American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 2, April

1649 Three Hundred and Fifty Years Ago
Toleration in Maryland On April 21 Maryland's colonial assembly passed "An Act Concerning Religion," more commonly known as the Religious Toleration Act. Despite this title, the opening sections of the act concerned anything but toleration; they...
1799 Two Hundred Years Ago
The Fries Rebellion On April 4 a detachment of five hundred soldiers marched from Philadelphia into Bucks and Northampton Counties, Pennsylvania, to put down a revolt against the United States government. The force was overwhelming, and the campaign,...
1924 Seventy-Five Years Ago
That Crossword Fad On April 10 the world's first book of crossword puzzles appeared in stores around the country. Within days, sometimes hours, it disappeared, as ravenous fans snapped up any copies they could find and the publishers scrambled to...
1974 Twenty-Five Years Ago
Dick's Last Trick Watergate dominated the news in April, as it had for more than a year. Each day seemed to bring new evidence of malfeasance by President Richard Nixon and his staff, and in a nation unaccustomed to having a criminal in the White...
A Quartet to Remember
Since the Civil War the nation has sent just four African-Americans to the Senate. Why? HERE WE ARE WITH ONLY nine months left in which our computers have to learn that two-digit numbers signifying a year must be assumed to follow a 20 and not a...
At Ease
We were excited when we heard the news. The gang of would be entertainers, musicians, and magicians who hung around Special Services at Fort Bliss that fall of 1958 was going to have its own live television show. KROD, the local CBS outlet, was going...
Chinatown
A walk with my great-grandfather through the last foreign country in New York City MOTT STREET is like the spine of a dragon. Its head lies on Canal, at the pagoda-roofed headquarters of a secretive tong society; its back curves down beyond Bayard,...
Correspondence
Give me your tired, your poor, your distracted ... AS A PHYSICIAN I WAS VERY INTERESTED in Edward Shorter's September 1998 article "How Prozac Slew Freud." But as a pediatrician I was disappointed in his parting shots at the diagnosis of attention...
Last Look
IN THE FALL OF 1961 I WAS PRACTICING law in Springfield, Illinois, and feeling restless. The thought of running for Congress passed through my mind more than once. We were in the Cold War with the Soviet Union, a conflict that seemed on the brink of...
The Dutch Door to America
"One nation is a copy of the other, said John Adams on his first visit to the Netherlands; two centuries later an American visitor to Holland can still trace the connection WE ARE WELL WEANED FROM THE DELICATE MILK OF OUR mother country, and inured...
The Experiment of the Century
It worked; and in a few millionths of a second, science became more powerful than all the age-old nation-states THE JORNADA DEL MUERTO, THE DEAD MAN'S TRAIL, A WATERLESS seventy-five-mile stretch of alkaline desert in southern New Mexico north of...
The Last Rebel Ground
From Richmond to Appomattox Court House, roads unchanged for 140 years tell the story of the final days, the final hours of the Confederacy IT'S HARDLY MORE THAN THE SIZE OF YOUR BEDROOM, HALF OF IT LIVING quarters, the rest the office. "What about...
The Persistence of Portland
Small, handsome, and often beleaguered, this surprisingly cosmopolitan Maine city has had a history of clawing its way back from oblivion--and today it's on an upswing again I MOVED TO PORTLAND FOUR YEARS AGO FOR A SIMPLE reason: After years of...
Troy's Hidden Treasure
A faded industrial town in upstate New York is home to one of the world's greatest concert halls TROY, NEW YORK, HAS ALWAYS HAD ITS SLEEVES ROLLED UP TO ITS biceps. Lying along the Hudson River and part of a metropolitan area that includes both...
What Sherman Missed
The Old South has survived along Georgia's Antebellum Trail, where the Civil War seems to have happened only yesterday IN NOVEMBER 1864 MAJ. GEN. WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN began to strangle the life out of Georgia, the economic center of the Confederacy....