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The Kid Who Didn’t Stand

Ellery Schempp, A62, was just 16 when he challenged Bible readings and prayer in his high school. The Supreme Court case that ensued, a landmark in First Amendment law, banished organized religious activities from public schools. Officially, anyway. BY STEPHEN D. SOLOMON

God Bless Amerigo

In fourteen hundred and ninety-nine, Vespucci sailed across the brine. Who’d have thought this Johnny-come-lately with the inflated résumé—rather than his pal Columbus—would have an entire hemisphere named after him? Yet somehow the name fits, says his biographer. BY FELIPE FERNÁNDEZ-ARMESTO, PRINCE OF ASTURIAS PROFESSOR OF HISTORY

Additional Features Oceans of Light, The Best Things Since Sliced Bread

Columns Connoisseur: Learn from the Label, Kids These Days: Spare the Rod?, Animal Instincts: When Dogs Are Driven, Negotiating Life: Building Relationships

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