portrait of Montaigne

Our Contemporary, Montaigne: He Pioneered the Personal Essay and Made Candor Literary

Montaigne invented the personal essay and made candor literary.

an illustration of Lincoln

Lincoln’s Assassination Stuns the Nation

President Lincoln, shot on Good Friday, was dead on Saturday, and mourned throughout the country on Easter Sunday, 1865.

Contact sheet -- Anna Deavere Smith

The Many Faces of Anna Deavere Smith

Back of Napoleon

Digital Boot Camp for Military Historians

Historians release their inner computer geek.

Little Italy, New York City, 1950s

What Sets Italian Americans Off From Other Immigrants?

Family and work for starters, according to a new TV documentary.

Portrait of Ambroise Vollard

Paul Cézanne Revered the Old Masters, yet Influenced Waves of Modernists as They Broke with the Past

Always the student, even the famous Cézanne went back to the basics.

Sono Osato

The Original Miss Turnstiles: Sono Osato Starred on Broadway While Her Japanese Father Was Interned

Provocative casting in On the Town.

The Low family

The Chinese Exclusion Act Raised the Price of Becoming an American

 A new exhibit tells the story from the immigrant’s point of view.

A Thurber cartoon of a house that is also an unfriendly man.

James Thurber Lost Most of His Eyesight to a Tragic Childhood Accident

And grew up to see the world in a bizarre and hilarious light.

Pocket map-slash-playing card.

Imagine Nation: How Pocket Maps Helped Poets and Subjects Reenvision England

A GPS for sixteenth-century travelers.