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A selection of old favorites.

FeatureDarwin the Young Adventurer

The budding naturalist avoids life as a minister and finds himself aboard the Beagle.

Young Union soldier with bayoneted musket, knife, and revolver.

Feature"Daybreak Gray and Dim"

How the Civil War changed Walt Whitman's poetry.

Moliere dining with Louis XIV

FeatureBurying Molière

How the French Revolution reappropriated the favored playwright of Louis XIV.

Image of segregated bus station in Durham, North Carolina, 1940

FeatureFreedom Riders

Telling 436 stories in one documentary.

Etching of Rousseau

FeatureFriends of Rousseau

Some of the people he has influenced don't even realize it.

Robert E. Lee astride Traveller

FeatureHow Did Robert E. Lee Become an American Icon?

The man was remembered, but not his cause.

Silhouette of George Washington

FeatureHow to Be Presidential

George Washington was not born a leader but he carefully made himself into one.

Image of John Muir

FeatureJohn Muir, Nature's Witness

The founder of the Sierra Club worshiped the outdoor world.

Image of Lincoln at McClellan's camp

FeatureLincoln the Great

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

Sir Isaac Newton, by Samuel Freeman, (1773–1857)

FeatureNewton, The Last Magician

The great man of science had more than a passing interest in alchemy.