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Earl Shorris meets students in Buenos Aires
Posted: June 29, 2012

Remembering Earl Shorris

The National Endowment for the Humanities mourns the loss of the writer and activist Earl Shorris, who brought the riches of the humanities to thousands of inner-city poor through his creation of a national tuition-free education program.

Painting of the The Boston Tea Party
Posted: June 29, 2012

EDSITEment Fourth of July lesson

"The Revolution was effected before he war commenced.  the Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people. . ."

John Adams.

National History Day students run in arena to receive award
Posted: June 15, 2012

Thirty-one Middle and High School Students Named National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars at 2012 National History Day

Students from Florida and Washington State took home four of the top senior prizes at National History Day sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

William Woollett's engraving of The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West
Posted: June 7, 2012

Competing Empires

British colonies hugged the East Coast, French troops occupied the Ohio Valley and the Iroquois Nation was caught in between when the London Board of Trade called a meeting.

2012 Summertime Reading List Image
Posted: June 1, 2012

Summertime Favorites

Summertime Favorites, a list of recommended readings, represents NEH's long-standing effort to highlight classic literature for young people from kindergarten through eighth grade. 

BackStory with the American History Guys bobblehead caricatures
Posted: May 9, 2012

BackStory Radio Goes Weekly

BackStory, an NEH-funded radio show on history, launches weekly programming, starting with "Born in the USA: A History of Birth" featuring the American History Guys: University of Virginia professors Brian Balogh, Peter Onuf and University of Richmond President Ed Ayres.

Wendell Berry
Posted: April 25, 2012

2012 Jefferson Lecture with Wendell Berry

Read the text of the 2012 Jefferson Lecture by poet-novelist-farmer Wendell E. Berry or watch video of the event online.

Claim regarding Philip Meredith, slave of General Robert E. Lee
Posted: April 12, 2012

150 Years Ago: Compensated Emancipation

What is the value of a person?  A rare glimpse of slaves' lives emerges from 1862 emancipation documents, digitized through an NEH grant.

NEH Chairman's Commendation
Posted: April 6, 2012

A Life of Results

Philip Lampi, a walking encyclopedia of early American election results, received the first chairman’s commendation from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Drawing of pancakes
Posted: March 8, 2012

Flap jacks, pancakes, or batterbread?

Expand your vocabulary with the 60,000-entry Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE).