American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 7, November

A Rebel Remembers
William Fletcher went off to war with surprisingly few illusions, and nothing he saw there gave him new ones Ambrose Bierce was not a notably generous-minded man, and as a Union veteran who had seen action at Shiloh and Chickamauga and had narrowly...
Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington
Three new releases present high points of jazz history in attractive, definitive packages. The Duke Ellington set contains selections from the Duke's best Victor, Bluebird, and RCA recordings - which is to say many of his best recordings ever - beginning...
Cuba Libre
Sexy and melancholy, festive and forlorn, the island has always heated the Yankee imagination. The author visits there in the late afternoon of a straitened era and looks back on four centuries of passionate misunderstandings. In those days, back in...
Miles Davis: The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel: 1965
Three new releases present high points of jazz history in attractive, definitive packages. The Duke Ellington set contains selections from the Duke's best Victor, Bluebird, and RCA recordings - which is to say many of his best recordings ever - beginning...
Picture History
If you'll turn to the portfolio of Mexican War daguerreotypes that accompanies our story on the San Patricios in this issue, you will find in the picture credits a spate of curatorial jabber. Indeed, there's something almost amusing in the idea of these...
The Federal Debt
The federal government was still in the process of establishing itself in 1792 and did not have a good year financially. Total income was only $3,670,000, or 88 cents per capita. Outlays were $5,080,000. The budget deficit therefore amounted to fully...
The Heavyweight Champion, John Coltrane: The Complete Atlantic Recordings
Three new releases present high points of jazz history in attractive, definitive packages. The Duke Ellington set contains selections from the Duke's best Victor, Bluebird, and RCA recordings - which is to say many of his best recordings ever - beginning...
The Item and 'Fight Them' Veto
Presidents have wanted it since before any of us was born There isn't much to laugh about in politics nowadays, but once in a while the convolutions of party produce some moderately amusing results. Witness the sudden slowing, in mid-1995, of the drive...
The Key to the Warren Report
Seen in its proper historical context - amid the height of the Cold War - the investigation into Kennedy's assassination looks much more impressive and its shortcomings much more understandable. In September 1994, after doggedly repeating a white lie...
The Man Who Saved the Cadillac
Something he noticed in its showrooms kept the car from going the way of the Duesenberg and the Marmon Although this will come as a surprise to most academic economists, economics is one of the biological sciences. Free markets operate according to...
The San Patricios
Most of them were American soldiers who fought with skill, discipline, and high courage against a U.S. Army that numbered Ulysses Grant in its ranks. The year was 1847. The court-martial of Capt. John O'Reilly was one of twenty-nine convened by the...
The Winners
From 1954 to 1957 I was a starting guard on the University of Kansas basketball squad. My career was fairly unremarkable until the fall of 1956, when a young Philadelphian named Wilt Chamberlain joined our team. Over seven feet tall with the quickness...
Winter with the Silver Queen
In the mountains of Colorado, a mining town finds new fortunes in its quiet, historic character The first time I saw Georgetown, Colorado, it appeared as a sort of oasis: a cluster of lights that struggled to poke through the dense white gusts of a...