Tag Archives: Ben Railton

Five Under-read World War I Works

In early 1918, the first U.S. soldiers arrived in France to join the Allied forces [...]

Why We Should All Read Sarah Piatt’s Poems

In the late 1850s, when a young Sarah Morgan Bryan began to publish her poems in [...]


The Wonderful Wizardry of Children’s Books

Recently, my sons and I enjoyed the unique pleasure of losing ourselves for a few [...]

Why We Should All Read The Squatter and the Don

Classic American literature can sometimes feel as distant in time as it does in style [...]

Why We Should All Read America is in the Heart

Carlos Bulosan's unique, compelling, shattering, and deeply moving autobiographical novel based on his experiences as [...]

Five Books That Can Help Us Find Hope

There’s no doubt that it is a dark and divided moment in American society—one that [...]

William Apess’ “Looking-Glass”: Why We Should All Read It

Throughout American history, countless have left their mark on society with their words. William Apess [...]

Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Horrors of Salem

On images of the Salem Witch Trials in historical romance, horror, and collective memory. Nathaniel [...]


Why We Should All Read Sui Sin Far

A century before Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, and Gish Jen, Sui Sin Far wrote [...]

Why We Should All Read Charles Chesnutt

Today, we take a closer look at the life and works of Charles Chesnutt. You [...]

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