New today from the Century:
- Stephanie Paulsell on a 1930s photo project about the Shaker villages: "Photographer Noel Vicentini captured the end of the Shaker paradise, Eden going to seed. He seemed especially interested in places of joining." (subscription required)
- David Heim on William Jennings Bryan: "At a major party's political convention 100 years ago, a fundamentalist Christian made an impassioned speech. It was not what you might expect."
- Jim Smucker reviews John Knapp's book on the church and businesspeople (subscription required)
- On Obama and the need to be twice as good and half as black
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