Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1, January/February

Arguing the World
When I think about New York Intellectuals, and specifically these four New York Intellectuals, what distinguishes them from their academic peers is a way of thinking about the world. -Michael Walzer, political philosopher Lunchroom chat is commonplace,...
Around the Nation: State by State
ARIZONA A new play, bus tours, an exhibition, and a conference are part of the continuing series "Transforming Barbed Wire," about the two largest Japanese American internment camps in Arizona during World War II. See page 34. DELAWARE The Grapes of...
A Sense of Place
William R. Ferris is the new Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He served for eighteen years as founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. He is co-editor of the ENCYCLOPEDIA...
Friars, Soldiers, and Settlers
A NEW WEBSITE TRACKS SPAIN'S EXPEDITIONS TO CALIFORNIA IN 1774, A SPANISH MILITARY officer set off with twenty soldiers, a dozen servants, and a herd of two hundred cattle intent on finding an overland route from Mexico to Mission San Gabriel in California....
From the Accounts of Walter Colton
Walter Colton (1797 - 1851) was born in Vermont and shipped out to California in 1846 as a chaplain with the U.S. Navy. He was consular agent of Montery and soon won the confidence of the town's Spanish-speaking residents; they elected him alcalde two...
Gold Fever!
IN CALIFORNIA CHANGED BEYOND IMAGINING. FROM COLOMA, A QUIET VALE IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE SIERRA NEVADA, STORIES SPREAD OF MEN FINDING GOLD--AND MORE GOLD. WEEK BY WEEK THE CANIT-BE-BELIEVED NEWS PROVED TO BE WONDERFULLY TRUE. FROM COASTAL VILLAGES AND...
"History Alive!"
JUANA BRIONES. One of the most prominent women in early California, and one of most successful in the American period. Juana Briones grew up as the daughter of the commandant of the Presidio at San Francisco and, with her husband, was one of the first...
"I Have Seen the Elephant"
EVEN BEFORE THEY REACHED CALIFORNIA'S GOLDFIELDS, THE FORTY-NINERS IN SEARCH OF EASY RICHES HAD PARTLY "SEEN THE ELEPHANT." THE ADVENTURERS WHO SURVIVED THE TRIP WOULD SEE A LOT MORE OF IT BEFORE THEY MADE A FORTUNE OR WENT BUST. In the nineteenth century,...
John Sutter's Story
Im 1834 AT THE AGE OF THIRTY-ONE, JOHN AUGUSTUS SUTTER left Switzerland for New York, leaving behind mounting debts and a young family. He spent time in St. Louis, Santa Fe, Oregon, and Hawaii before arriving in San Francisco in 1839. He acquired an...
Knight the People's Poet
Etheridge Knight had been saved by poetry," wrote fellow poet Yusef Komunyakaa about the black veteran and convict who was reborn as a poet. Komunyakaa is one of the lecturers in a series at Butler University honoring Knight, an Indianapolis poet who...
Passage from India
How Westerners Rewrote Gandhi's Message FIFTY YEARS AGO this January, Mahatma Gandhi was shot down in a prayer garden in New Delhi. He was seventy-nine years old and had lived to see India win independence from Britain. His leadership of India's masses...
The Courageous
A Conversation With . . . MALCOLM J. ROHRBOUGH When editor Mary Lou Beatty talked recently with Malcolm J. Rohrbough, author of DAYS OF GOLD, the conversation turned to the implications of the Gold Rush for the rest of the nation. Mary Lou Beatty: You...
The Gold Rush
The letters speak eloquently across a distance of 150 years. Gold in California! Heading west, William Wilson writes his family in the flatland of Missouri: "Men who could build a rail-road to the moon perhaps could build one over these mountains, but...
Transforming Barbed Wire
In Arizona, the detention camps for Japanese Americans during World War II were distinct from others around the country: They were built on tribal land. The two, Poston and Gila River, are the centerpieces for the Arizona Humanities Council's series...
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