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September/October 2009

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September/October 2009

Samuel Johnson's 1755 Dictionary

What Samuel Johnson Really Did

He made dictionaries matter.

By Michael Adams

Volume 30, Issue 5

Caricature of Samuel Johnson

© David Levine

  • Features

    Regional map of Burnham's Chicago Plan

    Taming the Savage City

    One hundred years later, Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago still inspires.

    By Carl Smith
    Peter Cooper, 1850

    Peter Cooper’s Big Ideas

    Steam engines and Jell-O paled beside the famed inventor's greatest legacy.

    By James Williford
    G. Harold Carswell in his Tallahassee, Florida, chambers, April 1970.

    Supremely Contentious

    The Transformation of “Advice and Consent”

    By Meredith Hindley
    Philip Mosely with Fred Stolling

    The Cold War’s Organization Man

    How Philip Mosely helped Soviet Studies moderate U.S. foreign policy.

    By David C. Engerman
  • Departments


    Night Physik

    From Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

    Revolt of the Masses

    From Mass Moments, a website ( that is a daily almanac of significant events in the state’s history. It can also be received as a podcast or RSS feed.

    Mission to Moscow

    From Idaho Humanities, in which this account by Irish poet and Fulbright Scholar Kevin Kiely appeared at the request of the council as his two-year stint teaching and researching in Idaho

    Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

    Stan Hywet (stone quarry in Old English) was built between 1912 and 1915 near Akron, OH, by cofounder of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company F. A. Seiberling.

    By Steve Moyer

    German American Heritage Center

    The zither, commonly found in southern Germany and other parts of alpine Europe, produces the “oompahs” so typical of German folk music.

    By Steve Moyer

    Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

    A segmented miner’s lunch pail from the nineteenth century was, above all, practical, with stacking compartments for stews, pie, cobbler, as well as a cup on top for coffee, which was heated over a ca

    By Steve Moyer


    The Public Historian

    How Jill Lepore went from Harvard office temp to Harvard professor.

    Impertinent Questions

    Impertinent Questions with Kathleen Fitzpatrick

    On scholarly communities in the digital age.

    By Meredith Hindley (edited by)

    Executive Function

    Alaska’s Gregory W. Kimura

    Gregory W. Kimura bridges urban and rural worldviews with humanities programming.

    By David Holthouse


    Editor's Note, September/October 2009

    “Only connect,” E. M. Forster wrote. But if you are a humanist looking to transmit a message from the far corners of research to a truly public audience, doing so can seem impossible.

    By David Skinner