Magazine article Humanities

Editor's Note

Magazine article Humanities

Editor's Note

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The death of Ursula K. Le Guin a year ago focused attention on this profoundly imaginative writer, even as several efforts to take the measure of her extraordinary career were already under way. The Library of America, starting in 2016, has brought out four volumes of Le Guin's work. An excellent documentary, funded by NEH and supported directly by a horde of Le Guin fans, is set to air on public television later this year. Julie Phillips is working on a biography of the writer, and offers her thoughts on Le Guin and the place of place in her world-building fantasy fiction.

Vast early America is another place visited in this issue. Historian Karin Wulf, who coined the phrase, explores the scholarly trend that examines pre-1776 American history not simply by the light of what was to come with the American Revolution and westward expansion of the United States. Instead, Wulf and other scholars are training their eyes on how trade and conflict bound together a conglomeration of peoples-Native American, African, and European-across a large and contested geography.

In this issue, NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede reflects on the career of Cecil J. Williams, whose photographs of the civil rights movement provide a moving chronicle of the struggle for equal rights and respect in South Carolina. …

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