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January/February 2007

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January/February 2007

Captain John Smith by Simon de Passe, seventeenth century

Soldier of Fortune: John Smith before Jamestown

Smith's experiences as a pirate, mercenary, and Turkish slave prepare him to survive in the New World.

By Meredith Hindley

Volume 28, Issue 1

Recreation of the Susan Constant, the largest of the three boats that landed at Jamestown.

Richard Nowitz / Folio, Inc.

  • Features

    Uncovering Powhatan’s Empire

    Excavations reveal the site where John Smith and Chief Powhatan first meet.

    By Louisa Woodville

    Firsthand Accounts

    A Web site offers manuscripts, maps, and sketches from early Virginia.

    By Laura Wolff Scanlan
    Essay winner Elise Liu

    Building the Bill of Rights

    Federalists and and anti-federalists put aside their differences and agree on the First Amendment in this first-place entry in the 2006 Idea of America Essay Contest.

    By Elise Liu
    Percy Julian in a laboratory

    Percy Julian

    A scientist makes inroads in chemistry and civil rights.

    By David Taylor
  • Departments


    Zen and the Art of Cycling

    Philosophical journeys in Illlinois.

    By Katie Kadue


    A Lot Like Us

    Author Richard Brookhiser and NEH Chairman Bruce Cole discuss the modern sensibilities of America's Founders.