Articles tagged american history

The Civil War’s ‘Young Napoleon’: An Interview with Richard Slotkin

Renowned cultural critic and historian Richard Slotkin discusses his new book, The Long Road to Antietam, and shares his thoughts on the future of American Studies. He indulges us with his favorite movies, too.

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‘The President is a Sick Man’: Delightfully Underhanded Stories of Deception and Manipulation

Matthew Algeo's engaging book takes an obscure piece of history and crafts it into an engrossing narrative.

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Art and the American Evolution: The Arts of the Americas Wing at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

In America, art tells the story of an early predominance of classical European ideals, the emergence of a national identity amidst civil war, and the melting-pot existentialism that dominated a media-obsessed 20th century.

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The Civil War and the Uneasy Fabric of American Identity

America's obsession with the Civil War reveals not-so-invisible wounds that linger to this day in the landscape and the nation's psyche.

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Lynd Ward and Walt Disney: Illustrators of America’s Tumultuous History

Much as Walt Disney would do with his famed television programs of the '50s and '60s, Lynd Ward used his talents with watercolor, oil, brush and ink, mezzotint, and lithography to illustrate hundreds of inspiring historical biographies of true-life American heroes for children to admire and emulate.

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1 Feb 2011 // 9:00 PM

The Urinal:  A Brief Functional and Aesthetic History

How the history of the urinal is the history of America.

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Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln by John Stauffer

In John Stauffer's capable hands, the tug-of-war between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass is a study in the evolution of both a friendship and a political world view.

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East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler

Butler's book illustrates the fact that Amelia Earhart became the embodiment of adventurous spirit because she was such a formidable force.

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Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885-1940 by Chad Heap

If you want to understand race and sexuality in the United States, don't bother with policy -- look at entertainment!

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Leaving India by Minal Hajratwala

“Each time we move, we must leave something of ourselves behind; perhaps then the map of a Diaspora consists, like a constellation, mainly of gaps.”

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Meriwether Lewis by Thomas C. Danisi

Danisi and Jackson claim a definitive explanation for Lewis' dramatic final act, and move to dispel the more sensationalist and macabre embellishments that have tarnished his reputation in the 200 years since his death.

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Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, by John Stauffer

Stauffer demonstrates in amusing and enlightening fashion the pivotal role fisticuffs and fighting had in helping Lincoln and Douglass define themselves and take control of their fates.

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It Still Moves by Amanda Petrusich

Petrusich is not concerned with how many records are sold or what tactics artists use in the studio. Her approach is more intangible, hence more emotionally tactile.

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The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

American Exceptionalism has the potential to spur great innovation and bring about profound change, yet it can also be a destructive, insular force that pits the country against those who dare question its authority.

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The United Symbolism of America by Robert Hieronimus and Laura Cortner

The symbols aren’t sinister -- we’ve just forgotten how to read them. These days, if something isn’t clear in a literal sense, it is inherently suspicious.

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A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans by Michael Farquhar

You may be galvanized to the point that you grab foolish historical forgetfulness by the throat and form a William J. Burns awareness society.

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The Jamestown Project by Karen Ordahl Kupperman

For as long as it's been a part of history, the colony at Jamestown has been a bit of an older, ugly stepsister compared to the Pilgrims at Plymouth.

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1 Aug 2007 // 10:00 PM

American Food Writing by Molly ONeill [Editor]

Any food lover will tell you that to learn about a culture, one can do no better than to pull up a chair and pick up a fork.

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16 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Fabric of America by Andro Linklater

Linklater offers an account of the extent to which clearly demarcated boundaries, of both the states and the nation, contributed to the formation of the American character.

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17 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Jamestown Project by Karen Ordahl Kupperman

All nations need foundation tales. If they don't exist, it's necessary to invent them. And if the real story doesn't play well, foundation myths come in handy. At least until the real story comes back to bite.

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