An article on the front page of the May 26, 1866 issue of Harper’s Weekly reported that, “There was in Memphis on the first two days of May an excitement unequaled since the close of the war.” The riot that provoked that “excitement,” has been largely forgotten, even though, as Stephen Ash’s new book, A Massacre […]
It is curious that while so many of our most important relationships are both promoted and protected by law and society – friendship is notably passed over. We go out of our way to accommodate the rights and privileges of the family, and special professional relationships, like the ones we have with our lawyers, doctors, […]
We tend to think of the Civil War as a uniquely American event; a war waged within our borders that defined the fate of the country. We rarely think of it as an international war, but the Union and the Confederacy knew that their fates were closely tied to whether Britain, France, and Spain would […]
Christopher Von der Ahe knew next to nothing about baseball when he bought the bankrupt St Louis Browns in 1882. Von der Ahe picked up the team for one simple reason—to sell more beer. Then, convinced that the preeminent National League was missing an opportunity, he and a band of saloonkeepers, brewers and distillers created […]
Amy Elizabeth Smith teaches writing and literature at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Her book, <em>All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year Long Journey with Jane</em> was published by Sourcebooks. <em>Booklist</em> called the book, “a fun twist on the fascination with all things Jane.” A lifetime member of JASNA (The Jane Austen Society of North America), she has been publishing scholarly articles for years, but this is her first venture into travel writing.
Clair Brown is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. An economist whose life-long interest in issues of work and economic justice has informed her research and writing, she is a past Director of the Institute of Industrial Relations at Berkeley, and Chair […]
Edward Struzik is an award-winning writer and the eight-time winner of the Canadian Science Writers Association Science in Society Journalism Award, A long time writer for the Edmonton Journal, he is frequently called upon to write and speak about Arctic issues.
Ellen Langer is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Her work focuses on the illusion of control, aging, decision-making, and mindfulness theory. Ellen’s books include Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility, Mindfulness, The Power of Mindful Learning, and On Becoming an Artist. She also is the author of over 200 research articles and six academic books, work […]
Paul and Marie Pireaud, a young peasant couple from southwest France, were newlyweds when World War I erupted. With Paul in the army from 1914 through 1919, they were forced to conduct their marriage mostly by correspondence. Drawing upon the hundreds of letters they wrote, Martha Hanna tells their moving story and reveals a powerful […]
The Gulf of Mexico may not officially be an ocean, but in The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, historian Jack Davis makes the compelling case for it being very much its own sea, one that is very different from the Atlantic. And as the most American sea – with its shores shared only with […]
Most people would feel a great loss if elephants, rhinos, or gorillas were to become extinct, but would we willingly move our families, change our means of earning a living, and disrupt our culture to prevent their extinction? People living in rural Africa are being asked to do just this by the world community. The Myth […]
Matchmakers have been around forever – there’s seemingly always been a need for a business that brings together people looking to marry. But until relatively recently, we didn’t recognize that many other kinds of businesses – from Airbnb and American Express to Tencent and Visa – are matchmakers, too. And these businesses operate under a […]
Nancy Lusignan Schultz, Ph.D. is chairperson and professor of English, Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts.. In addition to her numerous published articles and reviews, she is the editor of Fear Itself: Enemies Real and Imagined in American Culture, a historical survey of fear and paranoia in American culture. She also wrote the introduction for Veil […]
Lauren Sklaroff is Associate Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and a leading scholar of American cultural history. She is interested in all elements of popular culture, and the history of race and ethnicity in the US. A native of Philadelphia, she graduated from Wellesley College, receiving her Masters and Doctoral degrees from […]
Patricia Brady is a social and cultural historian, who served as director of publications at the Historic New Orleans Collection for twenty years. She is the author of A Being So Gentle, published by Palgrave, which tells the story of the marriage of Rachel and Andrew Jackson. Her previous book, Martha Washington: An American Life was published by Viking. […]
W. M. Adams (Bill) holds the Moran Chair of Conservation and Development in the University of Cambridge, where he has taught about conservation and the environmental development since the 1980s. He has a masters degree in Conservation from University College London, and a PhD in Geography from Cambridge. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate […]