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September/October 2007

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September/October 2007

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

Art and the American Story

NEH puts American materpieces in schools across the country.

By Maggie Riechers

Volume 28, Issue 5

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, 1931. By Grant Wood.

Grant Wood / The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund

  • Features

    The Ballad of Thomas Hart Benton

    The prolific, opinionated artist behind The Sources of Country Music.

    By Justin Wolff

    In Defense of Cooper

    James Fenimore Cooper was a major literary innovator with fans such as Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad. Take that, Mark Twain.

    By Wayne Franklin

    A Summer Scene

    While vacationing in Queens, Cooper suffers a fever and writes the violent twelfth chapter of The Last of the Mohicans.

    By Wayne Franklin

    Wyeth’s Noble Savage

    An excerpt from Picturing America describes how an artist interpreted Cooper's prose.

    “High Thinking and Low Living”

    How a mansion-turned-boardinghouse in Old Lyme, Connecticut, became the place to be for American Impressionists.

    By Laura Wolff Scanlan

    The Passing City

    Artist John Sloan documented the sidewalk theater of a changing New York.

    By Susan Saccoccia

    Planned Paradise: Making the Florida Dream

    A postwar boom transforms Florida from backwater to dream state.

    By Dan Scheuerman
  • Departments


    The Collector

    William H. Gerdts talks with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about American art, scholarship, and his fixation with pears.

    Executive Function

    Vaughan’s Virginia

    Virginia's Robert Vaughan connects his state to the world.

    By Courteney Stuart