You can’t read Stephen Vincent Benét without recognizing his faith in the promise of the America. Catch up on this middlebrow writer well worth a re-read.
One observation after fifty years spent observing historical trends: we live in perilous times.
Underrated and underread: the work of Mexican feminist writer Rosario Castellanos can be considered a literary act of resistance, a way of carving out a female space in public intellectual life.
Middlebrow writer Edna Ferber’s 1929 novel Cimarron puts forward questions as relevant today as they were when the novel was first published.
The work of 20th century middlebrow writers like Booth Tarkington is in danger of being forgotten. But it shouldn’t be.
Is patriotism America’s civil religion? Is it, even, a means of reproducing inequality? Francesco Duina conducted in-depth interviews of the patriotic poor in Montana and Alabama, and came away with more questions than answers.
Cemeteries are more than final resting places: they can serve as opportunities for students, historians, and community members to learn about history in new and interesting ways—especially in Massachusetts.
Nine out of ten poor Americans are patriotic, despite facing very difficult circumstances. But not all are.
King Philip’s War was a bloody conflict that involved every New England colony and all the peoples of the Algonquian nation, yet this history remains almost invisible in Boston. It may be time to recognize it.
Poor Americans are hurting, facing wage stagnation, worse social benefits and less social mobility than the citizens of many other industrialized countries. Yet they’re more patriotic than ever. Why?