Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, January/February

A LOT like Us
Politics from the Founders to TodayA CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD BROOKHISERBRUCE COLE: You're a distinguished historian as well as a commentator and columnist. How did you get to be both of those and how do you divide up your time?RICHARD BROOKHISER: I...
A Roundup of Activities
Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsARIZONAThe final discussion in a series that explores refugee experiences in history, literature, and the arts will take place on February 19 at the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. The series, called...
Building the Bill of Rights
THE CONSTITUTION SURVIVES TODAY AS A REVERED document, intact in its principles and most of its provisions. However, it was hotly contested among the first leaders of the United States. Amendments were promised during state conventions to appease Anti-Federalists,...
Editor's Note
JAMESTOWN'S 400TH ANNIVERSARYAs the three ships sailed into the Chesapeake Bay, a passenger noted the "faire meddowes and goodly tall Trees, with such Fresh-waters running through the woods, as I was almost ravished at the sight thereof." It was April...
Firsthand Accounts
Maps and Sketches of Early VirginiaIN THE SUMMER OF 16118, CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH and fourteen fellow Jamestown settlers left the struggling colony to explore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Aboard a twenty-eight-foot shallop, the crew sailed and...
JAMESTOWN'S 400th ANNIVERSARY
This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first English-speaking settlement in the New World.Their crude outpost at Jamestown survived because nobody saw it as worth the trouble of wiping out. Partly that's because the settlers lied about...
Jamestown Sampler
A collection of NEH-and state council-supported projects about the Virginia colonyTHE LIBRARY OF AMERICA is publishing Captain John Smith: Writings with Other Narratives of Roanoke, Jamestown, and the First English Settlement of America. The book presents...
New World Paradise
Virginia looked like the Garden of Eden to George Percy and probably to the English "gentlemen, artisans, and laborers" seeking a place to settle in the name of King James I and to reap profit for their investors, the Virginia Company of London.Little...
Percy Julian against the Odds
"It all began with a simple little bean,"Percy Julian wrote of the Calabar bean. "It was a beautiful, purple bean when I first got it. But it is not only beautiful in its appearance, but also in the laboratory it has within it."Julian was hungry for...
SOLDIER of FORTUNE: JOHN SMITH before JAMESTOWN
MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED MEN sailed across the Atlantic in 1606 to found the Jamestown colony in Virginia. The roster for the expedition lists fifty-nine of them as "gentlemen." One of those gentlemen, Captain John Smith, wasn't born with his title. He...
Ten Who Make a Difference
2006 National Humanities MedalistsTWO MIDDLE EAST SCHOLARS GIVE INSIGHT TO CONTEMPORARY CONFLICTS, while the founder of the History Channel brings the past to life for millions through television. They are among ten recipients of the National Humanities...
Uncovering Powhatan's Empire
Beneath a farm on the York River lie clues to life before Jamestown.ALTHOUGH THE JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT may have seemed like the edge of the world to its English colonists, it was, in fact, in the middle of a thriving empire, ruled by the Algonquin Indian...
Zen and the Art of Cycling
WHAT GOES BETTER with French existentialism than cigarettes, aperitifs, and excessive doses of caffeine and angst? Ryan Lewis has an answer; bike rides across the Illinois countryside.Velosophie, a weeklong discussion series of the Illinois Humanities...
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