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November/December 2011

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November/December 2011

man and woman lying on their backs, "pinned" by chair bases

Modern Love

Charles and Ray Eames forged a new sensibility while doing everything and nothing.

By Greg Allen

Volume 32, Issue 6

Molded plywood dining chair, 1946.

© 2011 Eames Office, LLC

  • Features

    business letter in Audubon's handwriting

    Audubon the Writer

    The celebrated bird portraitist was also a great artist of the written word.

    By Danny Heitman
    Two sailing vessels at sea in nineteenth century

    A Diplomatic Education

    Early in the Civil War, the Union narrowly avoided war with Britain.

    By Meredith Hindley
    open King James Bible

    The Everlasting Bible

    New translations of the Bible have sought to make it accessible to everyone.

    By Paul Gutjahr
    Depiction of Islamic scholar Averroës

    The Islamic Scholar Who Gave Us Modern Philosophy

    Averroës' writings on Aristotle shaped Western philosophy as we know it.

    By Robert Pasnau
    Hurston playing with children

    Zora's Place

    To understand her, you need to understand Eatonville—and vice versa.

    By Anne Trubek
    Civil War-era group portrait of blacks near the James River in Virginia

    Reading the Civil War

    The moral and political dilemmas of the time seem so clear in retrospect.

    By Adam Kirsch
  • Departments


    Baseball Brotherhood

    Wyoming recalls the Hispanic baseball players who made up the Sugar Beet League.

    By Amy Lifson

    A Nation of Treaties

    Minnesota examines the treaties between the United States and American Indians.

    By James Williford

    Traveling Man

    Illinois explores the history of the profession shared by L. Frank Baum, Benedict Arnold, and Johnny Appleseed. 

    By Corinne Zeman

    Fearless Photographer

    Washington celebrates photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White.


    Railroad Melee

    Tracking down a watershed moment for labor.

    By Corinne Zeman

    When Rural Ruled Uptown

    Manhattan harbors hotel gem from the 1820s.

    By Steve Moyer

    Where Town Meets Gown

    Site on medieval history, broad in scope, ranges from the totally wacky to materials that are deep and philosophically chellenging.

    By Corinne Zeman

    Impertinent Questions

    Impertinent Questions with Larry Stempel

    On the history of Broadway

    By Meredith Hindley

    Executive Function

    Nevada's Christina Barr

    Nevada's Christina Barr uses food to foster a sense of community in a diverse state.

    By James Williford