Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 5, September/October

A Forgotten Hero in a Forgotten War
When Americans consider the War of 1812, they may think of Francis Scott Key watching the unsuccessful British attack on Fort McHenry or of the USS Constitution thwarting ships of the world's most powerful navy in its "second war of independence." When...
Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsARIZONAThe University of Arizona's Center for Latin American Studies launches "The Borderlands Film Series: Beyond the Border" on Sept. 9 at theaters and community centers in Tucson. Each...
Calendar
Endowment-Supported EventsArtists' imaginations and scientific findings often acted in tandem in the sixteenth century. Illustrations by Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius, and George Brentel the younger, to name a few, advanced knowledge of earth and...
Combat Artist
SOUTH DAKOTA GOYA'S THE DISASTERS OF WAR hauntingly documented the Spanish resistance to Napoleon's forces. Mathew Brady's photographs of the Civil War exposed gruesome battlefields. German painter Otto Dix reproduced the nightmare of World War I in...
Editor's Note
When you work on magazines, reading and rereading articles, you become alert to weird little coincidences. Three stories in a single issue will mention corduroy or the Napoleonic Code or Ernest Hemingway, and you may even consider removing one of thé...
GOING DRY: The Coming of Probibition
AMERICANS HAVE LONG BEEN IN LOVE WTTH THE JAZZ Age, and who can blame us? The Great Gatsby. Al Capone. The Charleston. Louis Armstrong. Flappers. Speakeasies. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, it was when the United States came into its own, and could determine...
Impertinent Questions WITH C. WAYNE MILLER
In 1965, as a freshman senator from Rhode Island, Claiborne Pel! (1918-2009) championed legislation to create the National Endowment for the Humanities. Pell went on to serve six terms in the Senate, for An Uncommon Man: The Life and Times of Senator...
In Focus: New York's Sara Ogger
"THERE," SHE SAYS, POINTING AT THE SKYSCRAPER beyond her office window, "I recently saw a kestrel strike a songbird midair and take it over to that windowsill to ruffle off its' feathers." Sara Ogger sits back in her chair, seventeen floors above the...
Just Deserters
PENNSYLVANIA IN THE EARLY HOURS OF DECEMBER 13, 1864, twenty-five soldiers surrounded the home of Tom Adams, the leader of an armed band in Knox, Pennsylvania. Drunk and caught by surprise, the bandits surrendered, except for Adams, who dashed upstairs...
Property of Tennessee Williams
A FEW YEARS AGO, I WAS POKING AROUND IN OUR university archives, when I happened to spot a small classical statue with a lovely green patina in a glass case by the back wall. "What's that?" I asked, and was told it was a nineteenth-century replica of...
Seashore Farmers
VIRGINIA MANY OF THE ORAL HISTORIES LEE BLOXOM has recorded of farmers who lived on the Eastern Shore of Virginia during the 1930s and '40s deal with the minutiae of everyday farm life - how to plant a sweet potato or kill a hog. But undergirding their...
Taylor-Made History
Of all the names that are associated with Memphis, Tennessee - Aretha Franklin, B. B. King, Elvis Presley - Lonzie Odie Taylor isn't one that rolls off the tongue. But "L. O.," as he was often called, preserved an otherwise undocumented slice of its...
The Circus You Never Know
NEW YORK "IN THE 1850s, THE circus overlapped with theater, minstrelsy, and lectures in a bubbling stew of adult fare, full oí near-nudity and racy jokes, of violence, and public affairs," writes David Carlyon, author of the book, Dan Rice: The Most...
The Civil War to a Seventh Grader
TO GET TO THE CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELD OF BALL'S BLUFF, you meander through a residential subdivision called Potomac Crossing on the outskirts of Leesburg, Virginia, past streets called Shanks Evans Road and Stone Court, named after the Confederate and...
They'll Always Have Paris
When Woodrow Wilson stepped aboard the USS George Washington on December 4, 1918, he was still a mere mortal: a president struggling to uplift his weary country after a divisive and bloody world war. But he arrived in Brest, France, nine days later,...
When the Slave-Catcher Came to Town
From Daniel J. Sharfsteins The Invisible Line, which chronicles the sometimes brutal history of three families as they journey, over the course of generations, across American color lines.Oberlin, Ohio, September 1858Abig man stands out in a small town....
WORDS OF AMERICA: A Field Guide
THE American story is told in American words, the words in journalism, novels, poems, films, diaries, letters, everyday conversation, tweets, and the back-porch tales one generation tells another. Each American word has its own story too, and America...
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