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Articles from Vol. 60, No. 3, Fall

America's Oddest Election: The Sure Win That Lincoln Nearly Lost
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JUST SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE presidential election of November 1860 and only days after winning his party's nomination, Abraham Lincoln received some stunning advice from one of his chief supporters, William Cullen Bryant. The...
Editor's Letter
THIS ISSUE WE BRING you essays on some important subjects: the 200-year-old seesaw struggle between Congress and the president, the unending fiasco in Korea, and the largely forgotten civil war our patriots fought with former friends and family who...
FDR Declassified: After 65 Years, the Archives of FDR's Personal Secretary Are Now Open to the Public
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON JUNE 30, 2010, 14 boxes containing a treasure trove of more than 5,000 personal letters, notes, and photographs from the Roosevelt administration and his family arrived at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park,...
Good Grief! I Can't Be 60. That's 360 Dog Years ... the Lovable Gang of Kids and Dog Came from the Imagination of a Man Who Adored Children
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON OCTOBER 2, 1950, MY FATHER SIGNED WITH UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE, BELIEVING THAT HIS JOB WAS TO HELP EDITORS SELL NEWSPAPERS. HE STARTED IN SEVEN PAPERS. FIFTY YEARS LATER, WITH THE STRIP APPEARING IN A RECORD 2,600 NEWSPAPERS,...
Guide to Historic Sites in West Virginia
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Northern Panhandle Grave Creek Archaeological Complex Around 250 B.C. the Adena people constructed this 62-foot-high, multiple-level burial mound, which visitors can...
The Imperial Congress: An Impetuous and Sometimes Corrupt Congress Has Often Hamstrung the Efforts of the President since the Earliest Days of the Republic
ON A LITTLE-REMARKED, steamy day in late June 1973, a revolution took place in Washington, D.C., one that would transfer far more power and wealth than did the revolt against King George III in 1776. On the 29th, a sweaty, angry majority of the House...
The Last Confederate Prison: Archaeologiest in Georgia Have Found the Location of the Prison That Served as an Overflow Facility for Andersonville
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NOVEMBER 17, 1864 -- Three of our men were frozen to death last night in the stockade! Large fires are going, but many are so reduced in vitality that they easily froze notwithstanding," wrote Union Pvt. Robert Knox Sneden...
Was Jefferson Davis Captured in a Dress? A Story That the Confederate President Donned a Petticoat to Evade Capture Emerged Right after Union Cavalrymen Apprehended Him in Georgia at War's End. but Is It True?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON SUNDAY, May 14, 1865, Benjamin Brown French, commissioner of public buildings for the District of Columbia, left his home on Capitol Hill to buy a copy of the Daily Morning Chronicle. "When I came up from breakfast I went...
With Little Less Than Savage Fury: America's First Civil War Rook Place during the Revolution, an Ultra Violent, Family-Splitting, and Often Vindictive Conflict between Patriots and Loyalists
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON APRIL 22, 1775, three days after a British column marched out of Boston and clashed with militiamen at Lexington and Concord, the news--and the cry of Revolution!--reached Danbury, Connecticut, where 18-year-old Stephen...
Wrong Turns in Korea: Miscalculations and Blunders by World Leaders Precipitated the Korean War 60 Years Ago
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY, the Korean War looks much like Vietnam, a pointless conflict that gained nothing for those who began it: North Korea's Kim Il-sung and South Korea's Syngman Rhee, with the consent of the Soviet Union's...