American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 1, February-March

Amateur Ambassador
It was February 14, 1972, and early morning in the local time zone. I pressed the aircraft transmitter switch and spoke. "Shanghai Tower, this is MAC four-zero-six-two-niner on Victor one-one-niner-decimal-seven, over." The response was immediate. "Roger,...
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America the Ungrateful
Capt. Louis Francois Bertrand Dupont d'Aubevoye, Comte de Lauberdiere, served the patriot cause in the Revolution, did all he could to teach Virginians proper French manners, made love to the local women--and found every American inferior. Except for...
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An Immense and Distant Roof: A Great and Living Monument to Commerce, Engineering, Art, and Human Ingenuity
In You Can't Go Home Again Thomas Wolfe wrote that "few buildings are vast enough to hold the sound of time, and . . . there was a superb fitness in the fact that the one which held it better than all others should be a railroad station. For here,...
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Faces of History in the Florida Keys
JUAN PONCE DE LEON "Courteous and kind he was, ruddy of face . . . in every gesture strong and full of grace." Thus was he described by a 16th-century Spanish historian. The official chronicler of Spain's New World empire called him "spirited,...
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History's Largest Lessons
A historian of the ancient world believes that in every era humankind has reacted to the demands of waging war in surprisingly similar ways, and that to protect our national interests today Americans must understand the choices soldiers and statesmen...
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House Tour: With the First Flowers of Spring, Front Gates in Charleston Swing Open to Strangers
I had visited Charleston, South Carolina, twice over the years, touring the great house museums that summed up the glory of the eighteenth-century city, ferrying out to Fort Sumter, and dining superbly on she-crab soup and platters of shrimp. Much...
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Legacy
One evening a year or so ago I found myself at a party speaking with Lorenzo DuFau and James W. Graham about events that had taken place before I was born. The occasion was the launching of our newest magazine, American Legacy, a quarterly devoted...
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Massacre
* As they rose and began their chores on the morning of March 22, settlers along Virginia's James River had reason to be optimistic about the future. After the harrowing first few years that followed its founding in 1607, the colony was starting to...
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The 'Eastland.' (Capsized Passenger steamship)(My Brush with History)(Column)
THE EASTLAND After dinner on winter Sunday evenings, the women sat in the parlor. The men lingered in the kitchen, standing in a wide half-circle around the white enameled stove. They sipped coffee, smoked cigars, and talked about the ships and...
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The Inlander
His contemporaries saw the painter Charles Burchfield as another regionalist. Today it seems clear that the region was the human spirit. Toward the end of his life, Charles Burchfield wrote a description of a place that had haunted him since he was...
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The Interview
During the late 1940s I lived in Rowayton, a small Connecticut village, with my wife and two small children. I was the art director of Columbia Records, a job I dearly loved. In my work I had many opportunities to meet the musical celebrities of the...
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The Kids' Judge: A Turn-of-the-Century Jurist Devoted His Life to Keeping the Young out of What He Called "A School for Crime." (Ben Lindsey)(Column)
When I came upon a news item not long ago to the effect that the Florida representative Bill McCollum had called for changes in federal law that would allow for the trial (in certain circumstances) of thirteen- and fourteen-year-old juveniles as adults...
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The Mormon Pioneer Trail: An Odyssey Revisited
The wagon ruts, as vivid as quarry incisions, are still visible. So are the names scrawled on bluffs and boulders. They are indelible testimony to the 1,300-mile trek the Mormons followed 150 years ago across Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and...
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Women Who Smoke and the Men Who Arrest Them
* Having recently secured the right to vote, America's women rose up in early 1922 to defend an even more fundamental liberty: the right to smoke. In February newspapers reported the shocking news that smoking was common among female students at Northwestern,...
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