The path of hurricane Earl up the East Coast may bring fear and panic instead of calm preparation. Coastal residents can adopt an attitude that can meet nature's challenges.
For many people, the last Thursday of November is one of faith, feasting, family, friends, football, and fun. But it's also a measure of the American character for generosity.
One of our most thorough historians reexamines some early American icons.
George Herring deconstructs US foreign policy.
The Monitor's language columnist considers whether it's possible to sound too much like a local.
US exceptionalism had largely been seen here as a messianic rationale for use of power by a nation assuming special prerogatives.
Sarah Vowell offers her witty take on the Puritans who settled the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.