American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 1, February-March

Deep in the Delta
Helena, Arkansas, is a classic Mississippi River town. But it doesn't exactly reflect the richly ornamented world of Showboat. Spend a day or two there and you can watch Helena being put back together, against great odds and in a time when every preservation...
Desert Drives: The Best of the Southwest
Sundown in the desert. You pull off the road to catch the daily sound and light show. Red sandstone pinnacles glow in the dying sun, cactus wrens twitter, spiky saguaros extend their comical green fingers to the sky. Behind you is another day well spent...
Doctor Wiley and His Poison Squad
As Congress reassembled last autumn, the press reported an upsurge in campaign contributions by tobacco companies to fight new efforts to combat smoking--especially by declaring nicotine an addictive substance that can be regulated by the U.S. Food and...
'For God and Country.' (Volunteers of America)(Special Advertising Section)
The year is 1896. Responding to dire social needs and a growing American patriotism, a new movement is founded at a mass rally in New York. It's called "Volunteers of America." The 100-year record of Volunteers of America merits a special chapter in...
My Search for Douglas MacArthur
An overheard remark sent the author off on a years-long quest to discover the truth about a man whose power to inspire both rage and reverence has only grown after his death In the summer of 1958 I joined the Army straight out of high school and two...
One Englishman's America
I love America. I Wonder how many Englishmen can say that. Most of us know it too little to feel strong emotion one way or the other. New York, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Florida holiday resorts--that is the America of most English people....
Our Civil War CD-ROM
While fully and freely admitting that my knowledge of the field is not much greater than George M. fCohan's, I Will say that a great many CD-ROMs look pretty feeble to me. They are so wily promoted as the path to the future that every enterprise seems...
Paper Losses, Real Losses
During one week last summer the stock market suddenly soured on technology stocks. Microsofts William S. Gates saw his fortune decline by an awesome 2.4 billion dollars. To get some idea of just how much money that is, consider that if a person had a...
The End of Racism?
It's said that Flannery O'Connor was the first graduate of a university writing program to stake a claim to major-writer status. Dinesh D'Souza is a similar figure for the intellectual-policy-journalistic training-and-support network that the conservative...
The Forgotten History of the Florida Keys
The earliest written description of the Florida Keys flowed in Spanish from the quill of Juan Ponce de Leon in 1503, but the unwritten history of the Keys pre-dates the Spanish explorer by thousands of years. We don't know much about those early times,...
The Interloper
In the summer of 1967 I was working on my master's degree at the University of South Carolina, and I had to take a high-powered seminar on twentieth-century American history, about which I was abysmally ignorant. At the time, James F. ("Jimmy") Byrnes,...
The Return of the Peacemakers
From the moment he was first inspired to paint it, George Peter Alexander Healy harbored huge ambitions for the canvas he entitled The Peacemakers. The artist longed for it to be universally embraced as "a true historical picture," cherished as the emblem...
Wallfare
A RICH VARIETY OF FENCES IS ONE OF the many charms of the American landscape: the wooden rail fence of the rural Midwest and South and the picket fence of the town, crude barbed wire surrounding prairie fields and ornate iron palings protecting village...