Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous speech, The American Scholar is the quarterly magazine of public affairs, literature, science, history, and culture published by the Phi Beta Kappa Society since 1932.
Slouching Toward Tyranny
The AMERICAN SCHOLAR
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Wildfires in the Wilderness
WORKS IN PROGRESS
The Baptismal Bowl
Every Letter Is a Love Letter • You take time to write only when you care
Putin’s Potemkin Paradise • THE TROUBLING APPEAL OF RUSSIA’S BLEND OF POLITICAL REPRESSION AND BOURGEOIS COMFORT
The China Model • ITS ECONOMIC SUCCESS AND REJECTION OF DEMOCRATIC VALUES HAVE ENGAGED LEADERS ACROSS THE GLOBE
The Birth of Black Power • STOKELY CARMICHAEL AND THE SPEECH THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Unsentimental Education • MARY WARE DENNETT’S QUEST TO MAKE CONTRACEPTION—AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT SEX—AVAILABLE TO ALL
Jacques Barzun and Friend • WHAT DID A DISTINGUISHED HISTORIAN, AND POSSIBLY A GREAT MAN, SEE IN AN UNKEMPT YOUNG WOULD-BE WRITER?
Natural Magic • MODERN MEDICINE’S ROOTS IN ALCHEMY, ASTRONOMY, AND THE APOTHECARY SHOP
Obscura No More • HOW PHOTOGRAPHY ROSE FROM THE MARGINS OF THE ART WORLD TO OCCUPY ITS VITAL CENTER
The Baddest Man in Town • On the trail of a historical figure immortalized in African-American folklore
Artist of Excess • The man who painted his century’s nightmare
When Ideas Mattered • How “freedom from” became “freedom to”
Swimming the River of Song • How a young scholar demystified the ancient oral tradition
Surviving the Anthropocene • Can we reverse-engineer our way out of catastrophe?
Seconds from Midnight • Busting the myth that skilled diplomacy saved the world
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS • If you’re dead or fictional, we’re the dating service for you!