American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 2, April

1951 Truman Dismisses Macarthur
50 YEARS AGO ON APRIL 10 in Washington (April 11 in Asia), President Harry S. Truman removed Gen. Douglas MacArthur as the Army's supreme Asian commander, replacing him with Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway. The move, announced at a hastily summoned news...
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America's Venice
RALPH WALDO EMERSON SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY U.S. CITIZEN WHO HASN'T FALLEN UNDER THE CITY'S SPELL. WHAT COULD BE MORE DIFFERENT THAN VENICE AND an American city? One pretends to represent the continued existence of the past. The other pretends to represent...
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Another Day of Infamy
CONGRESS IS TRYING TO LEGISLATE THE HISTORY OF WHAT HAPPENED ON THE EVE OF PEARL HARBOR WHAT IS HISTORY? IS IT something we decide on the best available evidence, weighing and culling the many varied accounts of the past? Or is it, instead, something...
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Company Town
COLLINSVILLE, CONNECTICUT, RETAINS ALL THE EARMARKS OF ITS 19TH-CENTURY VIGOR--AND MANY DESCENDANTS OF THE PEOPLE WHO FUELED IT IN 1826, 23-YEAR-OLD SAMUEL WATKINSON COLLINS, HIS brother David, and a cousin named William Wells acquired the five-acre...
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Correspondence
LEARNING FROM Q I thought your glimpses of John Quincy Adams in the February/March issue ("History Now" and "In the News") were particularly timely, coinciding as the issue did with the inauguration of that other son of a President, George W. Bush....
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Death of a Marque
OLDSMOBILE, GONE AFTER 107 YEARS IN DECEMBER, GENERAL Motors announced that it would phase out its Oldsmobile line by 2004. Thus the oldest name in American automobiles will disappear, after 107 years. This is important, of course, only symbolically....
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General LeMay Meets Fat Man
THE ARCHITECT OF THE BLANKET FIREBOMBING OF GERMANY AND JAPAN VISITS A QUONSET HUT ON TINIAN DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, I was a soldier assigned to Los Alamos, part of the famous Special Engineering Detachment ("SED"). SEDs were soldiers who were...
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Maryland INVITES EXPLORATION, RELAXATION
A trip to Maryland is like a visit to a lifelong friend -- exciting, enlightening and exceptionally relaxing. From its western mountains to its coastal reaches, the Old Line State extends a warm and genuine welcome, with a dazzling variety of visitor...
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On `Wisconsin'
A BATTLESHIP COMES HOME WELL BEFORE DAWN ON DECEMBER 7, 2000, hundreds of Navy veterans of three wars assembled at Norfolk Naval Station to board the USS Wisconsin for its final journey. Launched on Pearl Harbor Day in 1943, the nation's last and...
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Return to Midway
THE ATOLL WHERE THE TIDE OF THE PACIFIC WAR TURNED IS NO W BOTH A STIRRING HISTORICAL LANDMARK AND A STUNNING WILDLIFE REFUGE. AS WE APPROACHED, the pilot came on the 737's PA system to announce that he would be swinging around the coral atoll before...
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Secrets of the `Hunley'
RESEARCHERS PREPARE TO LOOK INSIDE THE LONG- BURIED CONFEDERATE SUBMARINE WITH A 90-POUND EXPLOSIVE charge attached to an iron spar protruding from her bow, the Confederate sub H. L. Hunley looked like a lopsided hypodermic needle. On the night...
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Showdown at the Bohemian Grove
THE MANAGER, THE PARKING CREW, AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN 1963 I SPENT THE SUMMER PARKING cars at the Bohemian Grove, an exclusive all-male retreat on the Russian River in northern California. Although I'd heard rumors of Bacchanalian feasts and...
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The Best Roadside Attractions
PERFORMING BEARS, THE GOLF OF MEXICO, AND MORE. I've been photographing roadside America and collecting its stories for nearly 25 years, so it was hard to restrict myself to only 10 favorite attractions. I could easily have focused on Florida alone,...
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The Eames Era
AFTER WORLD WAR I, THINGS WERE SUPPOSED to go back to normal, but trying to remember "normal" proved harder than anyone thought. In the aftermath of World War II, Americans didn't make that mistake. Things then were supposed to be different, and it...
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The Erie Rising
All along its 360-mile route, towns to which the canal gave birth are looking to its powerful ghost for economic revival. ARMED WITH A FADED PICTURE AND A DREAM, WE SET OUT FROM THE SUPERMARKET parking lot. Our quest: one of the last visible remnants...
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The Other Cape
ON THE RUGGED COAST NORTH OF BOSTON, FOUR TOWNS SHARE A LONG HISTORY OF MORTAL PERIL AND ENDURING BEAUTY. CAPE COD and Cape Ann--two seashore vacation draws not far from Boston--might appear to be siblings. But in truth the two Massachusetts capes...
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The Recovery of `Aurora'
FLYING TO THE AID OF SCOTT CARPENTER WHEN HE SPLASHED DOWN 240 MILES OFF TARGET AT 7:45 A.M. ON May 24, 1962, Aurora 7 blasted off Launch Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The prelaunch countdown had been the smoothest of any American space mission...
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The Voting Machine Problem
WHY THE TROUBLE IN FLORIDA WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN IT WAS FITTING THAT when Y2K disaster finally struck, it did so in a way nobody had foreseen--and in a way nobody even recognized as Y2K disaster. But that was what the electoral mess in Florida really...
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This Week in History
When surveyed across the ages, each date on our calendar becomes historic. The list of inventions and discoveries, epic battles and disasters, social milestones and unforgettable trivia turns every single week into a kaleidoscope of civilization's...
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Under Water
LONGER AGO THAN I HAVE ANY DESIRE to admit, I made my first and only trip to Venice, as part of a summer tour with a group of college students. The supposedly "liberal" National Student Association, which ran the trip and featured get-togethers and...
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Water World
A journey aboard a 70-year-old steamboat through an engineering wonder that relatively few people have seen and a landscape where many of the human outposts will, sooner or later, drown. Among the variety of American travelers, those who visit a...
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West Virginia
West Virginia bills itself as "Wild and Wonderful", a classic cause and effect of its location in the highest and most rugged section of the Appalachian Mountains. For nearly 200 years after Jamestown was colonized in 1607, West Virginia's daunting...
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Who's That Girl?
GRANT WOOD'S STERN-VISAGED IOWA FARMER LOOKS OLD ENOUGH TO BE HER FATHER, IS HE? SCORES OF READERS CHIDED US for using Grant Wood's American Gothic on our November cover to illustrate a story about divorce: Don't we know that the pair in the painting...
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