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business letter in Audubon's handwriting

Audubon the Writer

The celebrated bird portraitist was also a great artist of the written word.

Two sailing vessels at sea in nineteenth century

A Diplomatic Education

Early in the Civil War, the Union narrowly avoided war with Britain.

open King James Bible

The Everlasting Bible

New translations of the Bible have sought to make it accessible to everyone.

Depiction of Islamic scholar Averroës

The Islamic Scholar Who Gave Us Modern Philosophy

Averroës' writings on Aristotle shaped Western philosophy as we know it.

Hurston playing with children

Zora's Place

To understand her, you need to understand Eatonville—and vice versa.

Civil War-era group portrait of blacks near the James River in Virginia

Reading the Civil War

The moral and political dilemmas of the time seem so clear in retrospect.


Words of America

The final volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English approaches

Last call: Detroit liquor store

Going Dry

The Coming of Prohibition

Battle of Ft. Erie

A Forgotten Hero in a Forgotten War

Thomas Pearson repelled American forces, driving Canada toward nationhood.

"Effects of Fugitive-Slave Law"

When the Slave-Catcher Came to Town

Oberlin, Ohio, was an abolitionist stronghold, but not impermeable.