Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 1, January/February

Abraham Lincoln: 12 February 1809 - 15 April 1865
Abraham Lincoln 12 February 1809 - 15 April 1865 Sixteenth president of the United States Sherman marched through Georgia and South Carolina, Union armies advanced on other fronts, and Grant tightened the vise near Richmond. The end of the war seemed...
Amarna: A Brief Flowering along the Nile
THE EGYPTIAN metropolis of Amarna flourished for just twenty years, but left its mark on the sun-baked plains along the Nile. Founded by Pharaoh Akhenaten, who abandoned Egypt's many gods for a kind of monotheism, the city of Amarna introduced rapid...
A Nation of Individuals
Endowment Chairman William R. Ferris talked recently with John A. Garraty about the soon-to-be-published AMERICAN NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY, ten years in the making. Garraty, the general editor along with Mark Carnes, discusses how the 17,500 entries were selected...
An Old Book Sheds New Light on an American Legend
"It's a book that never was," says Ted Franklin Belue of The Life of Daniel Boone. Its author, Lyman C. Draper, spent much of his adult life researching a biography of the famed frontiersman, but he never managed to publish it. Thanks to seven years...
Around the Nation
ARIZONA The Arizona Humanities Council teams up with museum and tourism professionals for the Heritage Tourism Project. In February, the team visits the Hopi Cultural Center at Second Mesa. Later visits will take place at the Tombstone Courthouse State...
Excerpts from the New American National Biography
The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti for the South Braintree murders was held in Dedham from 13 May to 14 July 1921. The atmosphere in court was transfused with the nativist and reactionary sentiments still pervading American society in the wake of the Red...
Letters from Ancient Egypt
Treasures from Egypt's royal tombs have forged vibrant images of the ancient culture, but have obscured the story of the common people living in their shadows. The NEH-funded volume Letters From Ancient Egypt, collected and translated by Edward Wente,...
Rachel Louise Carson: 27 May 1907 - 14 April 1964
Rachel Louise Carson 27 May 1907-14 April 1964 Writer and scientist Carson was fascinated by the ocean and its mysteries as well as by the shoreline of life between the sea and the land. Her nature writing enthralled millions of readers, introducing...
Reconsidering Rivera
"And what sort of man was I?" asks Diego Rivera toward the end of his autobiography, in the last year of his life. Indeed, with a life as rich in controversy as Rivera's, the ambiguous answers to that question continue to fascinate scholars of his work....
Sojourner Truth: Circa 1799 - 26 November 1883
Sojourner Truth circa 1799-26 November 1883 Black abolitionist and women's rights advocate Named Isabella by her parents, she took the name Sojourner Truth in 1842. As a child, Isabella belonged to a series of owners, the most memorable of whom were...
Tecumseh: Circa 1768 - 5 October 1813
Tecumseh circa 1768-5 October 1813 Shawnee chief The name Tecumseh, or more properly Tecumtha, signifying a celestial panther, reflected the dan affiliation inherited from his father. In his time, Shawnees were attempting to reunite in the Ohio Valley,...
The Irishness of Irish Painting
It was in a climate of cultural resurgence and the desire for nationhood that distinct threads emerged in Irish painting at the turn of the century. Before 1900 there was little that was truly Irish in Irish painting. But after 1900, as nationalist energies...
The Presence of the Past
POPULAR USES OF HISTORY IN AMERICAN LIFE HISTORY is the word that scholars privilege to describe how they approach the past. History conjured up something done by famous people that others studied in school; respondents said history was formal, analytical,...
The Voice of Nationism: One Hundred Years of Irish Theater
The rise of Irish nationalism at the end of the last century has inspired generations of Irish playwrights to draw upon their native traditions and define their country's violent political and social upheaval. During the nationalistic fervor of the 1890s,...
Voices of Our Past
VOICES OF OUR PAST Cleopatra. . Ptolemy. . . For centuries the world of the Pharaohs lay tantalizingly beyond our reach, offering magnificent but mute images of a vanished world. Then, two hundred years ago, a Frenchman on Napoleon's expedition to Egypt...
"When Memories Collide"
THE HISTORY OF NEW COME RS "America Is and always has been a nation of immigrants. Almost all of us trace our origins to distant lands. For four hundred years immigrants have landed on these shores from every corner of the globe." So begins the story...

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