Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 6, November/December

A Nation on the March
HE BEGAN HIS MUSICAL studies as a violinist at the age of seven. He tried to run away as a circus musician when he was thirteen, and his father enlisted him in the marines. He took leadership of the U.S. Marine Band when he was twenty-six; after a successful...
Episodes with Liberty!
EPISODE ONE The Reluctant Revolutionaries In 1763, American colonists are happily British and proud of the personal liberties granted them as members of the British Empire. The French have left North America and the future looks as bountiful as the continent...
History Meets Hollywood
A new website devoted to the teaching of the Amistad incident is being produced by Mystic Seaport, where, earlier this year, director Steven Spielberg filmed part of his new movie, starring Morgan Freeman, about the incident. Spielberg was able to use...
How Opera Invaded America
BRITISH TROOPS BROUGHT THEATER TO BOSTON, the Intelectual capital of New England puritanism. te een stationed there since 1768 to protect customs officials from harassment. Under British law, the local antitheater regulations of 1750 were discarded....
Jazz Takes a Pivotal Turn
Bebop coincided with the beginning of World War II, bringing a period in which black musicians began to disengage from the Swing Era. Scott DeVeaux describes two of the musicians who shaped the movement Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were polar opposites....
Liberty!
WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN INSOLENT to British soldiers in Boston in 1774? Would you have stood with the rabble-rouser Thomas Paine against "the sceptered savage of Great Britain," King George III? People think they have the makings of a revolutionary, "but...
Music in America
Are there history lessons to be learned from music? In this issue of Humanities we take an eclectic trip through a piece of American culture, from the arrival of opera with British troops in the eighteenth century to the exporting of jazz worldwide in...
State by State
A ROUNDUP OF ACTIVITIES OF STATE HUMANITIES COUNCILS AROUND THE COUNTRY DURING NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER. ARIZONA During World War II, two Japanese internment camps-Gila River and Poston-were the third and fourth largest cities in Arizona. The legacy of...
Straddling Two Worlds: Paul Robeson
"I must keep fightin' until I'm dyin'," Paul Robeson sang, changing the original Show Boat lyric-"I'm tired of livin' and feared of dyin"-and transforming a song about passive acceptance into a militant anthem. He was signaling a turn in career that...
Ten Who Make a Difference
rock star, an investment banker, a novelist, and an oral historian are among the ten winners of new National Humanities Medals bestowed by the President of the United States. The medals honor individuals who have stimulated and expanded public understanding...
The French Connection
THE WORKS OF FRENCH ARTIST JEAN DESPUJOLS REVEAL AN Indochina that would soon be lost to World War II. In an exhibition in Shreveport, Louisiana, never-before-seen photographs of rural Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos taken by Despujols between 1937 and 1938...
The Making of American Music
I Music historian Richard Crawford talked recently with HUMANITIES editor Mary Lou Beatty about America's distinctive stamp on music. A professor of music history at the University of Michigan, Crawford is the author of THE AMERICAN MUSICAL LANDSCAPE...
The Music: An American Mix
In Porgy and Bess, Gershwin emulates the African American musician who brings intensity to his performance by means of several techniques: alternating lyrical, percussive, and raspy timbres; juxtaposing vocal and instrumental textures; changing pitch...
The Tumultuous Life of Porgy and Bess
Porgy and Bess reflects the odyssey of the African American in American Culture. Lawrence Levine Porgy and Bess belongs in a museum and no self-repecting African American should want to see it, or be seen in it. Harold Cruse While Porgy and Bess has...

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