In This Issue July/August 2015
Willa Cather in the Desert: Where She Learned What Truly Mattered and Found Material forThe Song of the Lark
Walnut Canyon in Arizona was the inspiration for key scenes in Cather's 1915 novel.
Volume 36, Issue 4
Willa Cather's visit to the desert.
What makes the best red? The Spanish found out in sixteenth-century Mexico.By Peter BG Shoemaker
In the years after the French and Indian War, Britain's strategies to keep its Native American alliances sometimes backfired.By Woody Holton
Studs Terkel interviewed all types, but his best character was himself.By Peter Tonguette
His own life was one of contradictions, and he revealed both the good and evil in all his characters.By Danny Heitman
America's blue laws were a test of the minority against the majority.By Kyle G. Volk
The Peabody celebrates a tradition of innovation.By Amy Lifson
A diminutive African-American woman became a powerhouse for the civil rights struggle in Wisconsin.By Rosalind Early
Archaeological evidence shows modern hunters were not the first to use decoys.By Steve Moyer
In the nineteenth century, making scrapbooks wasn't just for the hoi polloi. Celebrities like Mark Twain clipped and pasted, too.By Steve Moyer