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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).  

Portraits of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz as a lady-in-waiting and as a nun.
Posted: February 20, 2012

The Poetic Nun

The first great poet of Latin America was a nun and a champion of the rights of women. She is also the subject of an informative online curriculum unit at EDSITEment, NEH's award-winning website for students, teachers and life-long learners.

Photo portrait of three brothers from the Civil War in Union uniforms
Posted: February 7, 2012

The War 150 Years Later

As we mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, a selection of past, present, and future humanities projects.

Zora Neale Hurston, photo, black & white
Posted: February 1, 2012

NEH Celebrates Black History Month

NEH and its grantees pay tribute to the contributions of African Americans to our nation and its history with numerous events and cultural programs.

Robert and Mildred Loving, black and white photo
Posted: January 12, 2012

The Loving Story and Slavery by Another Name

Two new NEH-supported documentaries explore little-known chapters in the history of civil rights.

David Livingstone c. 1865
Posted: November 15, 2011

Dr. Livingstone, Illuminated

For the first time ever, a team of scholars has made accessible to the public the field diary in which Livingstone recorded his experiences around and during the time of the infamous Nyangwe massacre.

Examining Tuskegee by Susan M. Reverby (UNC Press 2009)
Posted: October 14, 2011

The Painful Legacy of Human Experimentation

A 1995 NEH grant became the basis for research that would lead to the discovery of a disturbing chapter in the history of human experimentation in Guatemala.

King James Bibles from the Manifold Greatness exhibition
Posted: September 23, 2011

The King James Bible at 400

Currently on view at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, the NEH-supported Manifold Greatness exhibition tells the surprising story of the King James Bible’s creation and lasting impact.