The meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation, for those at the time and for us today.
By Kevin Mahnken
Thaddeus Stevens was a fearsome reformer, who never backed down from a fight.
By Steve Moyer
Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, and the conflict between publication and privacy.
By Randall Fuller
Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."
By Anna Maria Gillis
Before conjuring Dracula, Bram Stoker poured his soul out to America's poet.
By Meredith Hindley
Students from around the globe show their mettle at National History Day.
The Civil War divided Americans into two kinds of people.
By David Skinner
How a feathered serpent god presided over a forgotten golden age of Mexican art.
By Doug Harvey
The U.S. Capitol, as we know it today, would never have existed without Jefferson Davis.
By Guy Gugliotta
George Washington was not born a leader but he carefully made himself into one.
By Edward G. Lengel
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Humboldt in the New World
Done with Tolstoy
Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.
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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