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Articles with keyword "twentieth century"

Image of Herbert Hoover


The Politics of Food

How America kept Russia from starving.

Black Swan Records logo from 1921.


Black Swan Rising

The brief success of Harlem's own record company.

Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907


Why Paris?

Two neighborhoods—Montmartre and Montparnasse—helped shape Picasso and a generation of innovators.

Image of John Muir


John Muir, Nature's Witness

The founder of the Sierra Club worshiped the outdoor world.

sepia photograph of Mark Twain standing behind Henry H. Rogers in Bermuda, 1908


Mark Twain's Latest Autobiography

One hundred years after his death on April 21, 1910, Mark Twain is having one of the busiest years of his afterlife.

Sir Isaac Newton, by Samuel Freeman, (1773–1857)


Newton, The Last Magician

The great man of science had more than a passing interest in alchemy.

Building the Panama Canal


Digging Across Panama

The Americans triumphed over yellow fever, landslides, and worker strikes to change the earth's landscape.

The Oval by G. Noble Wagner


A Sculptured Landscape

Fifty-five outdoor sculptures define a modern sensibility at tiny Ursinus College.

Mo Yan


The Real Mo Yan

The renowned Chinese novelist talks with NEH Chairman Jim Leach.


Mo Yan 101

Sometime in the late 1960s or early seventies, a neighbor told Guan Moye about a writer he knew whose work was so popular that he could afford to eat jiaozi—“those tasty little pork dumplings