American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 4, July

American and the Holocaust
The United States and FDR watched the extermination of the Jews with such total indifference that they were actually accomplices--or so says a growing number of historians. Is this true? IT WAS WINSTON CHURCHILL'S JUDGMENT THAT THE HOLOCAUST "was...
God's Handprint
Beautiful scenery abounds in the southern tier of New York's Finger Lakes, but so does rich history, all intimately tied to the land BOOSTERS ANYWHERE WILL ARGUE THAT THEIR HOME FEELS like a little slice of heaven, but western New York's more stalwart...
Hot Rods Redux
Decades after they were first cobbled together by enthusiastic amateurs, they are coming to be recognized as perhaps the supreme folk art of the American century THE SCENE WAS FAINTLY OUTRAGEOUS. PURISTS TURNED THEIR HEADS AWAY IN DISGUST, THE UNINITIATED...
How I Met Lincoln
SOME DISTINGUISHED enthusiasts reveal just how they fell under his powerful spell ALTHOUGH LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY has disappeared from our calendar of national holidays (swallowed up into the convenient but somehow unsatisfying Presidents' Day), there...
My Moon Shot
IT WAS THE SUMMER OF 1973, AND I WAS A SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Boy Scout who seemed destined to "age out" at First Class rank unless I could earn one final merit badge, which would advance me to Star. I decided to pursue one of the newest badges, Space...
Ringside
On June 22, 1938, Joe Louis was scheduled to fight a rematch against Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium. (Schmeling had unceremoniously knocked out Joe two years before.) Both fights had political and racial overtones: Hitler was arming Germany and screaming...
Setting Down the Parallels
After a decade of wars, elections, and other calamities, our interpreter passes the baton AFTER TEN YEARS OF WRITING THIS COLUMN, I AM SAYING A FOND farewell. Not to American Heritage or to writing in general, merely to "In the News." I had intended...
Straight Talk from Camp Humbug
A soldier's timeless meditation on the frustrations of military life IN THE AUTUMN OF 1856, 1ST LT. ORLANDO Bolivar Willcox was dispatched with his regiment to the malaria-infested swamps of Florida to participate in the Third Seminole War. Willcox,...
The Holocaust and Kosovo
National Memory's Role in the Balkans IN NATIONS, INCREASING POWER SEEMS to bring with it an expanded sense of moral obligation. Until the nineteenth century, for example, famines were considered natural disasters, catastrophes that regimes could...
The Time Machine
July/August 1974 Twenty-five Years Ago The Birth of Punk On August 16 the pioneering punk-rock band the Ramones made its debut at CBGB's, a seedy Bowery bar that one French reference work extravagantly calls le temple new-yorkais du punk....
The Trouble with the Bixby Letter
The stirring Civil War document featured in Saving Private Ryan grew out of a lie and probably wasn't really written by Lincoln SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, Steven Spielberg's big movie of 1998, prefaces its plot with the very moving reading of a famous...
What Happened to Organized Labor?
FIFTY YEARS AGO unions seemed invincible, but they've been losing battles and members ever since. The reasons their fortunes fell suggest that they're sure to rise again. ON OCTOBER 24, 1995, IN THE THICK OF A BITTER CONTEST FOR the presidency of...