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Tracing of Louisa May Alcott's hand

Little Woman

The devilish, dutiful daughter Louisa May Alcott.

Fellow WPA writers in 1930s Oklahoma City: Paskavan, L’Amour, Thompson

Soul of a Writer

Jim Thompson found the makings of a new and gritty style working on the Oklahoma State Guide.

Portrait of Emperor Kangxi in Court Dress

Imperial Scrolls of China

Monumental paintings from the Qing dynasty document the power of its emperors.

Brian Balough

The American History Guys' Backstory

The humanities version of Car Talk.

Samuel Johnson's 1755 Dictionary

What Samuel Johnson Really Did

He made dictionaries matter.

Regional map of Burnham's Chicago Plan

Taming the Savage City

One hundred years later, Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago still inspires.

Peter Cooper, 1850

Peter Cooper’s Big Ideas

Steam engines and Jell-O paled beside the famed inventor's greatest legacy.

G. Harold Carswell in his Tallahassee, Florida, chambers, April 1970.

Supremely Contentious

The Transformation of “Advice and Consent”

Philip Mosely with Fred Stolling

The Cold War’s Organization Man

How Philip Mosely helped Soviet Studies moderate U.S. foreign policy.

Image of A View of Two Lakes and Mountain House, Morning, 1844 by Thomas Cole.

Living Off the Landscape

How Thomas Cole and Frederic Church made themselves at home in the Hudson River Valley.