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Some forty-niners found instant wealth in California, but for most the trek west meant hardship and loss.
A multimedia website describes the overland journeys of California's early explorer, Juan Battista de Anza.
How Gandhi's nonviolent resistance took shape on American shores.
A new film traces the lives of four controversial thinkers who believe that ideas can change the world.
Etheridge Knight rose from prisoner to poet and shared his gift with everyone.
A new film documents sixty years of controversy surrounding Gershwin's folk opera.
Original music man John Philip Sousa knew what the people wanted.
He risked his performing career for his political beliefs.
Tory sentiments and battlefield diaries offer a different view of the American Revolution.
A new film shows the love-hate relationship Americans have with the interstate.
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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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