American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 1, Spring

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America By Colin Woodard [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When politicians champion the concept of America as a union of united states, writes historian Colin Woodward, "they...
Battle of Mill Springs
SOUTHERN SOURCE Drake Account The Union victory at Mill Springs, Kentucky's second largest battle, ended a Confederate campaign in eastern part of the state. Illustrating the confusion that often envelops the battlefield, Confederate Gen. Felix...
Battle Pea Ridge
NORTHERN SOURCE Bussey Diary [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In early 1862, Gen. Samuel R. Curtis's Union Army of the Southwest pushed Confederate forces out of Missouri into northwestern Arkansas. Confederate Gen. Earl Van Dora attacked the Union...
Bruce Catton Tribute: Notes about the Famous Historian and American Heritage Editor
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To read some of the 167 stories that Bruce Catton wrote for this magazine, go to www.americanheritage.com and click on "authors." For decades, Yale history professor David Blight, an award-winning author and a preeminent...
Editor's Letter
From very personal experience I can tell you it's tough to sail against winds of change in publishing and the difficult economic times of recent years. After surmounting many challenges, our publishing company must end its run of 61 years. In its...
Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WESTERN MD Spruce Forest Artisan Village Located in the Appalachian Mountains, this site served as a thriving artist...
New Orleans Falls
SOUTHERN SOURCE Cable Magazine Story [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On April 124, 1862, a fierce naval bombardment by Flag Officer David G. Farragut's fleet crippled the ships and forts defending New Orleans, enabling Union forces to capture the city...
Proud to Be a Mill Girl: New England Industrialists Hired Thousands of Young Farm Girls to Work Together in Early Textile Mills-And Spawned a Host of Unintended Consequences
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN JUNE 1833 PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON, visiting the brand-new factory town of Lowell, Massachusetts, watched as 2,500 female mill workers marched past the balcony of his hotel. The "mile of gals," as one male observer dubbed...
Putting History in Its Place: How Digital Mapping Changes the Way We See the Past
WHEN PAUL JASKOT, a historian of architecture and art at DePaul University in Chicago, started researching the design of Nazi concentration camps, he confronted immense stacks of archival materials. The Germans, after all, were meticulous record keepers...
Shiloh
NORTHERN SOURCE Sherman Letter [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Intending to drive a wedge into the Confederacy, General Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Tennessee pushed into Tennessee on the Tennessee River, landing at Pittsburg Landing and camping...
Song of Freedom
NORTHERN SOURCE New York Daily Tribune In winter 1861, the American Missionary Association sent Rev. Lewis C. Lockwood to minister to former slaves who had sought sanctuary at the Union-run Fort Monroe on the eastern tip of the Virginia Peninsula....
The Day When We Almost Lost the Army: Debate over America's Involvement in World War II Came to a Head in July 1941 as the Senate Argued over a Draft Extension Bill. the Decision Would Have Profound Consequences for the Nation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON JULY 19, 1941, when Gen. George Catlett Marshall, Army chief of staff, stepped before the Senate Committee on Military Affairs, his gray civilian suit could not disguise the proud bearing of a soldier and commander of men....
The Sage of Black Rock: CBS News Anchor Walter Cronkite Underwent a Dramatic Change of Heart during the Vietnam War-And in Doing So, Changed the Face of Broadcast Journalism
ON FEBRUARY 6, 1965, Vietcong guerrillas attacked the U.S. base at Pleiku, killing eight American soldiers and wounding 126. The Johnson administration quickly retaliated, commencing another vicious cycle of lightning reprisals and military escalations....
Treason! Aaron Burr's 1807 Trial Challenged the Constitution
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN LATE MARCH 1807 Aaron Burr arrived in Richmond, Virginia, in a vile mood, filthy and stinking. He had just endured a month of hard travel under heavy guard through the dense forests of the Southeast. "It is not easy for...