Brenda Wineapple is a member of the editorial board of The American Scholar. She is the author of Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877.
Andrew Johnson beat the charges against him by a single vote, but what did the nation lose?
by Brenda Wineapple | Monday, March 04, 2019
After the Civil War, both women and black men struggled to win the vote. Why the men succeeded
by Brenda Wineapple | Monday, June 10, 2013
Thomas Eakins, yearning for the ideal in a materialistic age
by Brenda Wineapple | Friday, December 01, 2006
by Brenda Wineapple | Monday, June 02, 2014
The mythology of a madman
by Brenda Wineapple | Thursday, August 25, 2011
In the 19th century, American writers struggled to discover who they were and who we are
by Brenda Wineapple | Tuesday, June 01, 2010
A writer catalogs his great-grandfather’s infamous crimes