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?
How can we respond to the recent increase in racism? One way could be to acknowledge our shared implicit bias, then tell stories to help overcome it.
Since the 1980s the wealthy in the US have steadily pulled away from the rest of the country while the other classes have stagnated. The works of Adam Smith and John Adams have some suggestions to help us democratize.
Misconceptions about the ideas of Adam Smith continue to this day. He never advocated an amoral free market economy, and knew that government would have to play a large role in protecting the weak against the strong.