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Celebrating the day the United States Constitution was signed, on September 17, 1787, and sent to the individual states for debate and ratification.

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Afropop Worldwide discusses the music and legacy of Nigerian artist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, a founder of the Afrobeat music style. Fela was known for his non-conformist style, both musically and in…

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In this episode of BackStory, hosts Brian Balogh and Lizzie Peabody investigate an explosive history: the use of dynamite in the United States.

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Meanings of, and access to, U.S. citizenship have changed over time. In this episode of BackStory, learn more about how citizenship has been expanded, limited, challenged, and revoked in…

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In this episode of BackStory, listen to a compilation of some of the show's coverage of Black history, created in honor of Black History Month.

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Though Albert Bierstadt and Richard Diebenkorn created these paintings almost 100 years apart, they create a similar sensation of pilgrimage and uplift. Both painted scenes from the West Coast and…

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Learn more about N.C. Wyeth's cover illustration for The Last of the Mohicans and Norman Rockwell's painting, "The Freedom of Speech" in this Picturing America video.

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Learn about the changing styles of silver teapots in the United States, from the colonial period to the 20th century.

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Learn more about the Brooklyn Bridge and two artistic representations of it in this video from Picturing America.

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Study Thomas Hart Benton's "The Sources of Country Music" and George Bingham's "The County Election," analyzing their representation of American democracy and public life.

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Learn about one of New York City's iconic skyscrapers with this video from Picturing America.

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Learn about Edward Hopper's painting "House by the Railroad" with Picturing America.

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Dorothea Lange's photograph of a migrant woman in Nipomo, California has become one of the most iconic and easily-recognizable images of the Great Depression. Learn more about the photograph, and…

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Learn about the different traditions that have shaped American quiltmaking in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Reflect on the relationship between the natural and built environments with works by Charles Sheeler and Frank Lloyd Wright.

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The Civil War was a devastating conflict. Hundreds of thousands of people died, and those veterans that survived the war faced the prospect of returning to "normal life." Augustus Saint-Gauden's "…

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This NEH-supported interview with Ernie LaPointe, great-grandson of Sitting Bull and author of Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy, and Cedric Good House, discusses the Lakota leader's life…

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Blues legend and son of sharecroppers B.B. King performs "The Thrill is Gone" at the White House in 2012.

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In this episode of Afropop Worldwide, you'll hear some of the most famous and popular music of the Harlem Renaissance, as well as learn about the social and cultural institutions that brought…

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This episode of BackStory discusses the ways people in the U.S. have responded to technological changes over the centuries, highlighting that suspicion of such changes is often reasonable…

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The Black Archives of Mid-America, located in Kansas City, Missouri, was founded by Horace Peterson III in 1974. Today, the Black Archives houses some of the most important sources related to the…

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In this brief episode of BackStory, learn about the black women mathematicians who played critical roles in the U.S. space program despite facing constant discrimination and racism.

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Professor James O'Hara, a Trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, discusses an NEH-funded project to digitize the Society's library of rare, out-of-print, and fragile books about Supreme…

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Dr. Rita Charon delivered the 2018 Jefferson Lecture, titled, "To See the Suffering: The Humanities Have What Medicine Needs," on Monday, October 15, 2018. In her lecture, Dr. Charon meditates on…

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This episode of BackStory examines how women have influenced politics in the United States. From bread riots during the Civil War to the suffrage movement to campaigns for the Presidency…

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In this American Radio Works podcast and website, partially funded by NEH,  Stephen Smith presents the story of Thurgood Marshall's remarkable career. In 1967, Marshall became the first African…

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Wendell Berry delivered the 2012 Jefferson Lecture on April 23, 2012. He speaks of the importance of place in cultivating responsible relationships to the world: only if we are able to imagine our…

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Drew Gilpin Faust, historian and first female president of Harvard University, delivered the 2011 Jefferson Lecture.

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Ken Burns delivered the 2016 Jefferson Lecture on May 9, 2016.

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Martha C. Nussbaum delivered the 2017 Jefferson lecture, titled, "Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame" on May 1, 2017.