sister Carrie, writers tell stories of social climbers and fortune hunters.

Remembering Mary Lou Beatty

"Try again"

Captain John Smith by Simon de Passe, seventeenth century

Soldier of Fortune: John Smith before Jamestown

Smith's experiences as a pirate, mercenary, and Turkish slave prepare him to survive in the New World.