Brenda Wineapple is the author, most recently, of White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Her new book, Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877, is forthcoming from Harper.
Frustrated, stubborn, committed to bad science, was Louis Agassiz anything other than a laughingstock?
Capes, torches, secret meetings! Adam Goodheart’s 1861 tells the story of the unyielding idealism awakened by the Civil War.
At the utopian community of Fruitlands, vegetables were not only eaten. They were also imitated.
"There is such a thing as a moral atmosphere." So said Violet Gibson, the woman who shot Mussolini.