Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 5, September/October

Art and the American Story
"Listen my children and you shall hear, / Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.'Just as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow introduced generations of students to the story of the American Revolution using meter and rhyme, so can today's teachers use visual art...
A Summer Scene
As spring advanced in I 825 and james Fenimore Cooper was immersed in the grim forest of The Last of the Mohicans, his family made plans to leave New York City for more pleasant quarters. After successfully weathering the usual "bustle and confusion"...
Editor's Note
This issue of Humanities magazine has two themes. Or perhaps one. There is Picturing America, a major new NEH initiative to bring great works of American art to classrooms across the country. A potentially second theme, depending on your point of view,...
"High Thinking and Low Living"
The Story of the Old Lyme Art ColonyIn 1899, American artist Henry Ward Ranger searched the New England countryside for a place to establish a new American school of painting-a place reminiscent of the vibrant art communities he admired while studying...
In Defense of Cooper
AUTHOR OF THE FAMOUS five-part Leather-Stocking series, twenty-seven other novels, and a box of historical and miscellaneous works, James Fenimore Cooper remains one of the most innovative yet most misunderstood figures in the history of American culture....
In Focus: Vaughan's Virginia
What do violence in Somalia, hot rod cars, and the Monacan Indian tribe have in common? Give up? They're all included in programs sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, which since 1974 has swelled from a nascent organization of six...
Planned Paradise: Making the Florida Dream
THE SCENE WAS BASIC TRAINING, BUT THE BACKDROP WAS STRICTLY PALM TREES and orange groves for millions of American soldiers preparing to fight in World War II."Imagine you've spent your youth in Fargo, North Dakota," says Gary Mormino, professor of history...
State by State
Around the NationA Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsALABAMAThe Alabama Prison Arts and Education kicks off its 2007 series in September with classes in creative writing, visual arts, literature, history, and photography...
The Ballad of Thomas Hart Benton
Like the mountain music he loved, the rowdy life of American artist Thomas Hart Benton has the larger-than-life quality of folklore. His reckless behavior, heavy drinking, profanity, and belligerence toward any artist who took a different stylistic or...
THE Collector
SCHOLAR, CURATOR, AND COLLECTOR WILLIAM H. GERDTS is the author of over twenty-five books on American art. An expert in American Impressionism, he is also well known for his work on nineteenth-century American still-life painting, of which he is a distinguished...
The Passing City
AS ITS BILLINGS SUGGESTS, TWO STORIES UNfOLD IN "SEEING THE CITY: Sloan's New York," an exhibition opening in October at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, The works on display chronicle the evolution of the painter John Sloan as well as the transformation...
Wyeth's Noble Savage
The Last of the Mohicans, an American adventure tale by James Fenimore Cooper, became an instant best seller when it was published in 1826. Its popularity continued, and by 1919, when N. C Wyeth illustrated a new deluxe edition of the book, Cooper's...

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