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The Rise of Writing: A Q&A with Deborah Brandt

What happens when writing becomes more common than reading? In a time when it is easier than ever for people to publish their sentiments, what kinds of risks do writers face?

Posted: May 17, 2018
Last Words of Nathan Hale, 1858, by Alexander Hay Ritchie
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The Martyr and the Traitor: A Q&A with Virginia D. Anderson

Patriot or loyalist—how did people choose sides during the American Revolution? In Colonial Connecticut the question of political allegiance on the eve of revolution was a complicated one. Professor Virginia D. Anderson’s latest book, The Martyr and the Traitor: Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution, follows Hale and Dunbar, two Connecticut men with opposing political allegiances. The book, which received NEH support, looks for an answer to how those allegiances formed.   

Posted: March 20, 2018
Currier & Ives, "Whale Fishery," hand-colored lithograph, late-19th century
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Beyond Moby Dick: Native American Whalemen in the 19th Century

Native Americans from the Eastern seaboard of the United States excelled as expert crewmembers on whaling ships in during the industry’s boom from the 1830s-1850s.

Posted: November 3, 2017
Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from America to Africa
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Uncovering Atlantic Bonds: A Q&A with Lisa A. Lindsay

“The archive can bring the researcher into another world,” says Lisa A. Lindsay, author of the recently published book Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from America to Africa.

Posted: October 4, 2017
Aerial view of Mitrou, near Tragana, Greece
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High Life in the Bronze Age

Thirty-five hundred years ago, leading residents of Mitrou in Greece displayed their wealth and power through chariots, big buildings, fancy clothes, and refined cuisine.

Posted: September 6, 2016
View of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta
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Slings, Arrows, and Deceit in the Western Reaches of Alaska

The Yup’ik have managed to not only survive for generations in a harsh region at the northwestern edge of the American continents, but to build a resilient and enduring way of life.

Posted: June 9, 2016
Photograph of evangelicals Edith and Ralph Norton.
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Looking for the Antichrist: A Sign of the Times in Rome

American missionaries interviewed Benito Mussolini about the end of the world.

Posted: November 10, 2015
Soldiers listen to music on their way from England to Normandy, 1944
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War, Vinyl and Print: Music for the Troops during World War II

The Army Special Services initiated a large-scale effort using music to strengthen cohesion, boost patriotism, and lift morale among the troops.

Posted: August 10, 2015
Portrait of Louisa Catherine Adams
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The Founding Fathers in a Digital Age

The papers of the Founding Fathers - personal letters, private diaries, even financial records - reveal the humanity beyond the statues, portraits, and memorials.

Posted: October 15, 2014
A native fisherman in the river, with mountains in the distance.
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Two Americans in Paradise: Henry Adams and John La Farge on the Island of Tahiti

Four months before Gauguin arrived in 1891, two Americans sought to explore the “real” Tahiti, to experience its landscape and understand its history. One was a wealthy intellectual, the other a painter.

Posted: June 16, 2014