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A young Eudora Welty standing against a wall.

The Quiet Greatness of Eudora Welty

Even toward the end of her life, the writer revealed a youthful zest for life and art.

Masked New York City policeman, 1918

The Devastation of 1918

An online encyclopedia created at the University of Michigan includes thousands of documents detailing the U.S. response to the 1918 flu crisis.

Miller lanceolate point

The First Americans

What we think we know about the arrival of Homo sapiens on this continent.

Hannah Arendt, 1944

The Trial of Hannah Arendt

She caused a furor when she coined “the banality of evil” to describe mindless acts of Nazi horror.

Detail of La Mulata, a painting attributed to Velázquez.

Hannah, Andrew Jackson’s Slave

A favorite of Old Hickory, she made him seem kinder than he was. Why?

An ink caricature of Bernard Malamud by Joe Ciardiello

The Otherworldly Malamud

The master of the short story infused his work with myth and magic, but not fairytale endings.

Illustration of a waitress with serving tray

The American Language

A historical database of English in the U.S.

illustration of Solomon Northup by Gary Kelley

From American Playhouse to 12 Years a Slave

From American Playhouse to 12 Years a Slave, two films give different views of the same story.

Folding screen.

New Money in New Spain

Colonial opulence had to be displayed behind closed doors.

Portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche

Culture War

Hitler's propagandists co-opted key intellectual figures in the Western canon to suit their political agenda.