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Benét and Time Well Spent

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.

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Literature as Resistance: The Works of Rosario Castellanos

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.

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Edna Ferber’s Cimarron

Middlebrow writer Edna Ferber’s 1929 novel Cimarron puts forward questions as relevant today as they were when the novel was first published.

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Rediscovering Middlebrow

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The work of 20th century middlebrow writers like Booth Tarkington is in danger of being forgotten. But it shouldn’t be.

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Patriotism as Civil Religion

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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.

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Poor and Disillusioned in America

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Nine out of ten poor Americans are patriotic, despite facing very difficult circumstances. But not all are.

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Poverty and American Pride

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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?

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Adam Smith & Fake News

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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.

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What the Public Humanities Can Mean for Immigrant Communities

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Nigerian basketball star Charles Okwandu on how the public humanities can help immigrants feel at home while honoring their nations’ histories and cultures.

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The Death of an Industry, But Not a Town

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Gardner was once the chair-making capital of the world but has now been virtually abandoned by industry. One Mass Humanities grantee is using the power of history to help people make sense of their situation, heal, and rebuild the community.

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