Features

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.

Sixth-grade Civil War reenactors

The Civil War to a Seventh Grader

Middle schoolers comb through diaries, trek over battlefields, and relive history with cameras in hand.

Statue full figure

Property of Tennessee Williams

What a souvenir statue tells us about his writing.

The Conversation Piece

Henry James and the American Idea

The Atlantic Monthly helped establish the expatriate author as a literary great.

Young dancer

Everything Is Divine in Bali

A new exhibit of art, ritual, and performance from a tropical paradise.

Open book

The Well-Wrought Textbook

The making of the midcentury English department classic, Understanding Poetry.

Robert E. Lee astride Traveller

How Did Robert E. Lee Become an American Icon?

The man was remembered, but not his cause.

Shah receiving Persian ambassador

Sultans of Swag

A look at "Gifts of the Sultan" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Edmund Byrne's house

A Texas-Sized Renovation

Buried Treasure in Austin.