Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 3, May/June

A Visit with Historian David McCullough
HISTORIAN DAVID MCCULLOUGH, WINNER OF PULITZER PRIZES FOR HIS BIOGRAPHIES OF HARRY TRUMAN AND JOHN ADAMS, IS THE 2003 JEFFERSON LECTURER IN THE HUMANITIES.IT IS THE HIGHEST HONOR BESTOWED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN THE...
David McCullough-Chronicler of America
AN APPRECIATIONDAVID McCULLOUGH IS the citizen chronicler of the American story for our time.McCullough is a unique-and uniquely American-humanist. He is a historian who immerses himself deeply in primary materials, a literary artist of the first order,...
Editor's Note
DAVID McCULLOUGH"History teaches and reinforces what we believe in, what we stand for, and what we ought to be willing to stand up for," David McCullough writes. "History is about life-human nature and the human condition and all its trials and failings...
From Pauper to Empress: The Story of Catherine's Rise to the Russian Throne
CATHERINE CAME TO RUSSIA AN: utterly destitute bride. She brought with her from Holstein a total of a dozen shifts and three or four dresses, and those were paid for by a bill of exchange sent from Petersburg. She did not even have bed linen. That was...
In His Own Words: A Perfect Pandemonium
THERE WAS GREAT shouting from down below, and up ahead, on top of the tower, people were waving hats and handkerchiefs. Then all at once, as he went swinging out over the housetops between the anchorage and the tower, Farrington freed himself from the...
In His Own Words: Lawyer, Farmer, Revolutionary
IN THE COLD, NEARLY COLORLESS light of a New England winter, two men on horseback traveled the coast road below Boston, heading north. A foot or more of snow covered the landscape, the remnants of a Christmas storm that had blanketed Massachusetts from...
In His Own Words: Recalling 9-11
David McCullough delivered Nebraska's Sixth Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities in September of 2001, nine days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He took a moment from his lecture to talk about the experience.I would...
In His Own Words: The Good Gray Roosevelts
FOR SEVERAL HUNDRED YEARS THE GOOD, solid Roosevelts had kept to their mercantile pursuits, content with the same horizons. Seldom had any of them ventured beyond the confines of Manhattan Island for reasons other than business, and never longer than...
In His Own Words: The Luncheon Party
ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 1944, in the shade of a magnolia tree said to have been planted by Andrew Jackson, Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman had lunch on the South Lawn of the White House. Because of the heat, Roosevelt suggested they take off their...
In His Own Words: The Town That Disappeared
THE CLUB HAD BEEN ORGANIZED in Pittsburgh in 1879. It owned the dam, the lake, and about 160 acres besides. By 1889 sixteen cottages had been built along the lake, as well as boathouses and stables. The cottages were set out in an orderly line among...
In His Own Words: Time out for War
Dame Miriam Rothschild, a renowned naturalist, played a different role in World War II in England, where her family estate became an airfield for American fliers.AT ONE TIME, DURING the Second World War, there were six thousand Americans billeted in...
On Visual Literacy
New Hampshire's Alison NordstromBefore coming to Concord Alison Nordstrom received her Ph.D. in cultural and visual studies from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, taught English as a second language in Canada, Lebanon, and Japan, and was a museum curator,...
Russia Engages the World
THIS YEAR MARKS THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF ST. PETERSBURG, THE CITY THAT CAME TO SYMBOLIZE PETER THE GREAT'S WESTWARD ASPIRATIONS.THE WRITER VOLTAIRE records that in 1694, twenty-two-year-old Peter I "went to Archangel, where, having had...
State by State
A ROUNDUP OF ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY THE STATE HUMANITIES COUNCILSALABAMA"Black Woman: Achievements Against All Odds" will be on display at Central Alabama Community College until mid May. The exhibition, produced by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling...
The Sage and the Self-Promoter
ON THE TWO HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON'S BIRTH, WE LOOK AT A FAMOUS LITERARY CONTROVERSY."I was simmering, simmering, and Emerson set me to a boil," Walt Whitman once wrote. The two very different men, one known as the Sage of Concord...
The Trial of Anthony Burns
ANTHONY BURNS WAS THE LAST ESCAPED slave in the United States to be returned to the South under the Fugitive Slave Act. His trial in Boston in 1854 sent fifty thousand people into the streets in protest and invigorated the abolition movement in the United...
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