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Articles with keyword "Nineteenth century"

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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. 

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.

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.

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John Ruskin Taught Victorian Readers and Travelers the Art of Cultivation

His power of observation gave “eyes” to generations. 

Witches -- First Walpurgis Night

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Try Hawthorne for Halloween, . . . but Leave the Light on

"Young Goodman Brown" is frightfully fine fiction.

The County Election by George Caleb Bingham

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Back When Everyone Knew How You Voted

The secret ballot seems fundamental to democracy, and yet we did not always vote in private.