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January/February 2009

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January/February 2009

Image of Lincoln at McClellan's camp

Lincoln the Great

Though He Didn’t Look That Way at the Time.

By Wilfred W. McClay

Volume 30, Issue 1

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Paul Chung.

  • Features

    Image of Thorton Wilder, January, 28, 1962

    The Utterly Civilized Wilder

    Despite global popularity, the enduring works of Thornton Wilder hold up to critical scrutiny.

    By Jonathan Leaf
    Image of poster from Lincoln Centennial

    Lincoln’s Centennial

    The year was marked by adulation.

    By Anna Maria Gillis
    Image of  Sabiha Al Khemir

    The New Here

    A visit with author and curator Sabiha Al Khemir.

    By David Skinner
    Image of choreographer Jerome Robbins rehearsing dancers.

    Dancing American

    Jerome Robbins built a new style from classical and modern parts.

    By Pia Catton

    Ten Who Make A Difference

    The 2008 National Humanities Medalists.

  • Departments


    Mr. Manners

    At George Washington’s request, Alexander Hamilton offers the newly elected president advice on proper etiquette in a letter dated May 5, 1789.

    1912 Presidential Candidates

    Cartoonist Clifford Berryman mocks the confidence level of the 1912 presidential candidates—Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and William Howard Taft—before the election.

    Presidential Service

    Benjamin Latrobe and his wife, Mary, helped newly inaugurated President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison furnish the White House.

    No Failure of Substance

    Roosevelt began inaugural day by attending a brief service at St. John’s Episcopal Church.


    Historian for Hire

    Phil Cantelon of History Associates talks with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about the profession outside the walls of academia.

    By Bruce Cole

    Impertinent Questions

    Impertinent Questions with William M. Reddy

    William M. Reddy has made a career of demonstrating how honor, love, shame, fear, and desire operate as historical forces.

    By Meredith Hindley (edited by)

    Executive Function

    California's Ralph Lewin

    From fast times at Clairemont High to the California Humanities, Ralph Lewin has always been fascinated with stories.

    By Steven Winn


    Editor's Note, January/February 2009

    In the 1995 Hollywood movie Copycat, the killer tells Sigourney Weaver’s character, “Did you know, Helen, that there are more books written about Jack the Ripper than Abraham Lincoln?” Hardly

    By David Skinner