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Guastavino vaulted staircase, 1914

Vaulting Ambition

The artful masonry of Rafael Guastavino rediscovered.

A farmer digs through drifting sand in Oklahoma

Children of the Dust

The Dirty Thirties as witnessed by people who were actually there.

Georgia Congressman John Lewis speaks from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

Celebrating Freedom

The meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation, for those at the time and for us today.

Thaddeus Stevens was a resolute fighter

Remarkable Radical: Thaddeus Stevens

Thaddeus Stevens was a fearsome reformer, who never backed down from a fight.

Drawing of Emily Dickinson

The Image of a Writer

Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, and the conflict between publication and privacy.

Alexander von Humboldt

Humboldt in the New World

Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."

Bram Stoker in 1906

When Bram Met Walt

Before conjuring Dracula, Bram Stoker poured his soul out to America's poet.

National History Day

Historians in Training

Students from around the globe show their mettle at National History Day

Burying the dead from the Battle of Cold Harbor

The Living and the Dead

The Civil War divided Americans into two kinds of people.

Cholula-style ceramic goblet

Artists Rule

How a feathered serpent god presided over a forgotten golden age of Mexican art.