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McPherson's books capture the complexity of the Civil War and the connections between battlefront and home front.
A new anthology captures the raw and kinetic energy of a nation celebrating its cultural independence.
Scholars are saving the ballads and poetry of a dispersed people.
A new film reveals George C. Wallace as a man who made a Faustian bargain for power but sought forgiveness at life's end.
NEH supports a conference on black literature in American life.
Twenty-five high school teachers are immersed in French-speaking West Africa.
The treasures of the Romanovs dazzle visitors.
A new film explores how the written word carries explosive consequences.
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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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