Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1, January/February

Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsALABAMAThe Selma-Dallas County Public Library hosts a discussion of Don DeLillo's White Noise on Jan. 8 and Ernest J. Gaines's Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays on Feb. 8.Susie...
Curio
SOLDIERS IN THE GARDENFrom The Elizabeth Murray Project: A Resource Site for Early American History. Murray was a Scottish-born, thrice-married Bostonian wiin, according to this NEH-fundcd Web site, became "unwillingly caughl up in the struggles of the...
Hebrew National
A new documentary tells the story of Jews in America"It's a complex fate, being an American," wrote Henry James,and so it is. But I wonder if it isn't perhaps a touch more complex a fate being a Jewish American. Jewishness may be the only religion that...
In Focus
What about Bob? Arkansan takes a back seat to his colleaguew. BY JOHN C. WILLIAMSROBERT BAJLEY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ARKANSAS HUMANITES COUNCIL (AHC), IS RbTIRING in March after eighteen years on the job. To hear him tell it, though, his absence...
"Informed Patriotism"
We the People. With these words, the framers of the Constitution declared that the government they were creating was built on the consent of the governed, not around titles, bloodlines, or state religion. They had just overthrown British rule and envisioned...
King Andrew and the Bank
ON JULY 10, 1832, PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON SENT A MESSAGE TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE. HE RETURNED UNSIGNED, WITH HIS OBJECTIONS, A BILL THAT EXTENDED the charter of the second Bank of the United States, due to expire in 1836, for another fifteen years....
Letters from Robert E. Lee
ELIZABETH BROWN PRYOR is the author of two books about the Civil War era, Clora Barton: Professional Angel, considered the definitive biography of the pioneering nurse, educator, and Red Cross organizer, and Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee...
"Terrific in Denunciation"
Taking a new look at Lincoln the lawyerUntil recently, biographers of Abraham Lincoln have known surprisingly little about the details of his law practice. Even the most basic information has been lacking, such as how many cases he had, what proportion...
The Early American Salon
IN THE MANUSCRIPT CULTURE OF THE PRE-PRINT AGE, A LOST WORLD OF POETRY HAS BEEN REDISCOVERED(ProQuest: ... denotes obscured text omitted.)WHEN WE THINK OF ENGLAND'S literary culture during the eighteenth century, we conjure scenes of the sodable world...
The Orphan Scholar
Without parents or a degree, Philip Lampi has become the nation's foremost expert on elections in the Republic's early years.FOR A MAN WHOSE CLAIM TO FAME IS AN ONLINE DATABASE of election returns, Philip Lampi's life story is rather picaresque. Born...
We the People Sampler: One Country, Many Programs
MORE THAN THIRTEEN HUNDRED PROJECTS HAVE BEEN FUNDED AS PART OF THE WE THE PEOPLE PROGRAM.They range from small grants to help institutions begin preserving their collections to hefty challenge grants to help institutions expand and grow. Whether big...
Words Have Consequences
Robert E. Lee grew up, in modem terms, deprived of a father figure. Henry Lee III, aka Light Horse Harry, the colorful Revolutionary War hero and serially broke land speculator, abandoned his wife and children, leaving behind much debt and damage to...
Yodeling at Breakneck Speed
It drives you crazy," says Bucky Halker.After combing archives, listening to more than three thousand scratchy 78s, and grinding down any good will his wife once harbored toward the Irish jig, he was bogged down by record company indifference.Inspired...
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