Humanities

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Articles from Vol. 21, No. 6, November/December

About Saul Bellow
WITH THE ADVENTURES,OFAUGIE MARCH IN 1953, A NEW VOICE EMERGED ON THE AMERICAN literary scene. Saul Bellow won the National Book Award for Augie March in 1954, and in a career of nearly six decades would gather countless others writing Honors-- a second...
Airwaves for the People
Radio brought familiar distractions into the homes of Chicago's workers: talk, ethnic nationality hours, labor news, church services, and vaudeville-type musical entertainment by hometown, often ethnic talent. Almost from the start, ethnic groups saw...
Beaux Arts on the Prairie
The period after World War I saw America's coming of age as a worldwide industrial and commercial power. Unlike their European counterparts from Vienna to Berlin, Munich to Cologne, or Lille to Rheims, American cities and towns were untouched by the...
Dan Shilling of Arizona
Dan Shilling, executive director of the Arizona Humanities Council, became interested in the humanities in an odd and remarkable way: books dropped to him from helicopters. Told by guidance counselors that he was "not college material," Shilling was...
Dressing Up History
Fashioning a Business in Rhode Island When Anna and Laura Tirocchi opened their doors to start a dressmaking business in 1915, they were moving against an economic tide. Manufacturers had begun to offer American women off-the-rack garments that were...
Edsitement Adds Projects
"What went wrong was a basic misunderstanding or misevaluation of the threat to our security represented by the North Vietnamese pressure on South Vietnam. It led President Eisenhower in 1954 to say that if Vietnam were lost, or if Laos and Vietnam were...
On Biography
Saul Bellow, 1976 The newest book about Nobel Prize-winner Saul Bellow is "neither authorized nor unauthorized," according to biographer James Atlas. Atlas, who spent eleven years working on it, talks about the experience in a conversation with NEH Chairman...
Paving the Road to War
Between 1929 and 1945, the United States went through a devastating economic depression, an unprecedented New Deal social contract, and a war that would shape the world for the next half century. In his new Pulitzer Prize-winning book, FREEDOM FROM FEAR:...
Robert Louis Stevenson's America
WHEN ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON left his native Scotland for the United States in 1879, he had yet to gain renown as the author of such classics as Treasure Island, A Child's Garden of Verses, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Although he...
State by State
Around the Nation A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by State Humanities Councils ALABAMA "Alabama Farmsteads: Our Changing Rural Heartland," an he many aspects of rural life, is on display during November at the City of Gulf Shores Museum. Teachers will...
Taoism: The Story of the Way
Opening November 4 at the Art Institute of Chicago is a new NEH-supported ehxibition on Taoism, a belief system that has premeated Chinese culture for more than two thousand years. The exhibition showcases 130 works relating to Chinese Taoism, including...
Two Worlds
WAGING WAR IN CHRISTIAN AND ISLAMIC TRADITIONS The enemies of the church are to be coerced even by war," wrote the theologian St. Augustine in the fifth century. Although it seems ironic, in the quest to justify war humans often look to the same religious...
Under the Big Sky
Jewish Traditions in Wyoming After stopping in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1877, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of the American Reform Movement, noted: "I found among the eight or ten Hebrews residing there, Louis Loeb as city clerk, and I. Bergman, city treasurer."...
Writing Chicago
FIND A WRITER WHO IS INDUBITALLY AN AMERICAN in every pulse-beat, snort and adenoid, an American who has something new and peculiarly American to say and who says it in an unmistakable American way and nine times out of ten you will find that he has...
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