Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, January/February

A President's First Term: Eisenhower's Pursuit of "The Middle Way"
Historians of the twenty-first century will place the first administration of President Dwight David Eisenhower primarily in two contexts. One involves what many see as a swing in the industrial nations of the world away from national public programs...
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Before the Storm: How the Media Missed the Tectonic Shift in the Sixties
When Barry Goldwater went down to devastating defeat in the 1964 election at the hands of Lyndon Johnson, there, for most observers, the matter stood: the American Right had been rendered a political footnote-perhaps for good. The wise men weighed in....
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Editor's Note: The Presidency
Every four years brings a familiar ritual: "Ruffles and Flourishes," a swearing-in, a speech, a longish parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, and as dusk falls, a thinning in the grandstands as many slip away to dress for a round of parties that night. The...
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Free to Dance
"The stage is the place where I feel free I can just open myself out; I can't do that on the subway. I can't do it walking down the street. But I can do it on the stage. Jawole Joe Willa Zollar, director, Urban Bush Women In much of the twentieth century,...
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Leaving a Legacy in Minnesota: Cheryl Dickson
"Parity with the arts!" is the rallying cry of Minnesota Humanities Commission Executive Director Cheryl Dickson, who retires next October after twenty-- four years of service. "The Minnesota Humanities Commission gets a little over $900,000 a year....
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Lessons for a President: A Conversation with Michael Beschloss
HEN THE NEW AMERICAN president is sworn into office this January, he inherits an office that has transformed dramatically during the last century. From the focus on personality that has arrived with new media to the skills needed to negotiate international...
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Making a Difference: A Heritage Reclaimed
Herman T. Guerrero's nickname, "Jun Pan," tells a piece of his family history and a small piece of the history of the Northern Mariana Islands as well. He inherited the name from his father, who was interned in the islands by the Americans at the beginning...
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Making a Difference: Ambassador for Music
Whether it's swing, jazz and the blues, or rap and hip-hop, Quincy Jones has brought a distinctly American sound to every corner of the globe. "The hybrid music that has come from African Americans has become the music of every young person on the planet,"...
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Making a Difference: A Passion for Words
Toni Morrison does not choose easy subjects for her novels. She wrote Beloved after hearing the account of an escaped slave who had killed her child to prevent the child from spending life in bondage. In Song of Solomon, Milkman Dead sets out to recover...
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Making a Difference: Art for the Ages
I am connecting my life to someone else's life," says art collector David C. Driskell, "someone who had a vision about another time, or someone who had different experiences, who wanted to give a view of a person's mood, or the beauty of landscape."...
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Making a Difference: Folktales for Children
For thirty years Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve has written children's books with the intention of dispelling stereotypes and negative images of Native Americans. She has brought the richness of Native American culture and heritage to thousands of children....
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Making a Difference: Glimpses of Louisiana
Drawing on the images, cadences, and sentiments of his youth, Ernest J. Gaines writes novels that evoke the particulars and the feel of small-town southern Louisiana in the early part of the twentieth entury. He is renowned for his tales about Bayonne,...
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Making a Difference: History on Screen
"History is filled with magnificent stories," says television producer Judy Crichton. "Some of the most exciting stories anyone has ever read are in history books." She has proved her point in more than a hundred films over the years, from Andrew Carnegie:...
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Making a Difference: Plato in Action
Writer Earl Shorris believes that understanding the words of Socrates and Plato helps the poor and uneducated more than learning the skills of a technical job. And he is one of those rare people who puts beliefs into action. In 1995 Shorris created a...
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Making a Difference: Puritans and Slaves
"Curiosity is the principal motivator of all important work, " says historian Edmund S. Morgan. Whether he is overturning common wisdom about the American Revolution or debunking the myth of "the American people," Morgan is quick to wade into controversy....
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Making a Difference: Renegade Preacher
Will Davis Campbell is a civil rights activist who talks with members of the Ku Klux Klan. He is a preacher who does not attend church or belong to any denomination. He is a writer who explores the boundary between fiction and nonfiction. The contradictory...
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Making a Difference: Stories to Change a World
From the fields of Kentucky to the jungles of the Congo, the novels of Barbara Kingsolver's novels take her readers to new geographic and psychological terrains. The critically acclaimed author of The Bean Trees, Animal Dreams, Pigs in Heaven, and The...
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Making a Difference: The Spirit of Inquiry
Robert Bellah has a reputation for posing tough questions and refusing to accept easy answers. By questioning how Americans define moral living, he has expanded the definition of both sociology and the sociologist. Commenting on his book Habits of the...
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On Site: A Genealogical Treasure Chest
In her younger days she was a political radical who couldn't hold a job-a civil rights lawyer's daughter who was both disgusted by the oppression of American blacks and endlessly intrigued by their individual stories. Now a retired history professor,...
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Pioneer for Peace: Ralph Bunche
He invented the peacekeeping force. He engineered the dismantling of the world's great colonial empires. He planned the first march on Washington for civil rights. He founded the political science department at Howard University. There is a monument...
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Reconstructing Lincoln's Law Practice
Patrick Sullivan, a tavern keeper in Macon County, Illinois, underestimated antebellum America's determination to squash the manufacture and sale of alcohol. In 1853, he tried to skirt the law by selling liquor without a license and was indicted for...
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State by State
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by State Humanities Councils COMPILED BY LAURA WOLFF SCANLAN MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT ARE THE SUBJECT FOR A PROGRAM IN ALABAMA. ALABAMA The Alabama Humanities Resource Center hosts "The Road...
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