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November/December 2007

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November/December 2007

Fontainebleau Hotel Flower Shop

Miami Swank—and Its Opposite

A new exhibition captures the dueling personalities of Miami Modern.

By Thomas Hine

Volume 28, Issue 6

Alix of Miami gave the city a signature style in the 1950s.

Johnson / Florida State Archives / Florida Memory Project

  • Features

    Court of Louis XVI

    American Arriviste

    The eighteenth-century traveler, writer, and social climber John Ledyard joins Thomas Jefferson and a famed circle of expatriates in Paris.

    By Edward G. Gray
    The Polish Rider, circa 1655

    Teaching Rembrandt

    Why introduce children to masterpieces?

    By Joseph Matthew Piro
    Orphan train

    Lost Children: Riders on the Orphan Train

    In the 1850's, the Children's Aid Society began sending thousands of orphans by train to Western towns for adoption.

    By Dan Scheuerman
    During a performance at the American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, VA


    Ralph Alan Cohen and the American Shakespeare Center want to turn the sweet little town of Staunton, Virginia, into the world capital of Shakespearean theater.

    By David Skinner
    A still from "The Soul of Youth." 1920

    Film as Argument

    The early disputatious days of American movies.

    By Bruce Bennett
  • Departments


    Mickey Ramps It Up

    Disney parking garage is world's largest.

    Freedom Through Conversion

    Conflict Endured during Colonial Period in Virginia over Morality of Christians Enslaving Other Christians

    The City That Never Slept

    —From “Mapping Time” by Peter Baldwin. Published in Common-Place, Vol. 6, No. 1 (2005). Printed by permission.

    Faith and Fiction

    —Marilynne Robinson, delivering the 2007 McBride Lecture at Oklahoma Christian University, with support from the Oklahoma Humanities Council.


    Looking for Lincoln

    Journalist Andrew Ferguson and NEH Chairman Bruce Cole discuss America's love-hate relationship with our sixteenth president.

    Executive Function

    Michael Gillette

    Michael Gillette works to make Humanities Texas as noticeable as the handsome mansion it is restoring and using as a new headquarters.

    By Rebecca Onion


    Editor's Note, November/December 2007

    A magazine should suggest to the reader the existence of a world outside one's door that is larger and more interesting than he or she would have imagined had they not read the magazine.

    By David Skinner