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Mark Twain Editor Robert Hirst speaks at NEH
Posted: February 16, 2011

Robert Hirst on the Making of Mark Twain's Autobiography

It took a team of scholars many years to determine Mark Twain's plan for the book and then arrange the right contents in the right order.

For All The World To See exhibition at the International Center of Photography
Posted: February 2, 2011

For All the World to See

In the summer of 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till of Chicago was visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta.

poster for Freedom Riders video
Posted: February 2, 2011

NEH On Screen

As part of its mission, NEH supports radio, television, and film productions that make the humanities accessible and exciting to tens of millions of Americans.

Dhiru Thadani, architect, urban planner and author
Posted: January 27, 2011

Visualizing the "New Urbanism"

NEH supports a novel "encyclodictionary" of the New Urbanism to bring a common vocabulary to urban planning and design.

book jacket for American Prometheus
Posted: January 25, 2011

Prize-Winning Research

One of the Endowment's essential functions is to encourage the creation of books that provide the American public with invaluable perspective on our nation and its culture, and that have a potentially

map of the slave trade routes from 1500 to 1900
Posted: January 21, 2011

Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database

Until very recently, many African Americans were unable to trace their ancestors’ first steps in America because so few credible records were available.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr with President Lyndon Johnson in 1966
Posted: January 14, 2011

NEH-Supported Projects on the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A minister, civil rights leader, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and champion of nonviolent social change, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a key figure of the 20th century.

Captain John Smith's map of Virginia
Posted: January 10, 2011

Jamestown Rediscovered

The original Jamestown settlement was thought to have vanished -- until an NEH-supported archaeology team unearthed it.

Samuel Clemens as a teenage printer, 1850
Posted: January 10, 2011

Autobiography of Mark Twain

Mark Twain demanded that his autobiography not be published in its entirety until 100 years after his death because he feared that much of it was too incendiary.

Digging Through Digital Archives
Posted: December 20, 2010

"Text Mining"--Digging through Digital Archives

Searching through a sizable fraction of civilization’s written records before digital technology was like searching a beach for buried coins before the metal detector: a formidably time-consuming and onerous burden with a dismayingly small chance of success.