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Articles with keyword "Nineteenth century"

Marley's ghost visits Scrooge.

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A Christmas Carol Was Not His Best Holiday Novel, Charles Dickens Thought

Charles Dickens wrote many popular holiday stories, but none with the staying power of A Christmas Carol.

Actor Denis O'Hare as Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Hatchet Jobs

A book critic muses on Poe's bilious attacks on other writers, and a new documentary highlights Poe's scrabble for a place in the literary world.

Bookbinding tool known as a fillet

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Tools of the Bookbinding Trade Can Be Found in Pennsylvania

Eighteen miles west of Philadelphiia, a collection in a national historic district reveals how you can judge a book by its cover.

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Historians Disagree About Everything, or So It Seems

There is no shortage of ideas on how to teach American history.

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Impertinent Questions with A. Roger Ekirch

A bloody mutiny, double identity, and a vicious presidential election. 

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The Dismal Swamp: One Road out of Slavery Took You Straight into the Boggiest Place You’ve Ever Been.

Archaeologists in Virginia seek to know more about the lives of slaves who escaped and lived off the land.

Young Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass Lived Another Fifty Years After Publishing His First Autobiography

Robert S. Levine answers questions about Douglass as an abolitionist, an author, and a "radical woman suffrage man."

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The Art of Thinking in Other People’s Heads

The addictive qualities of light reading. 

Thoreau and Mary Moody Emerson

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Mary Moody Emerson Was a Scholar, a Thinker, and an Inspiration to All Who Knew Her

She saw connections among the minds she encountered in books and in person.

Tenement in Five Points, New York City

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Reading Charles Darwin Utterly Changed How Charles Loring Brace Thought about Social Reform

Like his fellow abolitionists, Brace drew on Darwin’s writings to guide his thinking.