Tag Archives: Frederick Jackson Turner

Everything except the squeal

We often forget how much has changed in one century. Here are some pertinent facts: in 1888, Jacob August Riis, an immigrant from Denmark, would photograph and write How the Other Half Lives. They didn’t live well. The U.S. Census … Continue reading

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Why There Is No Great American Novel

As Black History Month approaches, I’d like to ask you to look at literary history and ask, ‘Why is there no great American novel?’ I understand that many readers will scan their shelves and rush to the contrary that there … Continue reading

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The Pagan’s Creed

“Have you ever heard anything about God, Topsy?” The child looked bewilder’d, but grinned as usual. “Do you know who made you?” “Nobody, as I knows on,” said the child, with a short laugh. The idea appeared to amuse her … Continue reading

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