Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, March/April

Around the Nation: State by State
ARIZONA Phoenix is the place for book lovers and readers April 8 as the Arizona Humanities Council sponsors the state's third annual Arizona Book Festival at the Margaret T. Hance Park. Authors, publishers, booksellers, and activities occupy more than...
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Chairman's Corner
CELEBRATING THE BLUES Backstage at the Smithsonian Millennium program in Washington, D.C., on January 2, NEH Chairman William R. Ferris greets blues musician B. B. King and historian John Hope Franklin. Franklin, who was the 1976 Jefferson Lecturer and...
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Editor's Note
JAMES M. MCPHERSON His great-grandfather and his great-great-grandfather fought in the Civil War. One died while serving; the other survived to a ripe old age and died in California in 1922. This year's Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities, James M....
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Excerpts from the Writings of James M. McPherson
ENEMIES NO MORE THE SURRENDER COMPLETED, THE TWO GENERALS SALUTED somberly and parted. "This will live in history," said one of Grant's aides. But the Union commander seemed distracted. Having given birth to a reunited nation, he experienced a post-partum...
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Obituary: C. Vann Woodward 1908-1999
C. Vann Woodward 1908-1999 Writing History with a Purpose C. Vann Woodward, Sterling Professor Emeritus, History at Yale University and the 1978 Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities, died December 23 at his home in Hamden, Connecticut. Woodward, whose...
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On Site with NEH: A Dakar Journal
After preparatory study at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, twenty-five U.S. high school teachers of French embarked for Dakar, Senegal, last July. They were part of an NEH-supported institute on "la Francophonie: A Study of the Literature...
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Pitcher
His art is eccentricity, his aim How not to hit the mark he seems to aim at, His passion how to avoid the obvious, His technique how to vary the avoidance. The others throw to be comprehended. He Throws to be a moment misunderstood. Yet not too much....
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Songs of the Sephardim
IN THE EIGHTEENTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES, it was the dominant language of trade in the Balkans. Carried around the world by Jews expelled from Spain, Sephardic Spanish is quickly disappearing as the number of people able to speak it declines. The rise...
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The Glory of Russia
While rabble-rousers were throwing tea over the sides of ships in Boston, at the other end of the continent, settlers sent by Catherine the Great of Russia were colonizing parts of what was to become Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and...
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"The War That Never Goes Away"
A Conversation with Civil War Historian James M. McPherson This year's Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities, historian James M. McPherson, talked about the historical figures and foot soldiers of the Civil War in a recent conversation with National Endowment...
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To This Deathless Field
"In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits liner, to consecrate ground for the visionplace of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and...
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Touring the Battlefields
On a splendid late October day in 1996, Jim McPherson and I rode our bicycles through the battlefield at Cedar Creek. The battle of Cedar Creek, the last major encounter of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign, had taken place in an October one-hundred-and-thirty-two...
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Troubling Questions about Universality
I write, not by choice, but as a way to live my life, I write not as an occupation but as an avocation, I write because I am doomed and destined to do so, I write because there are books that simply are waiting for me to conjure them into reality and...
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