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Smarter than a 6th grader? I don’t think so. Yesterday, I witnessed my son reading a selection from John Burroughs’ The Art of Seeing Things, the 19th century American naturalist who helped popularize the U.S. conservation movement. And, I was caught off guard by the clarity and beauty of this author’s writing. But, just as...

On August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment was ratified by Congress, declaring that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Harper, and many...

Smarter than a 6th grader? I don’t think so. Yesterday, I witnessed my son reading a selection from John Burroughs’ The Art of Seeing Things, the 19th century American naturalist who helped popularize the U.S. conservation movement. And, I was caught off guard by the clarity and beauty of this author’s writing. But, just as...

As today is the birthday of Louis Armstrong (b. 1901), it seems an appropriate moment to highlight that great American musical idiom of Jazz. Certainly the syncopation and rhythms of jazz music have swept the globe and shaped modern music, perhaps more than any other influence.     Emanuel Harrold has a helpful catalogue of the various ways...