The Librarian of Congress looks at David McCullough's retelling of the American story.
Peter the Great sets in motion reforms to draw the country out of isolation and mold it into an empire.
Emerson's oratory ignites the imagination of the young journalist Walt Whitman.
Students reevaluate the trail of the last fugitive slave and the judge who judged him.
Conservators race to rescue rare manuscripts damaged by floods.
Top-secret documents provide a glimpse behind the Iron Curtain.
Six thousand years of art goes on display at the new Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
The Manchu came as allies but stayed to rule China.
A radio series traces the evolution of country, blues, and rock 'n' roll.
Artist Otto Dix documents the horrors of World War I.
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Humboldt in the New World
Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."
By Anna Maria Gillis
Done with Tolstoy
Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.
By Kevin Mahnken
A Workingman's Poet
Frankness and plain speaking made Carl Sandburg a celebrity.
By Danny Heitman
The Blue Humanities
In studying the sea, we are returning to our beginnings.
By John R. Gillis
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What accounts for Emerson's endurance as a writer?
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